Science & Technology

Every Kiss Begins With Kay…and a Lab?

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He drops down onto one knee and opens that small, red velvet jewelry box. Your heart quickens, because you can already anticipate what’s inside. You might imagine that diamond was mined from deep, deep underground, and its natural beauty will complement your finger exquisitely. You might imagine how long that diamond sat below the earth’s […]

The Ethical Implications of Neuroenhancement

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Today, when people have grown up following the adventures of superheroes in comic books, movies and television, it is not surprising that people have begun to turn to certain medications to feel powerful in their daily lives. In his 1993 bestseller, Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer dubs this phenomenon “cosmetic pharmacology” and discusses the ethical […]

Flying High: The Genotoxic Effects of Flying on Airplane Crew and Pilots

Sara Leora Wiener

From the TV show “Pan-Am” to the growing trend to travel the globe, there are many opportunities for us to explore the life of airline pilots and crew. While this life may seem full of exotic trips and locations, the realities are harsher than sunshine and hotels. Prolonged time spent flying results in higher risks […]

Drink Your Diet Soda with Abandon

Doniel Weinreich

In a January article, Michelle Shakib drew a number of negative conclusions on the effects of aspartame. I would like to defend aspartame from these erroneous attacks. While for the purposes of this article I will focus primarily on aspartame, many of my claims can be applied to other non-nutritive sweeteners as well. Any discussion […]

New Semester Got You Stressed? You’re in Luck

All children know that in order to get that chocolate cake for dessert, they must first endure their broccoli and peas. That’s because all parents know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is absolutely essential for their growing tot. But what is it exactly in these fruits and vegetables that is so good […]

A Revolutionary Change

Melissa Stock

Israel is on track towards revolutionizing the country’s transportation with a new high speed train that runs from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. The train will not only decrease travel time but it will also help boost the economy and reduce pollution. It currently takes an average of 78 minutes to travel from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv, but […]

The Next Time You Reach for That Diet Soda…

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The popular low-calorie sweetener aspartame is found almost everywhere. One can find it in every grocery store and most coffee shops and cafes. It is a popular sugar substitute for those looking to keep their daily caloric intake at a minimum. While the taste of sugar combined with zero calories seems like the best of […]

5 Innovations to Look Forward to in 2017

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Technology is never static; it is constantly transforming, adapting, and progressing to satisfy changing consumer preferences and behaviors. Every year, new innovations and trends that were seemingly impossible and even unimaginable in previous years, enter the market. This constant introduction of novel materials is a clear attempt at improvement in a perpetually shifting market system. […]

The Naming of the Four Newly Discovered Elements

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Let us officially welcome in the four newly added elements to the Periodic Table of Elements! The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) approved the names of these four new elements in late November. The discoveries of these elements over the last decade are a major achievement in the basic sciences, confirming the […]

ReWalk: One Step at a Time

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ReWalk Robotics is a high-tech Israeli company whose motto is “More Than Walking”—and for a good reason. ReWalk is a groundbreaking company, creating the first wearable exoskeleton which paraplegics (people paralyzed from the waist down) can wear in order to walk again. Anyone who has seen videos of users wearing the ReWalk device can attest […]