Olivia L. Dobbs
Science Enthusiast, Naturalist, Dreamer.
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TikTok Keeps Diagnosing People with Neurodiversity. Is it Valid?
It started out as a single, short video. An influencer remarked on his ability to hyperfocus on tasks that he was interested in. I watched the whole thing, nose-exhaled, tapped the heart, and went about my doom scroll. Suddenly, my FYP was filled with ADHD-related content. Worse yet, the content toted relatable ADHD symptoms - I couldn’t help but wonder, should I have been diagnosed with this disorder?
Genetic Disparity: How Close Are We to the Sci-Fi Future of GATTACA?
“Designer babies could be just two years away”, wrote CNN journalist Jack Guy in 2019. His article highlighted what was, at the time, the hottest news in the world of bioethics, that gene editing was becoming safe enough for use on human embryos.
Nature-Inspired Solutions: How Biomimicry is Helping Us Solve Some of Humanity's Biggest Challenges
Have you ever thought about how we can solve some of humanity's biggest challenges by looking to nature for inspiration? Well, that's exactly what biomimicry is all about!
Beating the Deadline: How Close are We to Curing Alzheimer's Disease?
Thursday afternoons were reserved for visiting Grandma Joan. Once a week, I’d turn the corner to a beaming smile, as she excitedly rocked back and forth in her wheelchair. But, this week was different. I turned the corner this time to an empty room. All that was left of Grandma there was her belongings.
The Cocaine Hippos of Puerto Triunfo
Pablo Escobar, to the disdain of many a Colombian, is one of the most internationally well-known historical figures of the country. The infamous drug lord, who became the wealthiest criminal in history, plagued Colombia for nearly 20 years.
Space Junk: The Growing Swarm of Trash in Our Atmosphere
Humans are profoundly gifted at creating trash. No matter where you travel on earth, there are remnants of human debris. The highest points on earth are littered with climbing equipment from failed expeditions, the lowest trenches have microplastics. It’s no well-kept secret that we’re a species of litterbugs.
War is Destroying Our Planet
Environmental damage and wars exist in a positive feedback loop. As resources dwindle, more conflicts emerge. As conflicts take place, more natural resources are rendered useless. With each cycle, the limited availability of resources and the frequency of war push more towards extremes.
Is Nuclear Energy a Sustainable Solution?
Ah, uranium. The only substance that compares to its radioactivity is public opinion of it. Due to more than half a decade of horrendous accidents and deplorable warfare, paired with rosy images of a retro-futuristic paradise, opinions on the subject are diverse as they are vitriolic.
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We Need to be Talking About Palm OilTop Story - August 2022
Shopping in 2022 feels like traversing a minefield. It feels like you’re making a political statement depending on the brands you purchase! With every corporate Twitter hashtagging their brand’s cause of choice (and some even lobbying for it), going to the grocery store requires making little choices that butterfly-effect themselves into government policy.