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Scientific research unveils new revelations on a near daily basis, covering a wide array of topics; from the ideal amount of sleep to the effects certain foods have on the brain. One area of study that, culturally, has always been the subject of much attention is dieting. It should be noted that dieting is not limited to cutting back food intake and only eating vegetables. Pursuing information about diet trends is often done to better understand what the body needs to function best, and where to get it. For example, dairy products offer a valuable source of vitamin D, which…

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In early October of 2019, at-home genetic test service 23andMe informed users of its updated Ancestry Composition reports. This adjustment followed feedback discussing how much data 23andMe pulls from which areas. It also comes from feedback concerning the representation of which ethnic groups their reports cover. The company informed users of their continual updates to such reports as a way “to better reflect the diversity of our customer base.”

You asked, we listened. We’re committed to constantly improving our Ancestry Composition report to better reflect the diversity of our customer base. …

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Experiencing sleep is relatively simple, without much thought required behind it. A mindful meal free of caffeine and sugar, avoidance of electronics, and a darkened environment provide the ingredients for a peaceful and restful slumber. The science of sleep, however, is more involved.

Why humans sleep has been the subject of numerous studies and speculation. The answer likely lies with what exactly happens when we sleep. Often in nature, form fits function. Hands allow for grabbing and climbing. Teeth take different shape in the mouth for tearing and chewing purposes. …

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Carriers of the disease sickle cell anemia may see a long term source of relief on the horizon. A new gene therapy, still in the clinical trial stage as of March 2019, involves the addition of a functional beta-globin gene to isolated stem cells that are then returned to the patient.

Sickle cell anemia also called sickle cell disease (SCD) is a heritable blood disorder that affects an individual’s hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen through the body. Rather than the round, pliant nature red blood cells take, in individuals with…

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Changes in the environment have reached levels that create noticeable and negative impacts around the globe. The threat of melting ice elevating sea levels, droughts and heightened temperatures leading to famine, and the like have led to intervention attempts on multiple levels. Regulations on companies that leave a carbon footprint have guided how industries operate; others still take the initiative and boast of policies that invoke green practices. Now, the question of geoengineering, and most recently solar geoengineering, has been brought into the spotlight, inspiring debates on the logistics, ethics, and depth of such a practice.

Geoengineering: The Full Scope

Geoengineering is a form…

For young orphans and adoptees, distance from their culture can mean divorce from their culture and the adoptee must build their own oasis in an environment ready to tear it down.

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What are you?”

Ravkan, Shu. Grisha, soldier. Saint, orphan. Mapmaker, friend. Alina Starkov has had many labels bestowed upon her in her young life, all trying to answer the question everyone poses to her, “what are you?”

She’s first confronted with General Kirigan insisting, “I’ll ask again, what are you?”

“Then what are you?” she’s asked by the queen.

Then Baghra poses the question from a new angle Alina must consider: “Where do you belong?”

In exploring how to handle her half Shu identity, we need to consider the coexistence of her identity as half Shu and one more crucial label: orphan. It…

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I was in college when first I heard complaints against students receiving accommodations. Those complaints came primarily from other students. In a moment of empathy, I imagined myself in their place, seeing some handful of people granted extra time, a quiet room, different equipment, and all other matter of what might seem like irrelevant, nonsensical, but still so very different tools. It could, on the outside, look arbitrary enough to earn an eye roll, or special enough to spur envy.

However, every day I must walk in my own shoes and see through my own eyes. And my steps are…

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Established in 1999, Jaslyk (“youth”) Prison passes itself off nominally as a youth camp. But reports from inmates of Jaslyk reveal it to be a place of torture. It is this notorious facility that Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has ordered closed. Finally, in 2019, 20 years since its formation, sees Jaslyk Prison closed — but its legacy remains a dark stain.

President Mirziyoyev’s predecessor, Islam Karimov, headed an administration partially focused on the reformation of Uzbek identity following independence from the Soviet Union. In this pursuit, however, and alongside acts of corruption and staunch civil rights abuses and censorship, Karimov’s…

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The ability to smell provides many advantages. In addition to driving pleasure from pleasant fragrances, it adds multiple layers to any meals consumed. The taste buds along the tongue provide information on the food’s basic tastes, but the rest of the unique flavors are experienced through the involvement of smell. Beyond fuller enjoyments of culinary delights, a functional sense of smell can act as a valuable source of safety. Gas leaks can be detected by scent, for instance, allowing for the problem to be amended or the area to be vacated.

Those who do not enjoy the full benefits of…

Robert K. Massie’s books on Russian history set the bar for research and writing style. Image Source: Patrick Burns/The New York Times / Barnes & Noble

On Monday, December 2, 2019, revered author of Russian history Robert K. Massie passed away at his home in Irvington, Kentucky. He was 90 years old and died due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease, according to his wife and literary agent, Deborah Karl.

Robert Kinloch Massie III was born in Versailles, Kentucky. He was born to an educator father and progressive activist mother. He earned degrees from Yale and then Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.

Though he had brief stints as a journalist and came to primarily make his name as a Russian history scholar, Massie also briefly taught at…

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