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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

Stop Using “Science” to Justify Your Sexism

It’s an age-old justification: women are inferior to men in aspects such as physical and intellectual abilities, a reasoning for misogyny against the female species. Those who use this theory claim it as science, implying that it is an undebatable matter. This is not science. This is sexism. And here’s real science to prove it. The ideology of female inferiority as a whole goes back through centuries of time, but it was birthed as a

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

Real Life

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

International

Dystopian Fantasy or Real Life? A Robot Has Been Granted Citizenship in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia took one giant leap for machine-kind today when Sophia the robot became the first robot in history to be granted citizenship.  Sophia, who once said with a blank expression that she will “destroy humans,” is the latest action working towards Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s plan to build a new megacity called Neom. Neom aims to have a population consisting of more robots than people. The city, which will be larger than Dubai, will

Mental Health

Research Supporting Mindfulness Is Surprisingly Lacking

Mindfulness seems to be one of the most hyped-up health trends right now. But does it actually work? Unfortunately, many psychologists are afraid that some of the claims made by proponents of mindfulness aren’t supported by real research. In fact, it became such a problem that recently 15 respected psychologists and cognitive scientists published an article detailing all of the issues with current assertions. Many of the studies used lacked a standard definition of what “mindfulness” really

Environment

What Has Caused the Most Recent Earthquakes? The Science Behind Faults Explained

On Sept. 19, 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded at least 19 earthquakes across the world. Most notable being the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook Mexico and caused fatalities leading into the hundreds. In reality, earthquakes happen almost every day. Magnitude 2 and smaller earthquakes occur several hundred times a day worldwide, while major earthquakes (magnitude 7) occur once a month. “Great earthquakes” (magnitude 8 and higher) occur about once per year. The earth is made up of

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