Media

The Metaphorical Virus

Metaphor is a strong tool in discourse. Linking seemingly unrelated concepts, it weaves a net of knowledge that facilitates understanding and sparks up insights at its nodes. However, in a context that requires objectivity, the net can lead us astray. It distracts us from the simplest facts and fogs our perception and judgments. As early…

A Little Birdie Told Me You’re Sick: An Analysis of Social Media Syndromic Surveillance

Social media platforms have become ubiquitous since their conception in the digital age. Originally, the platforms existed as social networking sites, for individuals to connect with others rather than dyadic communication as they are commonly used for now (1). These outlets have developed opportunities for individuals to publicly and digitally share self-produced content despite their…

Gun Violence and Public Health: For Our Lives, Lives Lost and Lives Forgotten

Seventeen dead in Parkland. Twenty-six dead in Sutherland. Forty-nine dead in Orlando.  Twenty-seven dead at Sandy Hook. Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas. As death tolls continue to climb and the frequency of mass shootings increase, gun violence has become one of the leading causes of premature death, killing more than 30,000 people and causing nearly…

Can Bill Nye Save the World?

“Bill Nye Saves the World” is a new show starring Bill Nye, a well-known and popular member of the science education community. The series description claims to “look at topics from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science”. Since Bill Nye is influential, this article seeks to investigate Bill Nye’s…

Phantom Limbs: The Missing Link

Scientists, researchers, and physicians alike still have not been able to pinpoint the precise cause of phantom pain, a term coined by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1871. Phantom limb is used to reference a syndrome in which patients experience pain or other sensations originating from a nonexistent limb. There may also be discrepancies between the…

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