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By Sophia Li

Auguste Deter as drawn by Sophia Zhao
August Deter as drawn by Sophia Zhao

The Institute for the Insane and Epileptic on the outskirts of Frankfurt am Main, Germany was a neo-Gothic styled manor topped with light blue-ridged rooves on a white façade complete with flower gardens, lush courtyards, and wings split up by gender and type of illness. Designed by…

Bhutanese refugee Bhakti Prasad Baral, 83, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at the Beldangi refugee settlement in eastern Nepal. Image courtesy of Santosh Kumar Chaudhary

On April 23rd Biden’s administration announced that more than 50% of adults in the US have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. On the same day, Reuters released that India had reported 332,730 new cases, setting a new worldwide record. As a developing nation, India has been…

By Katie Simic

Black pregnancy stigma
Image courtesy of Pikrepo

This March, we celebrated Women’s History Month and remembered the sacrifices our mothers and grandmothers made to achieve the rights that women have today. …

By Sophia Li

6ft distancing is recommended by the CDC — but why 6ft?
The CDC recommends 6 feet of social distancing between individuals to limit COVID-19 transmission. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

338 days have passed since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in New Haven. Ninety-four days until first-years are allowed back on Yale’s campus. Only 2n+2 the number of guests allowed in a suite at a time (n being the number of permanent residents). A minimum…

By Connie Tian

Caster Semenya winning the silver medal in the 800m race in the 2012 London Olympics. Image courtesy of Jon Connell

Forced to either change her body or relinquish her right to compete in the event that she had trained for her entire life, Mokgadi Caster Semenya faced an impossible ultimatum. An Olympic gold medalist in middle-distance running, Semenya has always faced scrutiny over her sex. After winning…

By Anna Calame

Ethical challenges surround increase surveillance in the pandemic
The expanded use of facial recognition and thermal imaging technologies to contain the spread of COVID-19 has ignited controversy. (Image courtesy of Pixabay)

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and “pandemic fatigue” sets in, researchers and policymakers have sought new ways of ensuring continued adherence to preventive measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Some authorities have turned to an increasingly familiar, but perpetually controversial, solution: the use of artificial intelligence…

By Aparajita Kaphle

Journals and access to science information

The vast field of science has often been heralded as a forum for collaboration. News of cross-country endeavors and multinational partnerships fill our feeds as we read about pharmaceutical endeavors aimed at finding cures, astronomists on the brink of discovering new planets on the horizon, and ecologists…

By Madeline Grupper

PC: Peter Gagilas, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Something as simple and overlooked as trust could be key to protecting natural resources from the growing threat of climate change. The residents of Toledo, Ohio learned this lesson the hard way.

On August 2nd 2014, residents in Toledo awoke to urgent warnings splashed across their morning…

By Tai Michaels

In 2020, California’s wildfires have been larger and more widespread than previous years. Image from

California wildfires this year have been a complete mess. More of the state has burned this year than in any year in recorded history. Five of the six largest wildfires in state history have happened this year including the largest — the first ever to burn over…

How being still can improve our relationship with plants

By Eva Legge

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way — William Blake

Botanical Literacy

Last fall, Tennessee Tech botanist Shawn Krosnick challenged her General Botany students to spend a day without plants. Not just a day without the grass underfoot or lettuce in their salad, but a day without any…

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