In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a specific patent on gene testing for an isolated strand of DNA, which is thought to be linked to hereditary breast cancer. The invalidation of the patent, held by Myriad Genetics, meant that the company no longer had a monopoly on this method of cancer detection, and the […]

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Until news broke earlier this year that a deal was in the works between Iran and other members of the United Nations Security Council, it seemed that the nuclear question had been a strictly binary argument as of late. The compromise requires that either nuclear limitations are lightened and sanctions against Iran are lifted, or […]

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Hottest import of 2015? The hashtag. Back in 2013, the French Ministry of Culture banned the use of the English word “hashtag” in French media and culture. The Académie Française, the French government’s institution charged with preserving the French language and classic culture, instead commissioned the word “mot-dièse” to represent the # symbol. Words like […]

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Earlier in 2015, news broke that Greece could potentially be leaving the European Union, colloquially called the “Grexit,” or the Greek exit from the Eurozone. This was astonishing for many reasons: it would be the first country to leave the EU since its founding in 1993, and the announcement came soon after Greece’s economic and […]

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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin wanted to send a message “to the cosmos” and probably to NASA as well. On Monday, the 85-year-old posted a picture on Twitter standing in front of Stonehenge revealing his T-shirt, Clark Kent style, that reads, “Get your a** on Mars.” From an overly analytical perspective, the actual juxtaposition of an ancient […]

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At 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress. Where was U.S. President Barack Obama? Answer: not invited. The event that took place is rather unconventional, as generally when two nations are forging diplomatic relations, the premiers of each convene as a public spectacle and to have an administrative […]

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And you thought they were only in space. Well, better brush up on some “Doomsday Preppers,” because black holes have spread to the Earth’s surface, and they are increasing in number. All jokes aside, one of the most recent phenomena in Earth’s geology is the formation of massive craters in the mountainous region of the […]

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To celebration enthusiasts, Tuesday was known as the great Mardi Gras. The religious origins of the holiday really are a “holy” day, i.e. Shrove Tuesday. Originally a Catholic holiday, Shrove Tuesday has a certain implication of solemnity. Traditionally, the name “Shrove” comes from the term “shrive,” meaning “to confess.” The day became a preparation event […]

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Among America’s younger generations, especially the neophyte voters, being affiliated with the Republican Party seems to be rare. This may be for a couple of reasons, which all go back to a core problem that the Grand Old Party is attempting to tackle in 2016. Young GOP affiliates may be quiet supporters and don’t necessarily […]

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Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton Political parties play a huge role in the American voting tradition. Even though, according to a Jan. 12 Gallup poll, Americans have become disenchanted with the two main political parties, the ideologies that shape the parties and those opposing them remain the driving forces of American individual politics. A common […]

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