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  • Holiday Magic: Let it Glow!

    This year, Phipps Conservatory is pulling out all the stops for their Winter holiday installment, appropriately called “Holiday Magic: Let it Glow!” As the name suggests, the decorations focused on using lights and colors to convey a festive mood, something that is immediately clear from the way the Conservatory is illuminated at night.

    Inside, things just get better. When I visited on the las...

    Pillbox | December 3, 2018
  • Analyzing social media extremism

    “Extremism” is a word we sometimes throw around casually, using it to label any actions or beliefs that seem, well, extreme. Other popular phrases include “extremist ideology,” and “violent extremism.”

    When you hear the word “extremists” or “extremism,” what do you imagine? Probably something along the lines of ISIS or white nationalists, groups that are explicitly extremist. But these based ...

    SciTech | December 3, 2018
  • Frederick Douglass and science’s emancipatory power

    Science did not corrupt society; society corrupted science.

    This was the key takeaway from Dr. Eric Herschthal’s talk “Frederick Douglass On Science: What He Said, Why He Said It, And What He Thought It Ought To Be,” which he delivered last Tuesday in Porter Hall. Dr. Herschthal, who holds a PhD in history from Columbia University, specializes in the study of African American history and the r...

    SciTech | November 19, 2018
  • Intellectual Dark Web creates space for controversial voices

    When you hear about the “dark web,” you probably think about the seedy underbelly of the internet, where anonymous individuals circulate disturbing videos and images, contract killers advertise their services, and drug dealers peddle their wares, all in exchange for cryptocurrency.

    What you probably don’t think about is a bunch of prominent figures of industry and academia gathering over dinne...

    Forum | November 19, 2018
  • Is ‘Oumuamua a probe sent by aliens? Probably not

    When you think of an alien, you probably picture a little gray man in a skintight jumpsuit piloting a flying saucer, not an amorphous, cigar-shaped hunk of rock hurtling through our solar system.

    Scientists studying the mysterious interstellar object ‘Oumuamua, didn’t make that connection either until Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard’s astronomy department, suggested it. Though not many took him ser...

    SciTech | November 12, 2018