Vanessa Douglas

SARS-like Virus Found in UK

by Vanessa Douglas on September 29, 2012

UK officials identified a second case of a new virus similar to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in England this past Monday. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement on Sunday saying identifying the new virus, the first case arising in Saudi Arabia previously this year. According to the BBC, another man with the […]

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On Tuesday, The Boy Scouts of America upheld its decision to ban gay members within the organization, according to NBC News.  A committee consisting of 11 leaders and volunteers gathered privately for two years to determine whether the anti-gay policy was “still in the organization’s best interests after a resolution was put forward to reconsider […]

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Last month, popular cosmetics company Urban Decay made a controversial decision to widen their reach to China, which requires products to be tested on animals. Not only did the decision cause disapproval among the company’s consumer’s, but it also cost them their Leaping Bunny certification. In an attempt to clarify the announcement, Urban Decay addressed […]

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Arizona’s contentious 2010 immigration law, which allowed police to detain individuals they believed were residing in the United States illegally, has been upheld by the Supreme Court. According to the New York Times, the justices were split on three of the law’s provisions, but the main feature, the “show me your papers” provision”, was reinstated to […]

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Nora Ephron, the mind behind Academy Award nominated “Silkwood”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, as well as award nominated “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie and Julia”, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71. According to The Washington Post, Ephron died at a hospital in her hometown of New York City. Her […]

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As a frequent peruser of news sites, I have come across many articles on the Farm Bill in the past few days. As a youth (somewhat) removed from agriculture, however, I had no idea what it is. Yet, I realize I should, as should most American citizens. I may not be a farmer, but this […]

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With the crisis in Syria now dubbed an official civil war, and Russia being accused of meddling, the situation is all but ignorable. Amnesty International is now accusing the Syrian regime of war crimes. According to reports, “Soldiers and shabiha militias burned down homes and properties and fired indiscriminately into residential areas, killing and injuring […]

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There is no doubt about it: Americans love fast, not so healthy, and not so ethical food. Yet, what if the places that offer such changes are starting to change? Veg News reports that select Subway stores will now begin to offer vegan options, and Cracker Barrel, the combined restaurant and gift shop establishment, is […]

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Life…in a Box?

by Vanessa Douglas on June 14, 2012

Of all the options for habitats, could you ever imagine living in a shipping container? While that may seem like an unusual option, individuals across the globe are choosing it as a housing and space alternative. NPR, The Huffington Post, and National Geographic have all spotlighted this recent trend in architecture, which may revolutionize our […]

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Every human being expels CO2 from their bodies hundreds of times, every day. We rarely think about how ubiquitous the compound is, but perhaps it is time we all pay attention. Scientists have reported that the levels of carbon dioxide in our air have drastically increased, which is bad news for us and our planet. […]

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