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Pill with a new design can now deliver insulin

February 20, 2019

For individuals with type 2 diabetes, daily insulin injections are a necessary but uncomfortable routine. A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), however, have developed a pill that can deliver doses of insulin, replacing daily injections. Their work was published in the journal Science.


Students on security advisory committee share perspectives

February 21, 2019

The University announced in an email to the student body in September that it planned to create a Student Advisory Committee for Security (SACS). Applications for SACS opened that month, and selected students were notified of their appointment to the Committee on Oct. 30. The Committee met twice, once in November and once in December, before the University released the names of the selected students on the Security website on January 28.


Gun control alone won’t reduce gun violence

February 21, 2019

Last week, on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, media outlets reflected on the strides in gun control that we’ve made as a result of the survivors’ movement. I want to add to the conversation by reflecting on what we can do better as we go forward.


A spotlight on Witness producer Charlie Linton

February 15, 2019

I’ve covered the past three Witness Theater showcases for The News-Letter, and I’m honestly not sure why. I never feel like I’m doing their astonishingly complex plays justice, yet I keep volunteering to review them. 

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Senior Charlie Linton discussed the positive impact of theater at Hopkins.

A new treatment could reverse some paralysis

February 14, 2019

Approximately 300,000 Americans in the United States live with some form of spinal cord injury (SCI), with about 20,000 new cases each year. Vehicular accidents are the leading cause of SCIs, followed by incidences of falls, violent behaviors and mishaps during recreational activities. Depending on the severity of the SCI, these injuries may lead to paralysis in various areas of the body.


Gender might change perceived pain

February 14, 2019

In a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Brian Earp and his colleagues found that the perceived gender of a child influences an adult’s evaluation of that child’s pain. 

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Parent’s may perceive their child’s pain differently based on their gender.

Baltimore activist groups discuss legislative session

February 14, 2019

The Baltimore chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) held its annual Legislative Day on Saturday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to educate voters on initiatives and bills related to racial justice. The event featured speakers from five different Baltimore activist groups including: the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition (BTEC); CASA de Maryland; and Campaign for Justice, Safety and Jobs (CJSJ). 


Hubble Space Telescope spots new dwarf galaxy

February 14, 2019

The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) that was established in 1990 via a Space Shuttle mission STS-31 launch into low-Earth orbit. Throughout its 29-year lifespan, the telescope has contributed immensely to planetary studies, having made more than 1.3 million observations.

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A dwarf galaxy possible as old as the universe has been discovered.

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L.A. Kauffman has worked as a grassroots organizer for 35 years.

Activist discusses how to hold a successful protest

February 17, 2019

Writer L.A. Kauffman gave a talk on her new book, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance, at Red Emma’s on Wednesday. Kauffman, who has worked in grassroots activism for more than 35 years, details the history of mass demonstration in the U.S in her book.


Homewood Museum event discusses the history of chocolate

February 14, 2019

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Homewood Museum invited food historian Joyce White to present an event titled “Chocolate Through Time” on Wednesday, Feb. 13. White presented different ways of making chocolate throughout history and discussed the evolution of chocolate recipes. She invited attendees to taste samples of chocolate, giving each audience member a box of chocolates at different stages of production.


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Participants were told at the event to come up with discussion questions.

OMA discussion explores black diaspora relations

February 14, 2019

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) hosted an event on Saturday called “Black Diaspora Relations at Hopkins.” The event aimed to encourage students to have conversations about how the mass dispersion of people from Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trade from the 1500s to the 1800s impacts black diaspora communities today.


Hookup culture: empowering, isolating or both?

February 14, 2019

I am, as my mother would say, a “sensitive person who feels things deeply.” She’s not wrong. I have atopic dermatitis — a fancy medical term for “sensitive deep-feeler.” When I’m upset, a rash breaks out on my arms; when I’m stressed, I get bacne that looks like a topographical map of a piece of pizza. Even when I try hiding my feelings, my skin betrays me. 

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Hookup culture: empowering, isolating or both?

February 14, 2019

It’s 9 a.m., and you’re trying to rush home before anyone sees you in oversized sweatpants and a T-shirt, carrying your clothes from last night. The infamous walk of shame. But why do we label it as shameful? Why do we consider sex shameful? 


Schrödinger’s sexuality: Waiting for that special someone

February 18, 2019

In seventh grade, somewhere between the classes that neither students nor teachers cared about and the hormone and Axe-filled gym period, we had one hour set aside every week to visit the library. While I’m sure I would have preferred the patented middle school time-waster coolmathgames.com, the presence of our terrifying school librarian forced me to pretend to actually read. 

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For several years, Farrar’s sexuality reminded him of Schrödinger’s cat.

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Saving yourself this Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

In a world governed by social pressure to love and be loved, knowing how to be single is key to your health and that of your relationships. Knowing how to be single can be difficult, though, when surrounded by rom-coms, love songs and Disney-happy-endings.


How dating expectations change in college

February 19, 2019

The act of dating is complicated, to put it lightly. To text or not to text. To Snapchat or not to Snapchat. To wait a certain amount of time before responding to the text so you seem like you’re not on your phone 24/7 and have a very cool life or to not. These decisions feel monumental in the moment, creating a pressure that other generations just don’t understand.

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Learning to move on in real life, and online

February 18, 2019

Each morning, a Facebook notification arrives at the same time with the same message: “On this day, you have memories with…” That’s usually accompanied by a list of seven people, five of whom I don’t talk to anymore. 


How dating apps promote sexual racism

February 14, 2019

I am not your Korean fetish.” That was the Tinder bio I wrote last summer, which came with some decent pictures of myself and a surprise painting of Judith slaying Holofernes. A not-so-subtle finger to the patriarchy. 

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I had a ‘make America gay again’ sign at the 2018 Women’s March.

I’ve identified as gay for years. Not anymore.

February 18, 2019

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is a bop — it topped charts in 25 countries and became one of the best-selling singles of all time. It’s also a monumental LGBTQ anthem in which Gaga embraces her bisexuality and affirms other LGBTQ identities, singing “I’m beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes / I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way.”