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Shelter-in-place leads to rise in domestic abuse cases

Shelter-in-place leads to rise in domestic abuse cases

Sloka Suresh and Lillian Fu

May 29, 2020

As countless Americans continue to shelter in place for extended periods of time amid the coronavirus pandemic, the restrictions aimed at keeping them safe have enabled more households to become grounds for domestic abuse. Domestic violence tends to increase whenever families spend extended amounts of...

Positivity behind the pandemic

Positivity behind the pandemic

Sharlene Chen and Emma Cionca

May 27, 2020

A series of positive side effects has emerged from the menacing shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Although people are understandably consumed by fear and uncertainty, it is important to take time to reflect on the good that has come of the situation. One such side effect observed during this cr...

Senators’ selling of stocks stirs controversy

Senators Kelly Loeffler and Richard Burr used their political offices to their benefits before the pandemic’s effects had fully materialized.

Katie Chen and Bennie Chang

May 25, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted billions of individuals around the globe and widened the disparity between the privileged and the disadvantaged. Before the pandemic’s effects had fully materialized in the U.S., two of the powerful decided to use their political offices to their benefits: Sena...

Astrology extends into social media

Astrology extends into social media

Emma Cionca and Lillian Fu

April 16, 2020

Typing “horoscope” in the Instagram search bar gives hundreds, even thousands of accounts — some with over a million followers — that are all dedicated to telling traits and predictions for every zodiac sign. These pages have become a common sight for social media users, and a well known group i...

Spilling the tea on caffeine

Jasmine Hou and Pranav Mishra

April 13, 2020

Whether it’s a morning fix of coffee, a relaxing pot of tea or a refreshing sports drink out on the field, caffeine provides limitless ways to spark and soothe the senses. While some experts cite evidence suggesting that regular consumption of the stimulant can lead to substantial long-term effect...

Exploring eastern medicine and holistic healing

Priyanka Anand and Ron Aich

April 10, 2020

In the past few centuries, medicine based on modern science has become the leading form of treatment for ailments, especially in the West. Modern medicine, which includes vaccines, antibiotics and hormonal treatments, has greatly increased human longevity and continues to benefit millions across the ...

2020 Democratic Primary

A graphic illustration of the issues Democratic presidential candidates have been running on for their 2020 campaign.

Lillian Fu

February 26, 2020

The California primary elections for U.S. president are now less than a week away, and as March 3 approaches, debates among the eight remaining Democratic candidates are heating up. Several issues of national importance divide these candidates as well as the voters they hope to represent. Note that, w...

Exploring the unique experiences of grief and loss

Grief, the feeling of deep sorrow, is an emotion that is deeply linked with loss. 

Stella Huang and Elliu Huang

February 26, 2020

Grief, the feeling of deep sorrow, is an emotion that is deeply linked with loss.  Most people will experience grief at some point in their lives due to forces outside of their control.  The five stages — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — are a framework often associ...

Novel coronavirus: unmasking the epidemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19)’s made its appearance in January, misconceptions and myths have run rampant.

Youqi Huang and Diana Kohr

February 26, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)’s appearance in January, misconceptions and myths have run rampant. The virus originated in the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, China, and has currently infected nearly 80,000 people worldwide. On Jan. 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the situation a ...

Retail stores are moving online

Lillian Fu and Dhriti Iyer

January 31, 2020

With the rise of online commerce, commonly known as e-commerce, major supplies and fashion chains have been closing down their brick-and-mortar stores and transitioning into online retail at an increasing rate over the past couple of years. This trend was expected to continue through 2019, with 9,300...

Drone strike increases U.S. and Iran tensions

On Jan. 3, 50 years of conflicts between the U.S. and Iran came to a head.

Audrey Wong and Michelle Zhu

January 29, 2020

On Jan. 3, 50 years of conflicts between the U.S. and Iran came to a head: a U.S.-ordered drone strike on Baghdad, Iraq resulted in the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Sources confirmed that in June 2018, President Trump authorized Soleimani’s killing under the knowledge that Iran would...

Recycling efforts are ending up in the trash

Items go in recycling bins and disappear, supposedly given a new life as another product and reducing the environmental damage caused by trash.

Emma Cionca and Sunny Li

January 29, 2020

Items go in recycling bins and disappear, supposedly given a new life as another product and reducing the environmental damage caused by trash. In reality, many of these items, if not recycled correctly, end up in landfills. Recycling tries to repurpose items and reduce the amount of waste that goes into...

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