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Book Review: Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker

The premise of the book is that human beings have an innate “gut sense” that often warns us, ahead of time, of any imminent danger. While we may try to rationalize with this feeling, this book shows us that it may be better to err on the side of caution and to trust what our inner feeling may be telling us.

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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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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.