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The Science Behind Alternative Medicine

  BY ANOKHI SAKLECHA | SQ WRITER | SQ 2017-2018 Killing nearly 100 Americans every day, the opioid epidemic is taking the country by storm. Over the last several years, opioid prescriptions for pain alleviation have more than tripled, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and, now, the drug abuse problem…

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Growing Concerns

LIAM HUBER | ONLINE REPORTER | SQ ONLINE (2017-18)   Being stuck with summer courses at UC San Diego may put a dent in your travel plans, but it does come with one (pretty big) silver lining. The coastal waters off La Jolla bear witness to the world’s largest gathering of blue whales, the most massive…

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The Receding Great Barrier Reef

The ocean’s condition is typically one of the last items to be considered when thinking about climate change. However, it is currently the primary source of food for nearly 3.5 billion people and home to a multitude of ecosystems, making its fate just as important as that of Earth’s terrestrial areas. Among the most archetypal…

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Science, Tech, and Law

I remember the first time I read Isaac Asimov’s short story “Runaround,” which features a robot’s cognitive dissonance between the “Three Laws of Robotics:” A robot cannot hurt a human or let a human get hurt A robot must follow human orders (unless that contradicts the First Law) A robot has to protect its existence…

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NO FREE WILL

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Are humans just a bunch of neurons? Are we just another primate? These questions guide the research of Dr. Robert Sapolsky. A professor of biology, neurology, and neurosurgery at Stanford, Sapolsky splits his time between being a laboratory neurobiologist and a primatologist in a park in…

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Over-the-Counter Decongestants: A Quick Fix, or a Money Sink?

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ Every UCSD student knows the terror of waking up with a scratchy throat, knowing exactly what it implies: seven to ten days of actual torture, and the very real possibility of taking a midterm with a cold. The thought of dealing with being that kid who…