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The facts, fiction and fantasy of pseudoscience

The facts, fiction and fantasy of pseudoscience

Christy Yu

May 31, 2019

Science and technology have evolved to be based on the logic and reasoning of the scientific method, a process used to observe scientific experiments in order to answer questions. Pseudosciences, on the other hand, are beliefs and practices that are mistakenly regarded as something based on logic, but th...

Politics in the digital age: from daily life to elections

Politics in the digital age: from daily life to elections

Melissa Chen and Kaylin Li

May 31, 2019

The U.S. is about to lose everything. At any moment, all electronic devices and databases could be wiped by a single virus and rendered useless, plunging the country into chaos. This is the premise of a recent political thriller, but it is not a far stretch in today’s society. Technology plays a rol...

FOMO: Are you really missing out?

FOMO: Are you really missing out?

Kavya Iyer and Divya Nelakonda

May 31, 2019

A photo of a friend on vacation, lounging on the beaches in Hawaii, and another zip lining through the tall trees in Costa Rica. A quick click of a group of friends having fun together, ordering food at a restaurant or just spending quality time at someone’s house. These simple things that show up on o...

We can do it: the rise of female leadership

We can do it: the rise of female leadership

Katie Chen and Elena Williams

May 3, 2019

What does it mean to be a woman? Google provides “member of the fair or gentle sex” as a synonym for “woman,” but simply “human being” for “man.” Yet, female leaders have proven time and again that they are more than just “fair or gentle.” They are game changers and trailblazers; th...

True Crime: The fascination with murder and violence

True Crime: The fascination with murder and violence

Audrey Wong and Christy Yu

May 3, 2019

A shiny silver blade catches the viewer’s eyes as he sees the metal weapon drenched in crimson liquid. The liquid now spills everywhere, staining everything with a distinct dark red hue. A thrill of excitement surges through the viewer as he anxiously waits to see what comes next on his favorite show. This...

Oh, the places you’ll go after high school

Oh, the places you’ll go after high school

Kaylin Li and Sadhana Sarma

May 3, 2019

Although Lynbrook boasts an 84 percent rate of students who attend four-year colleges after graduating high school, according to its 2018 school profile, students take many other paths after they toss their graduation caps. From trade school to two-year colleges to work experience, these overlooked op...

Self discovery and sex education: Bringing the truths out from under the sheets into the light

Self discovery and sex education: Bringing the truths out from under the sheets into the light

Rachel Wu and Patricia Wei

May 3, 2019

For her seventh grade biology classes in rural Mississippi, science teacher Bobbie R. Byrd showed her students a video of a life birth. They saw blood from the birth splattered on the doctor and the floor. In the small town where Byrd taught, teen pregnancy rates were high. Before the birth videos, ...

The multigenerational impact of grandparents

The multigenerational impact of grandparents

Kaylin Li and Christy Yu

March 29, 2019

Grandchildren are not always close with their grandparents. But junior Faizah Asif’s grandmother is her best friend. “I'm the closest with my grandma, my mom's mom,” Asif said. “We do a lot of things together. We play games together. I used to play all my favorite video games with her wh...

A guide to loans, financial aid and scholarships

A guide to loans, financial aid and scholarships

Medha Upadhyay

March 29, 2019

Being accepted into a dream college requires hard work, but so does figuring out how to pay for it. In fact, according to EDVestinU, 72 percent of those aged 46 and older continue to stress over their monthly student loan payments, and the average bachelor’s degree holder takes 21 years to pay off...

Not just salads: veganism and its impacts

Not just salads: veganism and its impacts

Audrey Wong

March 29, 2019

On social media and websites like YouTube, numerous influencers promote vegan products, post their picture-perfect avocado toast or rave about smoothie bowls. The depiction of veganism on social media glorifies the lifestyle, as the actual concept of veganism is modest: vegans refrain from consuming a...

Immigration nation: a mosaic of values

Immigration nation: a mosaic of values

Hatim Saifee and Pranav Mishra

March 29, 2019

A century and a half ago, rumors of gold in the uncharted western wilderness of California took the world by storm. Within a span of months, ships began docking in the state’s ports by the hundreds — strange, foreign ships that had never before set path toward the country. They carried silks, sp...

“It’s freezing. So much for global warming”

“It’s freezing. So much for global warming”

Arul Gnanasivam and Melissa Chen

March 1, 2019

When people think of global warming, rapidly melting glaciers may come to mind. What does not come to mind is the polar vortex that hit the Midwest and East Coast of the U.S. with subzero temperatures this January. Though some may see this event as evidence against climate change, the low temperatures ar...

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