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Can You Teach an Old Surgeon New Tricks?

Can You Teach an Old  Surgeon New Tricks?

Abigail Gaies
April 17, 2017
Filed under SCIENCE

The Oxford dictionary defines a coach as “an instructor or trainer in sport.” Atul Gawande, M.D., M.P.H., surgeon, writer and public health researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), provides a broader definition of coaching in his New Yorker article, “Personal Best”: “The concep...

What’s the Word?

What’s the Word?

Andie Tappenden
April 10, 2017
Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE

In his essay, “A Defence of Slang,” published in “The Defendant,” G.K. Chesterton, a poet, philosopher and journalist, said: “All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. If we paused for a moment to examine the cheapest cant phrases that pass our lips every day, we should find that they ...

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Infographic

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Infographic

Isaac McKenna
March 27, 2017
Filed under SCIENCE, UNCATEGORIZED

A wave of fire burns drought-parched trees and forest homes in California as firefighters attempt to stop the blaze. The shifting of world climates has dried the trees and made destructive wildfires like this one commonplace. Over 9,000 miles away in Beijing, a mother covers her young daughter’s face wi...

Climate Change: What You Can Do

Climate Change: What You Can Do

Elena Bernier
March 15, 2017
Filed under SCIENCE

People have heard the mantra to be ‘green’ and help save the environment, but it’s a common occurrence for many to feel as if their actions won’t make a difference in the long run, and even if it does it won’t affect them. According to statistics collected by Yale and Utah State University ...

Ecology Club Resurrects Biostation Field Trip

Ecology Club Resurrects Biostation Field Trip

Mary Debona
March 15, 2017
Filed under SCIENCE

Pellston, Mich.—The setting sun ventured in and out from behind the slouching branches of pine trees, weighed down by wet packing snow; it illuminated the snow that covered the ground a buttery shade of yellow. The forest was quiet as a group of snowshoers trotted through, led by four Community Hig...

Examining Reasons Behind Rapidly Increasing Allergy Rates

Examining Reasons Behind Rapidly Increasing Allergy Rates

Andie Tappenden
January 19, 2017
Filed under SCIENCE

Signs are plastered on every other door: “Nut Free Zone!” “No Tree Nuts!” “Pineapple Free Zone!” However colorful they might be, these posters are not for decoration. These are warning signs,  put up to alert whoever enters that what is in their brown-bag lunch could be fatal to another...

University of Michigan Robotics: An Autonomous Future

University of Michigan Robotics: An Autonomous Future

Sam Ciesielski
November 14, 2016
Filed under SCIENCE

Fumes came from one corner of the cluttered room where two students wore operation masks. Another sat wide-eyed at a computer. The area is a stripped boiler room turned into a laboratory in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) building on the University of Michigan’s North Campus...

Protecting Right Whales the Right Way

Protecting Right Whales the Right Way

Ethan Kahana
November 7, 2016
Filed under SCIENCE

Over 70 percent of the earth is covered in water, and the oceans are home to many species of animals and plants. For most of earth’s history, the ocean was a quiet place. But today there are over 87,000 shipping vessels, with their massive, roaring engines, crossing the oceans to connect the globa...

Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

Gina Liu
October 26, 2016
Filed under OPINION, SCIENCE

Ever since the conception of vaccines and other immunization medicines, there has always been debate on whether they work and whether it is safe to be injected with certain chemicals and parts of vaccines and flu shots. The piece of advice that I, many scientists, doctors and physicians have for all cu...

Landscape Architects Meet With Community Students to Discuss Redevelopment

Landscape Architects Meet With Community Students to Discuss Redevelopment

Francisco Fiori and Gina Liu
May 25, 2016
Filed under LOCAL, NEWS, SCIENCE

Vivid and bright markers quickly filled blank maps of Kerrytown as students, teachers and Ann Arbor community members were asked what they would change regarding Kerrytown streets, stores and even sidewalks. Around the room were landscape architects from SmithGroupJJR, who supervised and listened to...

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