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What is an NFT?

The strange world of NFTs Bored Apes? CryptoPunks? Randomly generated doodles of cats selling for $20,000? These so-called “NFTs” have taken the digital world by storm and caused mass hysteria, but many major questions about them still loom. What even are they, and why are some of them so valuable? …

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Eat, school, sleep deprivation-repeat

Recently, I purchased an alarm clock that wakes me up using light instead of noise. It increases the amount of light it shines over a 30 minute period ending during my set wake up time. After that, it beeps anyway just in case. The idea is that I’ll wake up the natural way of the body responding to …

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Criminal trial exposes larger problem of human trafficking

Human trafficking and its global impact 50% of US trafficking victims are girls under the age of 18 Girls as young as 5 are trafficked into sexual slavery — sometimes sold by their own economically-vulnerable mothers and fathers According to The International Labour Organization, there are approximately 40.3 million victims …

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Struggling to Stay Strong

Adolescent mental health issues hit crisis levels during pandemic Three hundred and seventy students attend Minnehaha’s upper school. Based on recently released research finding that one in five adolescents suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder, this means that seventy-four of Minnehaha’s close-knit community of students have likely been diagnosed …

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Cryptocurrency’s contribution to climate change

How the rise of crypto is harming the environment Combine the yearly energy consumption of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—“mining” Bitcoin consumes more.  Calculate the electricity expended yearly by the entire state of Washington—“mining” Bitcoin expends more.  Total the power used by an average American household over 72 days— “mining” …

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King of hearts

From Virginia to New Delhi, what molded a beloved senior The warm sun fell behind the walls of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. A herd of children’s shoes, kicking up dust while trampling the concrete sidewalk, raced to the center of the compound. Among those shoes were those …

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Maxwell conviction raises questions

How Epstein’s associate used her womanhood to sex traffic young girls On Dec. 29, 2021, a jury in New York City convicted Ghislaine Maxwell on five of six counts of grooming minors for sexual abuse. The jury found that Maxwell, in collaboration with her longtime associate, Jeffery Epstein, lured underage …

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Young tastes switch from sweet to tart

The vibrant crisp red of a pitcher of Kool-Aid calls your name. It may not be the best idea to answer. Although this sweet fruit-flavored drink is nostalgic, Generation Z is less likely to drink it because of its high sugar content.  “These foods very often have a certain tradition, …

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Robots aide nurses

Robots help with nurse worker shortage “People are feeling depressed and lonely. Robots can offer that social interaction. They will come and tell jokes, they will interact, they will have small conversations, they will administer reminiscence therapy. These little guys will teach them how to do easy-going exercises,” said Arshia …

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The Impact of Food on Mental Health

Mental health issues are skyrocketing with the recent pandemic and the growing influence of social media. There are many ways to prevent the growth of mental illness, but it is most important to focus on putting healthy food in your body and the role food plays in your life. A …

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