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This 23-Year-Old Has a Plan to Rid the Ocean of Plastic by 2050

This 23-Year-Old Has a Plan to Rid the Ocean of Plastic by 2050

In case you needed more proof of the fact that young people are saving the world, Dutch teen prodigy Boyan Slat, now 23, has hatched a project to cleanse the ocean of its plastic pollutants. Slat’s company, the Ocean Cleanup, is taking on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (yes, it’s a real thing), with “massive floating […]

Here’s Why A California Court Requires Cancer Risk Warnings on Coffee

Here’s Why A California Court Requires Cancer Risk Warnings on Coffee

Coffee: life-giver, day-starter, conversation-lubricant… cancer risk? Don’t pour out your cup of joe just yet. A California judge has ruled that coffee companies must display a warning that this morning pick-me-up carries a cancer risk. The ruling, levied against 91 coffee companies, specifically concerns a chemical called acrylamide. Acrylamide is, indeed, found in all coffees. It’s […]

Students Across America Stage School Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence

Students Across America Stage School Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence

In one of the boldest acts of student protest in recent years, thousands of students nationwide are walked out of classrooms today at 10 a.m. across time zones for 17 minutes in solidarity with the 17 killed in the school shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School exactly one month ago. These walkouts are just the first […]

The Salt Ponds of San Francisco Bay

The Salt Ponds of San Francisco Bay

As the plane banks to make its final pass before landing at the San Francisco Airport, peeking out of the window will reward you with a view of a vibrantly hued canvas. These configurations of color against the drab shades of the bay are the San Francisco Bay salt ponds. These bright pond pockets of red […]

How to Live a Happier Life, According to Science

How to Live a Happier Life, According to Science

Happiness isn’t a precise science. There’s no formula or combination on a lock that’s magically going to turn your day back into the gold you woke up this morning wanting it to be. And hey, before we take one step forward, let us preface everything we’re about to say with this: It’s okay. We all […]

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

The Trump administration escalated what had been a war of words over California’s immigration agenda, filing a lawsuit late Tuesday that amounted to a pre-emptive strike against the liberal state’s so-called sanctuary laws. The Justice Department sued California; Gov. Jerry Brown; and the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, over three state laws passed in recent […]

Autonomous Cars Must Fight Cyber Attacks Under California's New Rules

Autonomous Cars Must Fight Cyber Attacks Under California’s New Rules

California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved regulations to allow the driverless testing and public use of autonomous vehicles. Before this, self-driving cars had to be piloted with an approved driver at the wheel, just in case anything were to go awry. On Monday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced these major changes to the rules surrounding […]

Universities Vow Not to Penalize High School Students Who Participate in Anti-Gun Violence Protests

Universities Vow Not to Penalize High School Students Who Participate in Anti-Gun Violence Protests

Since the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died during a mass shooting on February 14, students around the country have begun peacefully protesting against gun violence. Leading the call for stricter gun control laws and more assistance for the mentally troubled, student survivors of the shooting started […]