Are Aliens Real?

This year scientists took a break from debating the necessary qualifications Pluto must need to be a planet and gave their attention to a mysterious interstellar object that recently visited our solar system. In fact, just last week Harvard astronomers theorized that this cigar-shaped object could be an alien spacecraft or probe of some kind.

Vape Life No More?

Vapers, it’s time to start stocking your pomegranate flavored pods, because New York might pass legislation banning most flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Cuomo and health officials are concerned with the rising rate of teen addiction to e-cigarettes, and have proposed heavy regulations to try and curb this worsening problem. E-cigarettes are marketed as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, but is that label inherently misleading?  Are there legitimate and negative health effects on teens that warrant a ban? Or is the government unfairly cracking down on a low risk product just because it is technically a drug?

Midterm Roundup: Viva la Democracia

On November 6, 2018 the Democrats won back the House, several Governorships, and state legislatures. However, they failed to achieve a victory similar in scale to that of the Tea Party wave of 2010. This is likely due to the increased polarization of society in the intermittent eight years. With that being said, 2018 can still be considered a victory for the Democrats due to the number of key races that they did win. More important than these victories though, is the impact that they will have on American society.

The Future of Tigers and Rhinos

The Chinese government has reversed a 25-year ban that will now allow for the use of tiger and rhino parts in medicine. The ban was established in 1993 as a way to protect the endangered tiger and rhino populations. In 2010, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies outlawed the use of any parts from endangered species claiming that there was no evidence of medical gains from tiger bones or rhino horns. With only 30,000 rhinos and 3,900 tigers left in the wild, experts are worried that the demands for these animals will rise; this will make it harder to protect these animals from extinction.
The Chinese government claims that the use of the tigers and rhinos will solely be used for medical purposes by qualified doctors. The usage of these parts are restricted to those individuals who are in critical condition and may not have any other medical alternatives.