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The Real Life “Perfect” Memory: Hyperthymesia

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to remember all that you’ve ever experienced, in almost perfect detail? Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to remember everything your teacher went over during class, or what it was like being an infant? This is the astonishing reality for those living with hyperthymesia, but it’s not always as “bright and sunny” as it may seem. What is hyperthymesia? Hyperthymesia, also known as Highly Superior

Real Life

5 Reasons to Use Birth Control (Other Than Birth Control)

Studies show that nearly 66% of women of reproductive age use some form of birth control, whether it be condoms, the pill, patches, IUDs, or other methods. Hormonal forms of birth control act upon the endocrine system by releasing synthetic hormones that mimic the naturally-produced hormones estrogen and progesterone. While the primary reason for taking hormonal birth control is actual birth control, up to 14% of women who take it do so for other purposes.

Real Life

“Have You Tried The Frog?”: A Modern Look Into Alternative Medical Treatments

While Americans might be more familiar with the practices of modern medicine involving drugs, radiation and surgery to treat diseases, injuries and their symptoms, these are not the only methods that can be used to heal the body. Approximately 38 percent of adults in the U.S. have tried types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which is an umbrella term that includes practices like acupuncture, aromatherapy, yoga, naprapathy, herbal medicine and hypnosis.    Often times

Real Life

Teens Are Chronically Stressed and Sleep Deprived

Wake up at 6 AM. Drive to school. Spend 8 hours in tough classes. Go to after school activities for 3 hours. Come home. Shower, eat, spend time with your family. Do homework and study. Get some sleep. Repeat. The daily routine of the conventional high school student consists of a jam-packed schedule that can be highly stressful and take up time that should be spent sleeping. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, a

Sex-ED

Here’s Why STDs Are On the Rise

The past few years have been record-breaking in terms of the sheer number of STIs present in the country, particularly among adolescents and young adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 15 to 19 year old sexually active females have an STD. Additionally, 15 to 24 year olds account for half of the 20 million new STIs occurring each year, 65% of the 98% rise of chlamydia between 2000 and 2016,

International

The World’s Largest Child Sacrifice Site May Have Been Discovered

Bones dug under the sand; this is what is left of hundreds of children and llamas that have been laying in Peru’s northern coast, forgotten for around 550 years. The remains of more than 140 children and 200 llamas were found on a cliff in the north-west coast of Trujillo, the third largest city in Peru; the site, Huanchaquito-Las Llamas, had already become known in 2011 for similar discoveries. Since then, excavations have uncovered this massive number of victims, which were, accordingly, all

Real Life

Human Eggs Successfully Grown In Lab

Scientists have successfully grown human eggs to the full maturity in a lab for the first time. Yes, you read that correctly. According to data released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, their research has “demonstrated that under certain conditions, it is possible to achieve accelerated oocyte/follicle development from human primordial/primary follicles,” or that growing a human egg, outside of the body, from immature egg cells is very possible. This had never been documented

Feminism

Men Are Invited to Speak At Top U.S. Universities More Frequently Than Women

A recent study found that men made up 69% of colloquium speakers at top U.S. universities, compared to 31% of women. For the study, researchers built a database of every colloquium speaker from six different departments: biology, bioengineering, political science, history, psychology and sociology from the top 50 U.S. universities. The study estimated the full pool of available speakers by listing every professor in the chosen fields working at the top 100 U.S. universities and

Politics

Corbyn vs. May: Using Maths to Find the More Eloquent Speaker

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are, as of now, the two towering figures that seem to dominate politics in the United Kingdom. May and Corbyn – the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition respectively – have, in their careers, endeavored to master the art of speeches, political campaigning, and persuasive language. This art, however, is not by any necessity unscientific. The truth, in fact, is the opposite. A politician can completely alter the manner

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Do “Healing Crystals” Really Work? Science Says No

Healing crystals seem to be everywhere nowadays — celebrities Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne have been seen crystal shopping, and crystal shops are thriving in areas like Los Angeles. Proponents claim that different crystals can boost your energy, relieve stress, and even repel “negative energy and pollutants”.  Modern crystal “healing” borrows from a myriad of cultural traditions including the Chinese chi or qi, a “life-energy”, and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras. These crystals

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