Archive for July, 2011

July 1, 2011

Nuclear Power? Yes Please!

By Ross Uehara-Tilton

In a time when increased dependency on fossil fuels is of great concern, especially given the ongoing conflicts in oil-producing countries, it is ever more important that engineers around the globe focus their efforts on developing sustainable, environmentally friendly power. The energy challenges facing today’s engineers will effect everyone. These engineers and scientists are given the task of developing alternative sources of energy before the world’s reserves run out. Many sources of alternative energy have been studied, such as wind turbines, photovoltaic panel arrays and geothermal energy, but energy generated through nuclear reactions is the most safe, cost effective and environmentally friendly source of energy for the world’s expanding population.

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July 1, 2011

Leaving Afghanistan: Obama’s Plan

By Kortnie Dean

The United States has been an extensive amount of time in the country of Afghanistan. Our initial invasion was to fight terror, al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Today, the war in Afghanistan is less definite. Operation Enduring freedom has developed since the war began in 2001 and has had serious consequences. Even after the fall of the Taliban and the killing of Osama bin Laden, the U.S. continues the conflict in the country. American citizens have slowly grown weary of being in such a long war and most are ready for some sort of action or progress. Recently, citizens have shown their disdain against the War on the grounds of the economic strife of the nation. Incredible amounts of money have been dedicated to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and have only increased our debt and added more pressure to the economy and citizens. It is important to acknowledge that the lives of American troops and innocent civilians are obviously more important than fiscal matters, but for the sake of my argument I will focus on the economic issues of the war in Afghanistan.

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July 1, 2011

Avastin’s no longer an option. Good.

From autoblog.com

By Lori Kim

Cancer is a terrible disease taking millions of lives every year.  According to Breast Cancer Facts and Figures for 2009 – 2010 reported by the American Cancer Society, the two types of cancer that lead to the most deaths in women are lung and breast cancer.  In 2009, approximately 40,170 women are expected to die from breast cancer.  Breast cancer is one type of the disease and unfortunately can hit women the hardest.  While the traditional route of chemotherapy is an option, Genentech offers another option as cancer treatment: Avastin.  Back in December of 2010, the Food and Drug Administration decided to attempt and remove an approval for Avastin as a safe drug for the treatment of breast cancer.  The latest news surrounding Avastin was declared on June 29, 2011 that the FDA would pull the approval for Avastin to be prescribed for breast cancer treatment.  However, doctors may prescribe Avastin but certain insurance companies might not choose to insure the costly prescription.

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July 1, 2011

Internet Dating, Nearly Flawless

Online dating began in 1994 with the registration of kiss.com to the Internet domain.  In 2007, Americans spent over 500 million in online dating sites making it the second highest “paid content” website on the Web behind pornography, according to brainz.org.  Since then, the industry has exploded with 40 million Americans on online dating sites.  The problem that online dating sites are attempting to fix is the lonely heart.  Those searching for soul mates with little luck or time in the real world can use this alternative to the traditional, brick-and-mortar routine of meeting people out on the streets.  Today, online dating services appeals to a wide age range and variety of people.  Online dating gives the opportunity to not only singles, but also people who have been divorced or widowed, heart broken or shy, to find their soul mate.

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July 1, 2011

A FAIR Education in California

In December 2010, bill SB 48 also known as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Educational Act was introduced to amend the Education codes in California.  On April 14, 2011, California’s Senate passed SB48, and Legislature is currently scheduled to rule on this bill on June 29, 2011.  The FAIR Educational Act was authored and introduced by gay Democrat Senator Mark Leno.  This bill would amend the current law that requires instruction in social sciences to include the studies of the roles in contributions of both men and women to the development of California to also include contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic or cultural groups, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups as a contemporary part of society.  This essay will focus primarily on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group that SB48 will be including.

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