Olivia L. Dobbs
Science Enthusiast, Naturalist, Dreamer.
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- Top Story - August 2022
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.
10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact Today
It’s been a difficult couple of years for most people. Regardless of location, political preference, or economic status, almost everyone’s been feeling the effects of these hard times. Now more than ever, we should be doing all that we can to help our communities. Even if you don’t have the ability to make huge changes, any bit you can muster can set the ball rolling towards a more kind and positive society. With just a pinch of a radical thing called kindness, you can make your society a better place to live in.
Review: Is MasterClass Worth a Subscription?
In a world of free trials and monthly subscriptions, signing up for MasterClass’ $180 annual pass feels like quite a big commitment. I signed up in January and have watched 20 of the courses so far. Though it’s not quite what I expected from the myriad of advertisements it sent my way, it’s certainly still a valuable service.
- Top Story - July 2022
10 Uplifting News Articles to Brighten Your Week
We all need a little positivity to balance out the harsh news cycle we've been subjected to recently. In the background of all the tragedy of the last few years, great things have been happening too! Take a break from the negativity and restore your faith in humanity. Check out these 10 amazing articles that point towards a better tomorrow:
Latest Cancer Research Suggests We're Strikingly Close To Curing Cancer
In the nineties, the scientific world experienced a renaissance of rapid advancement. From cloning Dolly to developing ground-breaking HIV treatments, the field was buzzing with possibilities and optimistic speculations. One of the most exciting predictions made by scientists of that decade was curing cancer. The idea of developing a cure within the 21st century was considered optimistic, but increasingly possible. Almost a quarter of a century later, we’ve made another huge leap forward.
No, Social Emotional Learning isn’t a “Trojan Horse” for CRT.
May 2021. My boss answered a Zoom call with his familiar “Eureka!” smile. His face lit up with the glow of a fresh idea bouncing about behind his eyes. Today, he’d discovered the perfect new project to occupy my newly-acquired full-time hours.
The Secret to Successful Science Education
Science is one of the greatest innovations of humankind. It will become even more of an imperative discipline to our species’ sustainable continuation in the coming decades. With near-inevitable carbon emission-induced chaos, overpopulation, food shortages, and more, our future workforce needs to exponentially increase our rate of discovery and innovation to counteract these disasters.
How to Survive 2022’s Food Shortages
Dystopian times we’ve been living through, huh? With war, supply chain problems, and a global pandemic that might not yet be over, the first three months of 2022 have already seen a year’s worth of stressful moments. But, almost to add insult to injury, 2022 has another nasty event to hurl our direction. Buckle up, food shortage in the United States might potentially get worse.
The Volcanic Eruption in Tonga Might Have Lasting Effects on the Climate
On Saturday, January 15th, 2022 (5pm local time), an undersea volcano near Tonga erupted in an intensity that rivaled the largest volcanic explosions of the 21st century (1). As of writing this (2pm PT), countries that border the Pacific have already begun to feel the effects of the massive blast. The United States has issued Tsunami advisories up the entire U.S. Western Coast and Tsunami threats have been issued from New Zealand and all the way to up to Japan (2).
The Top 5 Science Events to Look Forward to in 2022
Folks, this year’s forecast is (finally) looking bright. After a challenging collection of years behind us, there’s hope just ahead. In the world of science, 2022 is poised to be a riveting year full of life-changing discoveries.