Author: Magda Wojtara

I'm a sophomore at the LSA Honors College at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Currently, I'm on a pre-medical track. In my free time, I write articles, volunteer at a chronic pain outpatient facility with UM Medicine, do research, compete in HOSA, and, of course, enjoy photography and singing. In my spare time I manage my own travel and lifestyle blog: @journeythedestiantion on instagram and journeythedestination.weebly.com.
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The Transformative Possibilities of Graphene

Graphene is a compound similar to coal, graphite or diamond but that differs in the rearrangement of carbon atoms and the unique shape it is able to take on. When we think of a chunk of a diamond- you typically picture the 3D version with an x,y, and z dimensionality present. So how does graphene differ from these other compounds? A Noble Prize was awarded in 2010 for this discovery.

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Advancements in the Clinical Treatment and Detection of Alzheimer’s

It is believed that the brain’s neurons die and break down as a result of Alzheimer’s. This process is known to involve high levels of amyloid and tau- a peptide and a protein respectively. However, other factors are currently being explored as possibly playing a role in the neurodegenerative effects of the illness.

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The Silent Epidemic of Caffeine Addiction in Students

It seems like today the staples of any finals or midterm season include study materials, breakdowns and an exorbitant amount of caffeine. Whether its in the form of a venti macchiato, multiple Red Bulls, a five hour energy or cold brew, many students and young adults rely on caffeine to get through their days (especially at times of high stress). As demands from school and work seem to increase and results still need to be achieved, a lot of my peers and others have leaned on using caffeine as a way to cope with all the additional stressors.

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What is the elusive Planet Nine?

Astronomers have recently discovered the solar system’s most distant object, thus far, which they creatively nicknamed “FarFarOut.” It is 3.5 times more distant than Pluto (140 times farther away than the Earth from the sun). The proposed distance for Planet 9, according to Greg Laughlin, an astronomer at Yale University is, “[the] best estimate for its [planet 9’s] current position and brightness put it about 950 times farther than Earth from the Sun.” For now, Planet 9 remains an elusive possibility as we continue to explore what lies on the fringes of our own solar system and galaxy.

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The Truth About Popular Cosmetic and Personal Care Product Ingredients

It’s crucial to research anything that is for consumption or personal use (especially products that are used often). There are a lot of cosmetic products that promise one thing or another, but a lot of them contain ingredients that the average person isn’t necessarily familiar. In this article, we’ll delve into some common ingredients used by the cosmetic industry and just how concerned the average consumer should be towards them.