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Humans may be able to sense magnetic fields

April 4, 2019

It’s a process that allows pigeons, honey bees and whales to navigate the world through the Earth’s magnetic field. Magnetoreception, a so-called sixth, geomagnetic sense, is found in bacteria, arthropods and multiple vertebrate species. It was thought ...


 
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A study at the University of California, Santa Cruz showed that solitude could have benefits.

Study shows solitude can be good for mental health

April 4, 2019

In this day and age, depression amongst college students is a growing issue: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 10 percent of all college students have been diagnosed with depression. While many may believe that a telltale sign of depression can be social withdrawal and isolation, new studies conducted at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz) show that this may not always be the case; in fact, young adults who spend time alone can gain many benefits from this chosen solitude.


 
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Scientists came up with a new genetic method to revert blindness.

Gene insertion helps blind mice regain eyesight

April 4, 2019

First evolved in animals 550 million years ago, the ability to see is essential to life. It helps animals navigate the world around them. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), may have found a way to reverse blindness caused by retinal degeneration and give people back the ability to fully experience the world.


Osler Medical Symposium welcomes the Lacks family

April 4, 2019

The Osler Medical Symposium hosted a discussion on Tuesday, April 2 titled “Medical Ethics: Privacy and Patient Rights” in Hodson 110. Members of the symposium welcomed Cynda Rushton, a professor and founding member of the Berman Institute for Bioethics, and Veronica Robinson, who is the great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks. The granddaughter and great-great granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks were also at the event. 

 
 
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Veronica Robinson, great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks, spoke at Hopkins this Tuesday.

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Wu’s friend eating the Angus Burger at Chuck’s Trading Post.

Hampden’s Chuck’s Trading Post’s quality burgers

April 4, 2019

Mediocre burgers are all alike; tasty burgers are all tasty in their own way. In this inaugural edition of The Burger Column, we present one of the tastiest of them all: the Angus Burger from Chuck’s Trading Post in Hampden. Before we dig into the burger, however, a little context is needed.


Night Market Underground is a successful sequel

April 3, 2019

Charm City Night Market, organized by The Chinatown Collective, returned last Saturday night to bring another celebration of Asian-American heritage and culture. This Night Market Underground was a part of a larger Asia North Festival to recognize the historic Asian-American presence in Baltimore, particularly in the neighborhood of Station North.

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A spray painted mural by Kimchi Juice at the Night Market Underground. 

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Eid Suleman gave attendees a firsthand account of his experiences.

Palestinian activist discusses life under military occupation

April 4, 2019

Eid Suleman, a Palestinian activist, discussed his experiences of life under Israeli occupation in Umm al-Khair, a city in Area C, the part of the West Bank that is under Israeli military and civil control. Suleman addressed the relationship between the Palestinian residents of Area C, the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Suleman fights against home demolitions by conducting international speaking tours and creating multimedia artwork. J Street U, a student group advocating for a peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hosted the event.


Boots Riley connects U.S. capitalism to poverty

April 4, 2019

Filmmaker and activist Boots Riley spoke at the Foreign Affairs Symposium (FAS) in Shriver Hall on Tuesday. Riley, who directed the 2018 film Sorry to Bother You, discussed the intersectionality between poverty, capitalism and racism — stressing the importance of social justice.

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Boots Riley, the director of Sorry to Bother You, spoke at FAS.

Events in Baltimore this weekend: April 4-7

April 3, 2019

Thursday O No! Drunk Comedy Show! Old Major 8 p.m. It’s the Orioles’ opening day! Comedians are celebrating by performing two sets — one sober, one drunk — so it’ll be a hilarious experience. $10.


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Predicting the winners of the NBA end-of-year awards

April 8, 2019

With only a few games remaining in the regular season, it’s time to predict the winners of the NBA’s awards. The League is always changing with new players breaking out each year and, as crazy as it seems, this is the last time in this article that I’ll be mentioning LeBron James.


Walking tour participants explore history of slavery

April 4, 2019

Baltimore History and Culture and Underground Railroad Tours co-hosted a walking tour titled, “Slavery, The Underground Railroad and Emancipation in Baltimore,” on Saturday, March 30 at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park.

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Robert Kelleman, the founder of Baltimore History and Culture led the tour.

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The Hopkins American Student Partnership for Israel invited Benjamin Anthony to campus.

Speaker addresses rising anti-Semitism in the 21st century

April 4, 2019

Hopkins American Student Partnership for Israel (HAPI) hosted an event called, “Benjamin Anthony: Antisemitism in the 21st Century,” on Tuesday in the The Smokler Center for Jewish Life. Anthony, a reservist in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), discussed personal experiences with anti-Semitism in his youth in England and his views on the state of Israel, of which he is now a citizen. Anthony is also the founder and director of Our Soldiers Speak, a nonprofit organization devoted to sending Israeli soldiers to speak to foreign audiences.


M. & W. Tennis keep up strong Conference play

April 4, 2019

This past weekend was jam-packed, with both Hopkins tennis teams in action. The men’s team faced off against the third-ranked Emory University Eagles on Sunday, traveling down to Atlanta, Georgia. The women’s tennis team continued their Centennial Conference schedule, hosting the Ursinus College Bears on Saturday. 

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Women’s tennis swept Ursinus in their Conference matchup Saturday.

Red Emma's hosts presentation of World War 3 Illustrated

April 3, 2019

Red Emma’s hosted a multimedia presentation of the latest issue of World War 3 Illustrated, a left-wing political comic magazine, on Friday, March 29. This issue, “Now is the Time of Monsters,” focuses on the rise of capitalism and fascism. And though the theme may be broad, each featured artist hones in on one specific evil in the world, from Mark Zuckerberg to forced evictions in Detroit. 

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Red Emma's hosted authors from magazine World War 3 Illustrated.

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A conversation with Baltimore musician Cris Jacobs

April 8, 2019

Ask Baltimore musician Cris Jacobs if he has a favorite song from his most recent album, Color Where You Are, and he’s unable to give a direct answer.  “I can’t really say that I do,” he said. “Different songs have different emotional levels and different purposes.”


Throat Culture puts on whirlwind 24-hour show

April 4, 2019

Throat Culture, the only sketch comedy troupe on campus, performed their 24-hour glow show in Arellano Theater on Saturday night, offering audience members not only humor and talent, but also free candy and glow sticks.

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Members of Throat Culture perform in the 24-hour show on Saturday.

Three Hopkins alumnae return for reading series

April 4, 2019

It’s sometimes hard to feel successful at Hopkins, or for that matter, to feel that you will ever be successful. Assignments come and go, and you complete them with varying degrees of competency and effort invested in each. You’re supposed to be learning, but often you feel like you’re treading water. Even if you do learn something, and can recognize and feel fulfilled by that fact, where does that leave you?