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The Immune System

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Oysters and the Chesapeake Bay

Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Baltimore, my hometown, probably knows the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America, is not healthy. The thought of Fells Point on a humid night in July or August wouldn’t be complete without the ubiquitous smell of the harbor after a storm, when all of the trash has been washed toward shore. It’s fairly innocuous, just present if you take the time to notice. However, for a few weeks of summer 2007, the smell wasn’t just present, it was overwhelming. Massive die-offs lead to hundreds of decaying fish crowding Fells Point and the Inner Harbor, the parts of town responsible for tourist revenues, and where my sister worked at the Maryland Science Center.

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Book review of The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

I have always been interested in language. When I was small, I discovered my love of etymology through vocabulary tests. I realized that I remembered words much more easily if I knew how these words were “built”, so to speak. For instance, the word “decimate” was much easier to memorize when I knew that it basically meant “to kill one in ten” in Latin. Eventually, my love for language grew; so much, that I am probably going to major in one, if not two foreign languages here at Bryn Mawr. So it was very fortunate for me when Professor Grobstein recommended that I

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Man vs. Machine


In Kurt Vonnegut’s Galápagos, Vonnegut acts as a first-person narrator who tells a story

of the evolution of people from the 20th to the 21st century. Vonnegut’s evolutionary story

mocks the human race, and more specifically the human brain and its intellectual in creating

technological machinery that is almost as useless as the brain.

 

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SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) As A Result of the Lack of Sunlight?

Seasonal Affective Disorder As a Result of the Lack of Sunlight?

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Who's to decide which side?

	In the neural system, each hemisphere of the brain corresponds to the
opposite side of the body with one side being dominate. This inborn
characteristic of the humans’ renders us lateralized because, for
example, the dominance of the right cerebral is responsible for left-
handedness and vice-versa. (1) A great majority of humans are
right-handed, 85-90% while the remaining percentage is left-handed. (5)
But why is there such an unequal distribution? This can be due in part by
both social and consumer influences because they help finalize the
handedness of a person. For the right-handed culture we live in has lead
to many more individuals converting from left-handedness to
right-handedness than to right-handedness to left. (16)
  
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The Importance of Melanin

      Skin is the body’s largest organ and is very essential for our survival; it is what protects all our other organs from antigens that are detrimental to our health. The book Skin: A Natural History by Dr. Nina Jablonski is a very informative chronicle on how our skin protects us and at the same time allows the world to see one’s state of health, identity, and uniqueness.
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