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Web freedom at risk with loss of Net Neutrality

Nicole Ong and Michelle Lum

January 25, 2018


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Facing the threat of net neutrality’s disappearance in 2017, many scrambled to contact Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to voice their dissent toward its suggested repeal. Nevertheless, on Dec. 14, the FCC, spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted 3-2 to eliminate net neutrality...

Binging on nostalgia – why we replay tv from our youth

Divya Nelakonda and Kelsey Lu

January 25, 2018


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Sitting in front of the television screen, wondering what to watch next, one may feel a spontaneous desire to skip past the new programs available and revisit an early 2000s Disney show or 90s cartoon movie. By impulse, one may choose a “classic” movie or TV show over new releases. While this feelin...

Cryptocurrency ushers in new age of digital commerce

Srinidhi Seshadri and Noela Bae

January 25, 2018


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In a time of rapid innovation and modernization, cutting-edge technology has made a decentralized digital cash system a reality. The use of digital currency, or cryptocurrency, has ushered in a wave of dependable and efficient digital payment systems such as Bitcoin. With its easy accessibility and uniq...

Clicking into the modern world of online shopping

Tzen-hao Ng, Michelle Zemlyak

December 7, 2017


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The hustle and bustle of stores is one of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of shopping; however, this foot traffic is slowly being redirected online. Whether we are buying food, toiletries, luxuries or anything in between, shopping satisfies everything from our most basic necessities...

Weinstein effect exposes dark secrets

Weinstein effect exposes dark secrets

Medha Upadhyay and Belinda Zhou

December 7, 2017


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Sexual assault scandals like the one regarding renowned film producer Harvey Weinstein are continuing to surface, empowering many victims to come forward with personal stories of sexual abuse or misconduct by highly publicized and powerful personalities. Over the past couple of months, Weinstein has garnered ove...

Unmasking the realities of the Tinkerbell Effect

Unmasking the realities of the Tinkerbell Effect

Nicole Ong and Sadhana Sarma

November 2, 2017


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Tinkerbell’s light gradually dims as she begins to die. Her only hope of survival is the applause of an audience who believes in fairies. With each clap, Tinkerbell flickers back to life. Placing an emphasis on the power of belief, the Tinkerbell Effect was born. Named after the character in J.M. Bar...

Significant job losses jolt Bay Area industries

Meera Balaji and Hatim Saifee

November 2, 2017


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The housing crisis in the Bay Area is a prevalent local topic of concern, as buying and renting costs rise exponentially and market values increase. Nevertheless, recent job losses in the Bay Area have come as a surprise to many. In September alone, more than 4,700 individuals lost their jobs, the highest mo...

The potentials of facial recognition

The potentials of facial recognition

Jessica Li and Jonathan Ye

November 2, 2017


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Holding the newly introduced iPhone X up to his face, Apple CEO Tim Cook lightly taps the phone screen. In a matter of milliseconds, the phone’s complex camera system projects over thirty thousand invisible infrared dots to identify the unique mathematical model of his face. The phone determines Cook...

Discovering the realms of journaling

Discovering the realms of journaling

Srinidhi Seshadri and Aileen Xue

September 28, 2017


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While the phrase "dear diary" is one of the first things that people associate with journaling, in reality, the hobby encompasses much more. Journaling is about looking beyond events that have occurred and moving toward the experiences and feelings beneath them. Journals can be used as tools to discover on...

Sniffing out the hidden truths behind scents

Sniffing out the hidden truths behind scents

Divya Nelakonda and Risa Mori

September 28, 2017


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Upon entering a cafe, people are immediately hit by the strong scent of brewing coffee, its aroma relaxing their minds and filling them with warm memories. On the other hand, they are repulsed and disgusted by the odor of a full garbage can. While scent preferences may differ among individuals, certa...

The effects of multilingualism on the brain

The effects of multilingualism on the brain

Hsin Yen Huang and Michelle Zemlyak

September 28, 2017


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While there are currently over 6900 languages in the world, the vast majority of the U.S. population is fluent only in English, with the rate of bilingualism rate under 20 percent. Over half of the world’s population, however, is composed of polyglots, people who can speak multiple languages. In th...

Analyzing the theory of social facilitation

Analyzing the theory of social facilitation

Noela Bae and Srinidhi Seshadri

May 25, 2017


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Making his way onto the podium, the first candidate for the class president position clears his throat and looks across the room with hundreds of pairs of eyes staring right back at him. He has been preparing for this speech for weeks now, but as he looks at the large audience, he begins to feel ove...

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