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How Many Men Does It Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

Shards of glass blanketed the roads like grass in a country field, flames engulfed the city in a vicious tsunami, and crimson puddles splashed as the feet of “protestors” marched forward. The smell of burnt garbage and the echoes of sirens and yelling filled the atmosphere… anyone could taste the bloodlust. Police plated in swat gear roamed the metropolis to confront the rioters, but even with maximum personnel, they were

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A Full-Tilt Tribute to the 1896 Harmonica

A harmonica? The thing’s only four inches long! All kinds of notes are missing! Harp players have to show up with a briefcase full of different keys, just to play! They’re so tinny and shrill! So why would a serious musician ever choose the harmonica to play music on? Admittedly, this is good question. But a large one. American harmonica has a long and venerable tradition. For now, this means

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Inaudible Sound: The Medical Misuse

To many people, sound is not considered to play a major part in human behavior. Humans prefer to think that emotions are caused either by an internal soul, or at least a complex system of chemicals and electrical impulses in the brain. Anybody can attest to the power of audible sounds from music, nature or other people to affect behavior and emotion. But, there is an entire world of invisible sound that manages to play

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American Educational Culture: No Seeds, No Stems

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have made countless contributions to modern society. They help to clear the fog around the past, present, and future, while simultaneously bestowing society with innovations from their ventures. Americans, in particular, are major beneficiaries of STEM and are often included on the short list of world powers that excel in its related fields. From putting a man on the moon to putting a phone

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Neutrino Project to Propel Us to the Future

On September 20, 2017, the UK pledged 65 million euros, roughly 88 million dollars, to a collaborative research project with the United States that will involve exploring the origin and structure of our universe. This marks the first scientific collaboration of its kind between our countries. The implications of this deal promise progress for several areas of the science community, most notably for physics and technology. In fact, most of

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Free Speech and the Cultural Balancing Act

Americans often take for granted that they can say just about anything without the looming concern of dire consequences. They can assume a position on something, announce it as loudly and vehemently as they like, and avoid censure regardless of the fact that someone else doesn’t approve of it. This idea was fundamental to the formation of the United States, and it is still upheld in terms of legal precedent and enforcement. Yet there

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