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  • Intellectual Dark Web creates space for controversial voices

    When you hear about the “dark web,” you probably think about the seedy underbelly of the internet, where anonymous individuals circulate disturbing videos and images, contract killers advertise their services, and drug dealers peddle their wares, all in exchange for cryptocurrency.

    What you probably don’t think about is a bunch of prominent figures of industry and academia gathering over dinne...

    Forum | November 19, 2018
  • Is ‘Oumuamua a probe sent by aliens? Probably not

    When you think of an alien, you probably picture a little gray man in a skintight jumpsuit piloting a flying saucer, not an amorphous, cigar-shaped hunk of rock hurtling through our solar system.

    Scientists studying the mysterious interstellar object ‘Oumuamua, didn’t make that connection either until Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard’s astronomy department, suggested it. Though not many took him ser...

    SciTech | November 12, 2018
  • Kanye's political career: Thank you Kanye, very cool!

    It seems that the almighty Yeezus has had another revelation.

    On Oct. 30, Kanye West took to Twitter, tweeting that “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

    It’s not clear what caused ...

    Forum | November 12, 2018
  • Why does YouTube get less criticism for hate speech?

    Hate and hate speech are on the rise in America. As last week’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue sadly proved, the U.S. has a darker side.

    Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have again come under public scrutiny for their role in perpetuating hate speech by allowing fascist, neo-Nazi, and white supremacist organizations to publish and share content. This has long been a problem with soc...

    SciTech | November 5, 2018
  • The politicization of tragedies

    The first major shooting that really impacted me was the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. As a jaded senior excited about graduation and going to college at Carnegie Mellon, the shooting shocked me out of my final semester reverie.

    When news of the shooting first came out, the details were horrifying. [As reported by CNN](http:// https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/18/us...

    Forum | November 5, 2018