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As the lunch bell signals your middle school class to the cafeteria, your peer is swarmed by students to look at their freshly applied cast. By the end of the lunch period, the once-solid, colored wrap is now scribbled upon by dozens of classmates. The initial excitement subsides and the wea…

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Diets are no different than fashion trends. They gain popularity, become exhausted by the public, disappear and then cycle back decades later. However, as blue becomes the new black and the A-listers bring back chokers, there will always be a staple like blue jeans that remain. 

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When referring to magnets, opposites attract. Psychological research firmly supports that this statement is far from applicable to humans. Rather, we exhibit an affinity for those similar to ourselves and face difficulty trying to uphold relationships with dissimilar people. Of course, what …

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In a world where long Zoom calls and relentless Canvas notifications are the new normal, we give little thought to how the blue light from our screens affects our brains. According to a study published by the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society,blue light exposure can disrupt…

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On Aug. 18, 2020, the FDA approved the release of 750 million genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Florida as an experimental pest management strategy. These genetically modified mosquitoes, named OX513A, are all males. When they mate with wild females, the resulting offspring ca…

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Every 36 seconds, one person in the United States loses their life to heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US; therefore, it is essential that American adults understand the risk factors for heart disease and the ways in which to reduce them.

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By now, we are all familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19. Therefore, when two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park started to cough, veterinarians and primatologists immediately became concerned. An article published in Science highlights how the gorillas’ animal care team diagnosed th…

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Were you secretly disappointed when Voldemort died? Did you think that Moriarty was the best part of Sherlock Holmes or Loki the best part of the Avengers? No need to suppress these feelings because you are not alone. New research published in the journal, Psychological Science, has exposed …

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Known as the original cavemen and cavewomen to inhabit this earth, Neanderthals are considered to be one of the closest ancestors to humans. New research now suggests their existence, and more specifically, their DNA could partake in a major COVID-19 breakthrough. In a paper published in Nat…

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You see a local Clemson pond teeming with bright green algae that flourishes from border to border and you think to yourself, “I love that our freshwater ecosystems are doing so well… loads of green means growth and life!... Right?” Quite the contrary I am pained to say. This is an unnatural…

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Believe it or not, you are what you eat. According to articles recently published in Current Opinion in Neurobiology and Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, your gut is comparable to a second brain. The influence your gut has on your behavior is largely in part to its microbiome: a collect…

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The actor Dustin Hoffman once said, “The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” When it comes to red-footed boobies, Mr. Hoffman is only half right. One thousand six hundred kilometers south of Honolulu, at the Palmyra Atoll, biologists are removing 99% of …

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According to the CDC, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, equating to more than 795,000 cases a year. The National Stroke Association reports that 40% of stroke patients will experience moderate to severe deficits in their functioning. To improve motor function post-s…

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Sleep has many benefits that are widely known, but did you know it can also help you remember new information for long periods of time? In a 2019 article published in Science Advances, L. Himmer and colleagues at the University of Tübingen studied the interplay between rehearsal and sleep an…

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The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s also the one that takes the most abuse. Daily the skin is subject to the sun’s harmful rays, pollution, dirt, and many other damaging substances. The UV rays from the sun, in particular, can

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How much does your food cost? The resources required to feed almost 8 billion people are damaging to the environment. A 2018 study published in Science, by Dr. J Poore and colleagues, highlights the true cost of food. They investigated the true global impact of food production and looked at …

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Deterioration of cognitive capabilities is a normal part of aging, especially in the case of attention. But, is it possible that physical and mental exercises might slow down or even reverse nature’s effects? In a 2020 article published in PeerJ, researchers Wang and Guo sought to answer thi…

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Our lives are governed by plastics. Every sip of your coffee, every mile you drive, and every pill you swallow are all deeply connected to plastic. Now, plastics may even affect the marine biodiversity. A study published in 2015 by Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, investigated the i…

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Hemispherectomy is a rare, radical surgery in which a cerebral hemisphere is removed in order to treat the most extreme of epilepsy cases. Neurosurgeons turn to this invasive treatment after typical epilepsy treatments are deemed unsuccessful. In 2019, scientists from CalTech and Harvard Med…

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Most people are familiar with the concepts of one dimension, two dimensions, and three dimensions, known as1D, 2D, and 3D, respectively. Few people can stretch their imagination to understand 4D. But, what if the very thing that allows us to imagine a 4D world is, in itself, more complex tha…

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Cigarettes have always been the first source to blame for lung disease; however, there’s a new sheriff in town... E-cigarettes. The ongoing national surge of electronic-cigarettes and vaping product use has resulted in lung damage, which led to 2400 hospitalizations and 52 deaths in the US s…

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Something about the fish oil industry is fishy, and it is not just the oil. Fish oil supplements have been a trusted staple in the medicine cabinets of many Americans since the late 1980s. In 2012, a meta-analysis of twenty studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

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The youthful brain is a storm of activity. Information pours in through the senses while the brain builds fresh neurons to meet the need. But sometime within our first decade of life, the brain becomes content with its stock of neurons and the youthful bloom of new growth gives way to perpet…

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“Money can’t buy happiness.” We’ve all heard this saying. What if you were told that prioritizing time, however, could in fact increase your overall satisfaction with life? In a 2019 article published in Science Advances, Ashley Whillans and colleagues conducted a longitudinal study in which…

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A smile a day keeps the doctor away. No, you’re not reading that wrong. A 2019 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, by Lewina Lee and colleagues, shows that optimistic people live as much as 15% longer than pessimistic people. Scientists studied over 70…

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We have all seen pictures of the ocean filled with things of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of these pictures depict the marine life that we are so accustomed to seeing in nature, but, more recently, these pictures have depicted garbage floating through the ocean. A study published in N…

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It may come as a surprise that humans are not the only species that have the ability to count; in fact frogs, spiders, and fish are just a few examples of animals that are capable of distinguishing between various amounts. This ability to count is actually fairly common, but a new study, pub…

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Over the last decade, research on the human microbiome has become increasingly prevalent. Researchers are understanding the importance of the microbes in our gastrointestinal tract and the role they play in the presence or absence of diseases such as irritable bowel disease, obesity, and mor…

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Imagine waking up and throwing your breakfast together in the kitchen. You sit down to eat only to find tiny pieces of plastic distributed among your meal. This is a reality for many marine creatures, including a small crustacean known as Antarctic krill. A recent study published in Nature C…

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Most people have heard of the incurable disease of the nervous system that causes stiffness and tremors, Parkinson’s disease. Not many people, however, would link this disease to the small, dysfunctional sac attached to the large intestine: the appendix. 

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It may come as a surprise that humans are not the only species that have the ability to count; in fact frogs, spiders, and fish are just a few examples of animals that are capable of distinguishing between various amounts. 

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Over the last decade, research on the human microbiome has become increasingly prevalent. Researchers are understanding the importance of the microbes in our gastrointestinal tract and the role they play in the presence or absence of diseases such as irritable bowel disease, obesity, and mor…

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Imagine waking up and throwing your breakfast together in the kitchen. You sit down to eat only to find tiny pieces of plastic distributed among your meal. This is a reality for many marine creatures, including a small crustacean known as Antarctic krill. 

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The subtle side eye, the raise of an eyebrow - both are gestures used to express emotions. However, perceiving these gestures can be amiss for some.

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Have you ever wondered why dogs differ so greatly from breed to breed? Why are Border Collies workaholics and German Shepherds so protective? New research published in Science in 2019 reveals that distinct breed traits are actually rooted in the canine’s genes. 

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We all know that brushing twice a day helps prevent cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, cancer, and heart disease. However, according to a recent study published in Science, researchers have shown a link between mouth health and Alzheimer’s Disease. Although these discoveries are still underg…

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Have you ever wondered why we look so different from one another? What is the source of all the variances that we see not only between generations but also between siblings? When eggs and sperm are formed, they undergo a special type of cell division, known as meiosis. 

Clemson Football lost many key contributors to the NFL Draft and the transfer portal this past offseason, including Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne. Although these losses would hurt almost any college football team, they don’t hurt Clemson since they reload, not rebuild. With D.J. Uiagale…

As the country reopens, sports are returning to normal. Unlike last year, students and fans will be able to enjoy football game days in Clemson as many did before the pandemic. For students who may be new to campus, here are some ways to have a great college football Saturday.  

    A Clemson classic since 1933, The Esso Club is renowned for being one of the top sports bars in the country. It’s grown out of its humble beginnings as a 1920s gas station into this year’s winner of Best Wings!

      I know, I know. Banks are boring, but not when it comes to the one and only Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is a very well-known financial institution with a lot of experience, as it has been in existence for over 92 years. With the Wells Fargo app for smartphones, it should really be on your radar…

        This year’s winner for best clothing store is Walmart! Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1950 and has become America’s and Clemson’s favorite retail store for over 70 years. Walmart is just now being noticed for their amazing clothing deals as well. Everyone in college is trying to save m…

          Are you in the mood for a quick, tasty meal for lunch between classes? Groucho’s Deli has been serving delicious sandwiches since 1941 and is well-known for their signature Formula 45 sauce. If you’re looking for a hot ham sandwich or a cold turkey sub, Groucho’s is the perfect place to go.

          Clemson recently announced that they will be administering vaccines on campus for students and staff and, though this is a great update, the vaccine seems questionable. This new “Tiger Vaccine” was developed by Clemson students, for Clemson students. It was developed by the same group that m…

          This year, needless to say, has been rough in many, many ways. With all the struggles we’ve faced, people have been forced to make many changes to normal day-to-day living. For most, classes take place behind a screen, masks are now a permanent fashion staple, and nearly everyone has at leas…

          In a strange turn of events, the fifth character of the second DLC for Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers Ultimate fighting game has been announced as none other than Clemson’s own Trevor Lawrence. Though the game has traditionally relegated itself to only including characters who were a part o…