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On regulating drones

On April 17, a British Airways flight that was returning from Geneva was thought to have been hit by a drone as it was approaching Heathrow airport in London. Although the damage was minimal — and it is unclear that the obstruction was a drone — this incident is a timely reminder that stricter laws and…

Almond milk: A worthy investment?

Almonds are unquestionably a healthy snack. In addition to providing protein, antioxidants and other forms of nutrition that are normally attributed to vegetables and fruits, eating almonds daily leads to a 3.5 percent lower chance of heart risk ten years later. However, the sharp increase in almond popularity and demand over the past decade has raised…

Problems with persistent DNA databases

Curiosity about where one comes from is a natural, human instinct. Everyone wonders who their ancestors were, where they came from, and what they looked like. Companies like 23andMe and ancestry.com have risen in response to these longings, allowing people to learn about the ancestors by taking DNA tests. Although they have found some success in quenching this need, they have also been dogged by privacy concerns.

Opening access to academic writing: On supporting the petition against Elsevier

Getting a manuscript published has always been an extensive process. From finding an editor who will publish to spending hours editing the manuscript, authors often spend months just working through the publishing process. Given the length and demanding nature of the publishing process, we might expect that authors are reasonably compensated. For academic authors, however,…

Sharing: A case for the completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

The successful completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam should be a momentous event—not only for the country of Ethiopia, but also for the African continent since it would mark the triumph of the largest hydroelectric project in Africa. However, since its inception in 2011, the daring project has produced much controversy, especially amongst Egyptian politicians.