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Genetics are influenced by environment

Growing up, Lorenzo Allen faced a problem. He has a serious case of math dyslexia. For whatever reason, math never took root in his mind. What if you could explain a neurological challenge such as math dyslexia with epigenetic factors? Epigenetics is when outside forces alter an individual’s genetics.  Where genetics focus on the inner mechanics of genes, epigenetics examines how elements, conditions or matter on the outside of the body switch genes on or off. Human behavior and social interactions greatly affect the development of one’s life and can be variables that cause epigenetical change. Every epigenetic journey is different and such is the case with “Allen.” Allen’s parents are not descendants of Copernicus. They are middle of the…

From Pluto to Plato: Music muses make magic in the mind

Music calms the savage breast. Why? From classic pianists to classic rock, our bodies interpret music in different ways. Aisthētikos is a Greek word that means relating to perception by the senses. This definition changed in the 18th century when the word was moved to mean “concerned with beauty.” Today aesthetics is a philosophical idea. It asks, why do humans love beauty? Music is incredibly aesthetic and old philosophers knew it was something special. They felt music in their heart …

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Long distance relationships are difficult

It is finally a small world after all. Technology has expanded the way we communicate and who we communicate with. In the not-so-distant past, managing a long-distance relationship was nearly impossible.  Moving away to college or being shipped out to war were death sentences for most relationships. Starting a relationship with someone you had never met face-to-face before was seen as flat-out crazy. Gone are the days of waiting long weeks for the postman to deliver letters between lovers. Today, …

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Sex and the Sun: Fake orgasms can leave the wrong impression

Fake it until you make it, right? Wrong. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 85 percent of men said that their partner had an orgasm during the last time they had sex. Only 64 percent of the women reported actually having one. That is more than a few orgasms that are not being accounted for. These men think that women are having orgasms because that is what they are led to believe. Lying about having an …

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Sex and The Sun: Trusty condoms: Where the rubber meets the road

They come in all different sizes and play a role in reproduction. They vary in length, width and thickness. They even have different flavors. Condoms are a basic staple in birth control. They are inexpensive, accessible and fairly easy to use. They are also effective. In a single year, only 2 percent of those who used condoms correctly ended up with an accidental pregnancy. Planned Parenthood hands them out like candy on college campuses, with flashy packaging. Also resembling candy, …

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Sex and the Sun: Hyper-sexed media wrecks women’s image

While models and celebrities airbrushed to perfection and photoshopped beyond recognition flood the media, a regular lady’s self esteem takes more hits than Facebook. While women are making impressive progress in education, professions and politics, body issues are worsening. Unrealistic beauty standards bombarding TV, movies and magazines are damaging the esteem of girls as young as 5. While objectifying pictures and advertisements are most likely to appear in men’s magazines, teen girl publications are a close second.  Cartoons, shows and …

From Pluto to Plato: Why is love so powerful?

Why is love so powerful? It is in our DNA. Over the summer, I tried to recuperate from the throes of losing the woman I loved for 3 1/2 years. I rummaged through my thoughts and kept my winds about earth and I thought about love. Even in separation, my ex-partner’s presence inhabited my mind. That is the power of love. Explaining love is best left to poets, but scientists have also been hard at work contemplating the realm of …

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Sex and the Sun: There is no justification for rape

There is no grey area or moral loopholes. No hidden clause in a jumble of legality stating the opposite. Rape Is rape. Women between the ages of 16-24 have a four times higher risk of being raped than any other group. College freshmen are the most raped women of all. Rape of young women are too easily blamed on provocative dressing and alcohol consumption. Excuses, excuses. Both unacceptable. Rape is caused by rapists. Women should never be blamed for being …

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

The Give and Go: Time to end hazing in all pro sports

Hazing has a long tradition in the military, fraternities and locker rooms. That does not make it right. Slavery was once an American tradition and so was child labor, racism, homophobia, sexism, child marriage, indentured servitude and share cropping. That does not make them right. The case of Miami Dolphins teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is a blessing in disguise because it has surfaced an ugly cancer in the NFL. Incognito’s flurry of racial slurs and threats against Martin …

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Sex and the Sun: Ubiquitous porn can be destructive

In 2012 the pornography industry brought in more than $100 billion worldwide and had an enormous profit margin. Sex really does sell. Porn was in the $100 billion club with the Fortune 500 behemoths like Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, Volkswagen and Apple. Some porn traders are richer than drug lords, robber barons and corporate raiders. Some do almost as much damage. Like heroin, pornography is addictive. Americans, on average, are exposed to porn by age 11. Many teenagers are addicts. Constant voyeurism …

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy was difficult, especially for a kid who really wanted to be an athlete. Sitting in my wheelchair under Friday night lights while my friends played out our childhood dreams was four quarters of torture. Smelling the fragrant emerald grass of the spring diamond without throwing some inside heat was a cruel tease. I was hard to sit and watch. If absence makes the heart grew fonder, my heart swelled with passion for sports.  I fell …