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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…

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Malignant Snowflakes

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Generation snowflake: noun informal, derogatory “the generation of people who became adults in the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations.” The term likely originates from the 1996 book and subsequent film Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. In the…

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Waking Up

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How an Ancient Molecule Opened Our Eyes and Exploded Evolution Personally speaking, I have reached both that time of the day and that time of the year when I would really like to go back to bed. Unfortunately, I can’t quite do that; with impending exams, papers that are…

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A Voice for Science

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ Today, there is only one PhD scientist in Congress. Bill Foster, the Democrat from Illinois, is a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the “go-to-guy for both parties when it comes to technical scientific matters,” which unsurprisingly come up often for a…

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March for Science: The Spread of the Scientist/Activist

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ On Earth Day, 15,000 people gathered in downtown San Diego and marched from Civic Center Plaza to Waterfront. When asked why she marched, middle school science teacher Kimberly Carpenter said, “So many things.” And the signs carried by the marchers reflected this. Signs included remarks about…

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Mind your Body

 Theresa Bui | Blogger | SQ Online (2016-17) Perhaps you’ve seen real-life Avatars-in-training before. I certainly have. As a child, I remember watching my neighborhood’s elders gather with large bamboo sticks on the main street at 7 a.m. The elders would slowly but decidedly rock back and forth on their heels and sway their arms fluidly in…

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Late Bloomers

LIAM HUBER | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) How Flowers Overthrew the World’s Reigning Flora and Reshaped the Biosphere, Befuddling Botanists to this Day Having outlasted the 2016 dumpster fire, it would be nice to report that 2017 will be less lousy. Unfortunately, only a few weeks in, this does not look like it will be…

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Fighting for Funding: White House Anti-Science Stance Distresses Scientists

By Sharada Saraf | SQ Online Reporter | SQ Online (2016-2017) ________________________________________________________________________________________ President Trump wants to cut billions of dollars in research grant funding, and institutions like UC San Diego have become seriously concerned about the future of science. Presidential budget proposals, while never implemented in their final form, are good indicators of what the Executive Office wants…

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From Transplant Organs to Interspecies Chimeras: An Interview with Dr. Jun Wu

BY BAR YOSEF| SQ ONLINE WRITER | SQ ONLINE (2016-17) ____________________________________________________________________________ In the January 26, 2017 issue of Cell, Salk Institute scientists reported on their breakthroughs in interspecies chimeras. Chimeras are organisms with organs of different species. The paper, whose first author is staff scientist Dr. Jun Wu, featured explanations of the scientists’ success in growing a…