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Understanding the Unsettling Uncanny Valley

Written by Margaret Wei   For over 40 years, scientists have been perplexed by the phenomenon of the uncanny valley—the feeling of uneasiness and eeriness a humanoid evokes as it approaches human resemblance, but fails to do so. The concept was first introduced in 1970

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The Effects of Noise Pollution on Human Health

Written by Margaret Wei Noise pollution, which is measured in decibels, is defined as any unwanted or disturbing sound that affects the health and well-being of humans and other organisms. Sounds that surpass 85 decibels are considered harmful, as they can damage ears. Noises that

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Ancient Viruses Frozen in Permafrost

Written by Margaret Wei Background As carbon emissions increase annually, so too does the average world temperature. This is a result of the greenhouse effect as the emissions create heat, in which the sun rays are trapped in the earth’s atmosphere, preventing the accumulated heat

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Recovery Methods of Endangered Plant Species

Written by Margaret Wei Recovery is the process of restoring threatened species to a point in which they no longer qualify under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Due to the yearly increase in the number of endangered species, habitat restoration rose to priority

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IMSA New Biology Electives 

Written by Margaret Wei New biology elective classes, Pathophysiology, Cancer Biology, and Biology of Behavior, have recently become IMSA upperclassmen favorites. The addition of these classes were aimed to further students’ knowledge from the required core classes: Scientific Inquiries Biology and Advanced Biological Systems. These

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Controversy Over the Use of Embryonic Stem Cells in Research

Written by Margaret Wei Stem cells have been increasing in popularity in research in recent years due to their pluripotency. Stem cells are at first unspecialized, but have the capacity to develop into specialized cells — hence their valued versatility when it comes to research.