Most Americans will go their entire lives without ever hearing about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more colloquially known as DARPA. Yet, despite its relative anonymity, this agency is responsible for some of the most innovative technologies in the world. What DARPA Does DARPA was founded in the midst of the Cold War. The successful Soviet launch of Sputnik I and Sputnik II had discredited the American assumption of technological superiority. Now, the agency acts as the default research and development wing of the Pentagon. DARPA has essentially the same responsibility that it had at its inception in 1958. It’s mission is to keep America at...Read More
Author: Sabrina Kim
As President Trump nears his 100th day in office, pundits and journalists alike are beginning to publish their critiques, concerns, and complaints. For most outlets, the 45th POTUS represents an ideology that runs antithetical to the very fundamentals of liberalism and democracy—a move that they feel endangers the entire nation. Tensions with Russia are rising. North Korea is growing increasingly agitated. Syria continues to be a hotbed of instability. However, a select few remain optimistic. Mattis, McMaster, and Tillerson have been affectionately coined “the adults in the room,” serving as level-headed negotiators to calm President Trump’s sporadic and seemingly impulsive behaviors. Many outsiders trust...Read More
The Trump Administration’s recent budget proposal includes behemoth cuts and few details. It is necessarily vague—to President Trump, the nuances of budget cuts are inherently irrelevant so long as nuclear research and defense allocations skyrocket. This was his platform, and there are certain benefits to increasing funding in these areas. Sadly, scientific research is taking the brunt of Mr. Trump’s ruthless cuts. The proposed budget would deal a serious blow to many of the government’s science-driven agencies. It would slash the NIH’s funds by 18%, delivering a decisive blow to key biomedical research sectors. The EPA would be down by 31.4%. ARPA-E, the...Read More
Shamu and other orca whales have been a pillar of childhood entertainment for decades. Many families, mine included, made the trip to the Orlando, San Antonio, or San Diego SeaWorld amusement parks to watch the whales launch themselves out of the water in spectacular fashion. For us, it was simply incredible. The show seemed so beautiful, the trainers seemed so gentle, and the whales seemed so happy. Or were they? The Truth Behind Captive Breeding All good things must come to an end. My childhood naïveté about killer whales also came to a screeching halt after the 2013 release of Blackfish. Killer whales are...Read More
We’ve all seen it. A family friend crafts a dramatically lengthy Facebook post, remarking on the terrible state of an orphaned child in Nicaragua, Nigeria, Guatemala, or somewhere else cryptic and distant. This person will often begin with a platitude along the lines of “I am so lucky to have the opportunity to…” or “This is my calling.” Then, to cap off their sudden altruism, the punchline. “Please click the button below to help fund my spring break trip and save children’s lives!” This is the essence of voluntourism. Defined as “doing meaningful volunteer work while also participating in tourism,” it’s a...Read More
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