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“Water” We Drinking?

Across the country, having access to safe drinking water is a public health concern. This concern especially impacts students, who often have limited control over their drinking water sources and lack the resources to conduct water quality testing. Given that studies have found contaminated drinking water in public schools from the elementary through high school levels in all fifty states,

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Wayfinding and Sustainability: A reflection on the 7th Annual Schneider Memorial Lecture

On the first Tuesday of February, I listened to a story of struggle, death, and extinction, of honor, heritage, and revival. The storyteller was Nainoa Thompson, a native Hawaiian navigator who led a worldwide voyage to bring dignity to his culture and build a worldwide network of people thinking about sustainability in our modern world. The evening began with a

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How to Make Drugs – Without Patents Getting in Your Way

Some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world are also some of the most important. The formulas and synthesis methods for a variety of crucial medications are patented due to the billions of dollars companies make off of them. As prices of prescription medications skyrocket, stories abound of pill-cutting and other tactics to cope with inability to afford

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Thinking Small: A Historical Perspective on the Current Miniaturization of Fusion

  To many in the general public today, the concept of “nuclear fusion” evokes a sense of strange, distant, otherworldly awe. Even in recent pop culture, Marvel’s cinematic Iron Man franchise uses this property of fusion reactors to augment the sleek, futuristic feel of Tony Stark’s suit. Yet despite its long relegation to science fiction, a few small organizations–including one

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Menace or Miracle: The dawn of quantum computing

  You trust the encryption systems that your bank uses to secure your accounts and that your doctor uses to keep your medical records confidential, right? These encryption systems are great at guarding against almost all attacks by modern computers, but there’s a new type of computer on the rise: the quantum computer. Not only can quantum computers easily break

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