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Cannabis: From a Social and Scientific Standpoint

-Featured Image By Chelsea Kintz The Supremacy Clause permits state and federal law to diverge, but the ultimate jurisdiction resides with the federal government.1 Cannabis regulations fall under this clause because, as many of us know,  each state can implement its unique cannabis laws that stand separately from the federal ban on cannabis. The response to cannabis is completely unlike the […]

When Science Communication Fails

-Featured Image By Gabrielle Cox Flashback to late March 2020. An overwhelming majority of businesses and schools are closing their doors because of a new virus spreading across the globe. Many are confused, scared, and panicking as toilet paper and masks are selling out. Where does everyone look for answers? Most turned to their phones and televisions as a way […]

Can Science Be Anti-Colonial?

Scientists are trained to think in very specific ways, to focus on the individual by disconnecting our subject from the complex factors that affect it. We do this in an effort to make it easier to understand our discoveries and avoid bias. This method has brought us a wealth of knowledge about our world: helping to cure and prevent disease, develop technologies that connect us in meaningful ways, and identify and help to solve our problems. But, too often, it is seen as the only or best way of knowing. I argue that is not the case.

The Virtues of Volcanoes

– Featured Image By Mikayla Kauinana You may have heard about the numerous volcanic eruptions happening through the Spring of 2021, but did you know there were 45 active volcanoes as of March 12th?1 This fact may freak you out because we tend to only focus on the destructive power of volcanoes that impacts people, crops, and communities. However, objectively, […]

Drowning in Waste By 2020?

– Featured Image By Emily May Growing global waste management issues, increasing climate change pressures, and missing our UC-Wide Zero Waste by 2020 goals inspires IDEASS Lab team, Myceliall Solutions, to take matters into their own hands.  It’s Fall of 2021 and after a whirlwind year, you’ve finally made it back onto campus. You’re rushing over to a café to […]

Sex in Space?

Space has been a fantasy I have recently been exploring. I love space-themed movies and TV shows; they provide a detailed feeling of extraterrestrial life outside the one we’ve known. Aesthetically, space can be a beautiful setting or an amazing plot point to a movie, like it is in Guardians of the Galaxy. Stories that are accompanied by the mysteries […]

The Nuclear Option

By Samuel Ross, Staff Writer Human beings are a particularly resilient species. Despite all the filth we have created for ourselves, we somehow always manage to find a way to thrive comfortably. What makes this so amazing is how easily we can pull ourselves out of the grime and innovate when we really want to. Our most magnificent feats come […]

Ecoanxiety: Climate Crisis and Mental Meltdown

Have you ever learned something about the state of the environment that made you want to give up on life? Maybe it was the latest statistics on biodiversity loss, the realization of how much plastic is and will be in landfills for thousands of years, or maybe it was the latest and bleakest climate reports forecasting a future of environmental […]

Fingerprinting: A Word of Precaution

Fingerprints are like social security numbers—they hold the key to your identity. No two fingerprints are alike, and biometric scanners can even differentiate twins, no matter how similar they are. Biometrics not only reinforce security but also establish accessible and reliable records of employees’ work hours. Such technology eliminates fraudulent input of hours. Biometrics are also used in air travel. […]