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The Necessity of Discomfort: Science and Sustainability in the 21st Century

What are you willing to give up for a living planet? What should we be willing to do to reverse the circumstances that have brought us to this point? What is all the worry about? These questions run the gamut of environmental thought today. The Al Gores of the world, liberal environmentalists, seem to think that just a reorganization of the current energy infrastructure into a "green and sustainable" one will allow us to continue "enjoying our standard of living." I used to believe that, but then I slowly realized it was just that -- a belief -- and not an understanding of the present situation. I wish to challenge this set of assumptions.


College, minus the memories: The science behind blacking out

Drinking is nothing new on college campuses. It's also an activity students rarely hide, except from local law enforcement, RAs and maybe parents. Drinking to blackout, or to bring on total memory loss for periods of time, is also nothing new, but it's becoming increasingly popular among students -- despite the fact that many don't what it really means to black out.


What we talk about when we talk about climate change

Being a reasonable person is becoming a radical position. Having a conscience is becoming an activity for insurrectionists. If you agree with any of the following, look out, you might be put on some kind of watch list of people who trust scientific consensus.


'Seven Brief Lessons' reignites love for science

As a culture, we have a tendency to separate science and language. We celebrate the value of a liberal arts education, and yet we funnel students into distinct math/science courses and English/arts courses, rarely bothering to combine the two disciplines. As a result, each individual tends to consider himself either a "numbers" person or a "words" person.


Earth Fest, sister March for Science combine

A lack of activism at Miami University has been a sore spot in the school's recent history. In light of the current rhetoric surrounding the field of science and climate change specifically, educational leadership graduate student Dustin Hornbeck decided something needed to give.


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