Does Air Force One Really Need A New $4 Billion Upgrade?
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Does Air Force One Really Need A New $4 Billion Upgrade?

In the fall of 2016, Donald Trump proved that with the help of his Twitter account, he could do anything, even if that meant the seemingly improbable feat of becoming the President of the United States. Not long after defeating his opponent Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election, Trump showcased the power of his Twitter account once again. This time, a world-renowned aviation and aerospace company found itself on the receiving end of Trump's infamous, knee-jerk Tweeting. At the...

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Is Nuclear Escalation Inevitable? The Next Global Conflict

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When it Comes to Good Drug Policy, Science Should Trump Law

Marijuana makes people say the craziest things. Not the people using the drug -- though, of course, those people spout plenty of cloud-brained iotas of wisdom in the moment. No, it's the people looking to make marijuana seem like a lethal toxin, however sober they may be in their attempts at reason, who are responsible for a dizzyingly contradictory litany of statements about the ill effects of the drug. Marijuana is, all at once: a highly lethal drug that kills...

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A Couples Guide To Getting Married On Mount Everest…And Surviving

After a three-week trek, the California-based couple James Sissom (35) and Ashley Schmieder (32) eloped. On its own, that sentence does not seem interesting enough to be worth publishing. Marriage, while a significant step for any couple, is not news-worthy event in most circumstances. Even when the biggest hullabaloos are made -- such as royal or presidential weddings -- the fanfare relates only to the titles of the parties involved, not the intrinsic significance of the ceremony. But Sissom and...

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Is Health Care Innovation Better With Free Markets?

A great debate of United States politics in the 20th century rages on. The moment Donald Trump took to the White House as the unlikeliest candidate in recent history in January 2017, the Republican Party set one policy square in its crosshairs: the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially "Obamacare," the most widely touted achievement of Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. The ACA itself was mired in over a year of debates, resulting in legislation that improved some sectors of the troubled...

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Can A Young Startup Bring Back Commercial Supersonic Air Travel?

Imagine getting on a plane in London, taking a three-hour nap, and then waking up in New York City. For the start-up company Boom Supersonic, founded in 2014, this quick trip shouldn't just be a high-flying dream for a limited amount of moneyed passengers. Boom Supersonic aims to bring supersonic air travel -- that is, planes that fly above the speed of sound -- to the masses, a practice that is now unheard of in commercial aviation. Most long-haul flights...

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Vaccines and Autism: Can the Debate be Reconciled?

Broadly speaking, the general public doesn't read scientific journals. Most people subscribe to magazines like Time or Reader's Digest, not academic publications like Nature or Science. Yet this doesn't mean that scientific journals can't have a massive impact on the way the public behaves. One fateful 1998 article in The Lancet sparked a debate that continues to rage to the present day, with partisans on both sides of the issue staunchly sticking to their guns. If the issue discussed in The Lancet's article was the health benefits of chocolate,...

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Should You Stop Having Children? The Science, Climate, and Statistics of Population Growth

When the editors of the popular United Kingdom-based publication The Guardian decided to publish an article with the title, "Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children," they had to know what was coming. The article, written by Damian Carrington, does not castigate those who want to have children, nor does it suggest that children are a force for ill. Rather, Carrington presents data which suggests that in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, humans should...

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Where’s the Plane? The Science Behind Malaysia Airlines 370 (MH370)

Planes don't just disappear. On March 8th, 2014, people all around the world said some version of that sentence to themselves as global media outlets began running stories about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) almost nonstop. MH370, a flight from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia's capital) to Beijing (China's capital), disappeared after a routine takeoff and climb to cruising altitude on March 8th. Malaysia Airlines isn't the kind of big name that draws international recognition -- it's no Qantas, Emirates, or American...

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