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Data Journalism

My journalism professor assigned this project involving data journalism. Along with a few of my peers who share my interest in science, I wrote some case studies on different publications and how they utilized data in their science articles. Mack Veltman, Ryan Eberle, Hannah Morrow, Tyler Smith, Natalie Waitt-Gibson. Introduction Over the past few decades,... Continue Reading →

Season’s End: Riverdale

After an uneven first few episodes, Riverdale offers an entertaining and chilling season conclusion. I didn't actually think I would be that interested in Riverdale, a mature CW adaptation of the popular Archie comics I read as a child. I never really watched shows that featured twenty-something-year-olds trying to pass off as high school students while navigating the complicated... Continue Reading →

Genes and Time Travel

Imagine scientists can turn your genetic clock back in time to cure diseases like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. This seems like an idea straight from the Twilight Zone, but as I discussed earlier with the CRISPR Cas9, the technology to do so actually exists, and is accelerating every day. We know this technology as the controversial... Continue Reading →

The Force is Strong With This One

"It's time for the Jedi to end," is the ominous phrase wrapping up the trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.  The trailer, which was released Friday morning, highlights Rey's training with Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, who channels his former master Yoda, and encourages the young heroine to breath and reach into the Force.... Continue Reading →

It’s Back

27 years after his big screen debut, Pennywise the Clown is returning to the small town of Derry, Main to terrorize a new generation of filmgoers in the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s classic 1986 horror novel. “It” was first adapted in the 1990 live action film starring Tim Curry in the iconic role as... Continue Reading →

GATTACA and Genetically Enhanced Humans: Fact or Fiction?

Published on Front Line Genomics: http://www.frontlinegenomics.com/blog/11167/gattaca-genetically-enhanced-humans-fact-fiction/ The ability to alter a human genome to influence eye color, height and strength was a major plot point in the 1997 science fiction film, Gattaca. The movie stars Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, a young man who is considered genetically inferior because of his natural birth, and is thus... Continue Reading →

When Non-Political TV Shows Tackle Politics

This evening I was catching up on one of my favorite television shows, Arrow, and just finished an episode which dealt with the aftermath of a mass shooting and touchy subject of gun control. Arrow, which is currently in its fifth season, is a modern take on DC's Green Arrow, and tells the story of a rich playboy, Oliver Queen, who, after five years of being stranded on an island, returns home to Star City to fight crime with a bow and arrows.

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