A couple of weeks ago, a friend told me to apply for an internship at Palantir, a company that specializes in big data analytics. I scrolled through the job’s description, wrote a quick cover letter and left my application untouched for a couple of weeks.
Now that the midterm elections are over with and Democrats won the popular vote in the House by the largest margins since Watergate, it is safe to turn our attention to 2020, albeit a bit early. Despite some rumblings from Ohio Gov.
A bombshell report was dropped over Thanksgiving. The Fourth National Climate Assessment provided perhaps the most detailed scientific assessment of how climate change is going to impact every area of our lives. Produced by a confederation of 13 federal agencies, including NASA, the Department of Defense, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture and more, it details societal response strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of global climate change.
Every day, I walk out my front door and turn to lock it behind me. I cross the front porch, take the four steps to the sidewalk, and turn left up Benjamin Street as it curves into Mary Street. I take a left on Packard Street and a right on Hill Street and walk up the steps to the Weill Hall, where I have most of my classes.
In 2013, an undergraduate research project suggesting Oreos activated more of the brain’s pleasure centers than either cocaine or morphine set off a storm of media attention. However, the study was done in rats and never directly compared Oreos to either drug.
Climate change will have incredibly damaging effects if we don’t take action against it, and soon. A new federal report released last week contradicts President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on climate change and emphasizes the economic downfalls it will cause our country in the near future. A focus on Trump’s denial, while important, ultimately distracts from the urgency of the issue, irresponsibly turning an effort to highlight the truth into political ammunition that fuels partisanship.
Any mention of universal social programs inevitably devolves into discussion of their exorbitant cost and the undesirability of making programs available to people who don’t need them. In 2015, former State Secretary Hillary Clinton somewhat notoriously said, “Now, I'm a little different from those who say free college for everybody.