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Robot sex brothels: good or bad?

Two years ago, the first sex doll-based brothel was opened in Spain. At the current time, is the growing fame and success of these brothels something to worry about? Are robot sex workers great tools to replace prostitution, or will they be the cause of further societal damage?

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Microstory

Living with the fear of losing our insurance: the struggles for our daughter in the US

My daughter was born a second-class citizen. Born, with a rare genetic disease, during the run up to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) she entered the world with a preexisting condition. Even with the law, her life hangs in the balance subject to the whims of our insurer. The United States remains the lone developed nation without universal healthcare. Our government is failing us – it is failing her.

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Essay

Game of Thrones (GoT) finale and its impact

The fantasy television series Game of Thrones (GoT) has dominated the entertainment world for the last eight years and has been called the greatest show of all time. Many people have been unhappy with the final season and especially the final episode. I would like to reflect on some important aspects of the series and discuss why there is no ‘correct’ ending.

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Macrostory

Interview with Prof. Caroline Wagner: on scientific communication and journals

In June 2019 I had the pleasure of discussing the future of the scientific publication system with Professor Caroline S. Wagner from Ohio State University, an expert in how science and technology are used to decide public policy. Professor Wagner has led a successful career in studying network dynamics within science. I was fortunate enough to discuss many related subjects over the duration of the interview, and I will briefly summarise the main talking points of our discussion.

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Essay

Deconstructing hierarchical societies for a happier life

Modern societies are grounded in pyramidal models, where a tiny portion of the population plays leading roles and the remaining occupy subordinated positions. One of the major ways to maintain such a hierarchy is by adopting systems of comparison to hire personnel or to evaluate students. This approach does not seem to cultivate unique talents. What would happen if we could reconstruct a society in which spontaneous inclinations and human subjectivity are directly brought into play?

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Biology

Herd Immunity: a perspective on Venezuela’s socioeconomic crisis

The lack of awareness of Venezuela’s deteriorating public health care system caused by Venezuela’s socioeconomic crisis is unprecedented. With the sharp decline of vaccination rates, the country is currently seeing colossal outbreaks of preventable diseases resurface once again, highlighting the importance of herd immunity. If these problems are not addressed soon, the rest of the world might just end up sharing the aftermath of Venezuela’s health crisis. 

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Essay

The loss of desire in the era of consumerism

The current generation of customers seek happiness and self-realization through the possession of an irrational number of products. In this article we will analyze the cultural background of consumerism and we will try to redefine the concept of self-realization as a life-long inner drive that shapes the projects of individual existence.

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Essay

Humanity is a cancer

Cancer cells are characterised by uncontrolled proliferation, the ability to escape cell death, the capacity of “stealing” nutrients from the host, and finally to invade other tissues. Are we humans displaying similar features, in our own dimensional reality? If so, are cancers really a negative feature for the systems they develop within?

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The reality of recycling
Environment

The reality of recycling

Recycling is more than just a trend, it has become a way of life. But are we doing enough? How are other countries in the world doing relative to yours and how does that make you feel? Follow me as I take you through the reality of recycling in North America to understand where we can improve.

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Pasta is healthy

Pasta is healthy

Pasta is generally categorised among unhealthy foods. However, Italians – large consumers of pasta – are among the healthiest populations of the world. This study digs into the properties of this highly caloric food to unveil its potential benefits and to debunk the general misconceptions of pasta-based recipes.

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Greta Thunberg's speech explained

Greta Thunberg’s speech explained

The young Swedish climate activist gave a sensationalistic speech at the COP24 UN Conference in Katowice that became widely popular. Here we analyze and explain what she said, sentence-by-sentence. Finally, we criticize and challenge her view that people will be the driving force of an environmentalist revolution.

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Why all news carries a dose of fakeness

Why all news carries a dose of fakeness

Anytime we read a newspaper or watch the news on television, we often do not realize that every news story is structurally a mystification. In this article we will try to unravel the fictitious component that any published report inevitably contains.

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Human intelligence makes us physically weaker

Human intelligence makes us physically weaker

Medical and technological advancements have led to a drastic reduction of worldwide infant mortality and an increased life expectancy. Because of this, far more people are able to reach reproductive age, thus maintaining “unfit” genetic traits in our population that would otherwise be weeded out by natural selection. Considering the consequences of these issues and devising solutions for them can help us overcome the future unsustainable costs for national healthcare systems.

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