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Putting a Price on the Priceless

Putting a Price on the Priceless

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 19, 2019

When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico City, it had been a flourishing Aztec metropolis known as Tenochtitlán, an oasis situated on an artificial island in the Lago de Texcoco. Knowing the cultural value of this pinnacle of Aztec engineering, the conquistadors razed the city and abandoned the dikes...

What I Wish I Knew as a Xavier Freshman

What I Wish I Knew as a Xavier Freshman

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

1. Experiment with different methods of studying There is a stark difference in the workload of a middle-schooler and that of a Xavier student. If a Xavier freshman wishes to succeed academically, he must compensate for this difference and learn how to maximize the effectiveness of his studying. Personal...

The Egg

The Egg

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that the reader reads The Egg prior to reading this article. “Treat others as you would treat them if they were you…for they very well may be.” In essence, this is Andy Weir’s The Egg, a short story that offers an unorthodox explanation of the nature of humani...

Challenging the Culture of Biomedicine

Challenging the Culture of Biomedicine

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

October 2, 2019

In an attempt to simplify difficult issues, we love to identify an easy fix. If a community has high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the assembly of public health workers and physicians looks to better sexual education. However, such an approach is extremely short-sighted. To challenge...

How Charles Darwin Revolutionized the World

How Charles Darwin Revolutionized the World

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2019

For millennia, farmers had channeled artificial selection to produce more docile dogs and more fleshy cows. So why did it take until Darwin's key words, "I think," before biology would be changed forever? Charles Darwin's landmark work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or th...

From Endosymbiosis to Horizontal Gene Transfer: Has Scientific Research Uprooted Darwin’s Tree?

From Endosymbiosis to Horizontal Gene Transfer: Has Scientific Research Uprooted Darwin’s Tree?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor-in-chief

September 15, 2019

Famous for popularizing the once disregarded endosymbiosis theory, biologist Lynn Margulis was the ultimate iconoclast. Although Dr. Margulis began her career researching the uncontroversial Eugena gracilis, she had gravitated to the intersection between genetics and evolutionary biology. As she t...

The Joy of Playoff Hockey

The Joy of Playoff Hockey

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

May 1, 2019

Although I am a major fan of hockey and it is my favorite sport, before a month ago, I had never been to an NHL game. This was for a couple of reasons. One, I didn’t get into hockey until a couple of years ago, thanks to watching Uconn Hockey, and two, I follow the Pittsburg Penguins. I know that sounds...

Sustainability: Necessary and Feasible

Sustainability: Necessary and Feasible

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

April 27, 2019

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as its indigenous people call it, is enshrined in American memory as the location of nine-hundred moai (stone statues resembling human figures). In the anthropological and environmental science community, it is the story of a fierce debate over the downfall of a complex civilization...

Science and Politics: A Difficult Relationship

Science and Politics: A Difficult Relationship

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

April 16, 2019

To an extent, science is the antithesis of politics. Politics, first and foremost, is based on morals and values - one's solidified views on human nature based on one's cultural upbringing, religion, and personal experiences. Science, on the other hand, is refreshingly impersonal; it cares little for...

The Ocean: Climate Change’s Big, Beautiful Frontier

The Ocean: Climate Change’s Big, Beautiful Frontier

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

March 28, 2019

In today's world subject to a constant deluge of negative news, few issues receive more coverage than climate change. While certainly necessary in increasing awareness of this life-altering issue, one consequence of the climate change that imperils the delicate balance of the biosphere has gone unnoticed....

Congressional Term Limits: The Logical Choice

Congressional Term Limits: The Logical Choice

By Eric Myskowski, Senior Reporter

March 11, 2019

“No person who has served 6 terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. No person who has served 2 terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate.” While instating congressional term limits would be difficult, it is not by any...

The Yemeni Civil War: How Many More Lives is Too Many?

The Yemeni Civil War: How Many More Lives is Too Many?

By Alexander Pralea, Editor

March 1, 2019

Across the world, many noteworthy events go unreported. From a realistic perspective, this is expected; after all, most Americans (even college-educated ones) do not know fundamental facts about immigration, the global economy, and international organizations like NATO and the UN. Americans neither know...

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