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A Look into Ukraine

A Look into Ukraine

George Nicks June 12, 2022

On Feb. 24, Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea.  The roots of the war began when the Ukrainian people protested their corrupt government and began to demand reform...

The Future of Transplants

The Future of Transplants

Jinling Wang June 11, 2022

Jan. 7 a regular day for most, but not for the doctors performing a life-changing procedure: transplanting the first genetically modified pig heart to a human.  Researchers celebrated this milestone,...

The Future of the Court

The Future of the Court

Myles Hazen June 11, 2022

Justice Breyer, one of the most powerful men in the United States, recently announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, creating a battle for the nomination of the next justice.  The Supreme Court...

Microplastics Found in Our Blood

Microplastics Found in Our Blood

Remember that Amazon package you opened last Friday or the Starbucks cup you tossed out at lunch? Yeah, those. Did you know that they are full of microplastics? Well, not yet.  While both are made out...

The Midterms Dawn

The Midterms Dawn

Luca D'Agruma June 9, 2022

T he midterms aren’t looking good for Democrats. “A special thanks to the 42% of you who actually applauded,” President Biden said, joking about his historically low approval ratings at April’s...

The Security Shortage

The Security Shortage

Aden Meisel May 17, 2022

The Thomas Fire destroyed over 1000 buildings, burned over 281,000 acres of property, and inflicted over $2.2 billion worth of damage. Following this event, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara...

Support Ukrainian Refugees

Support Ukrainian Refugees

Luca D'Agruma May 16, 2022

Since Russia began its devastating invasion of Ukraine, more than 3.7 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their country. Millions more have been displaced within Ukraine, feeling the war-torn east...

The Perils of Redistricting

The Perils of Redistricting

Luca D'Agruma March 2, 2022

At the beginning of each decade, the slow moving levers of our democracy begin to chug steadily along.  The U.S. Census (a Goliath survey sent to every American household), concludes, and the Census...

A Dorm Without Windows: What is Munger Hall?

A Dorm Without Windows: What is Munger Hall?

Abby Kim February 16, 2022

Imagine living in a small room with no windows, storage space, or adequate ventilation. While sounding fictional, this is the blueprint for Munger Hall, the newly designed University of California Santa...

Venice: A Treasure Sinking

Venice: A Treasure Sinking

Aden Meisel February 9, 2022

In 2019, more than 85% of Venice found itself flooded in 1.5 meters (a little less than 5 feet) of seawater, according to ​​Jon Henley’s Guardian article. In the past century, flooding has been a...

Diamonds are a symbol of status, power, and wealth. Over the centuries, diamonds continue to remain in high demand, and are even more accessible due to todays advanced technology

Diamond Dynasty

Jinling Wang and Claire Tolles February 7, 2022
Known as blood diamonds, these precious gems are then sold to insurgents to support deadly uprisings and or used as bribes in corrupt governments. But diamond thieves are just one aspect of what makes diamond mining so deadly and dangerous. With blatant disregard for human rights, mine owners employ laborers for less than a dollar per day to do grueling and life-threatening work.
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