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FOR MANY, JAM evokes a sense of home: weekend PB&Js, grandma’s sweet concoctions, liquid summer in a jar. For jam maker V Smiley, it also means homecoming. Five years ago, Smiley came back to her family’s farm in Vermont to start V Smiley Preserves, her fruit preservation project, after years spent away. What took her so long?  Jam making isn’t for the impatient. Turning fresh fruit into perfectly gooey, delicious preserves takes time, and time is a key factor in Smiley’s life. When she was young,...
Autoimmune diseases cause your body’s immune system, or "germ police force," to identify healthy tissue as an invading pathogen. They launch a full-scale attack that leads to pain, inflammation and a host of other unpleasant symptoms that can deteriorate your quality of life. People with autoimmune diseases are at increased risk of infection during COVID-19, and guess what? Women have an increased risk of having autoimmune diseases. Why is this, and how does it impact women’s standing during the COVID-19 pandemic? For years, researchers puzzled over...
Content warning for discussion of suicide For some people with clinical depression, oral antidepressants and talk therapy just don’t work. Those suffering from treatment-resistant depression might find benefit from a nasal spray that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in March. The drug, esketamine (sold under the name Spravato), is a fast-acting version of the anesthetic ketamine. It can be administered to people actively experiencing suicidal thoughts and intentions. And unlike oral antidepressants which can take weeks or even months to take effect, Spravato can work...
E. Jean Carroll is going to be suing President Trump for defamation over the following months. Carroll accused Trump of assaulting her in a Bergdorf Goodman in the ‘90s in June 2019. Following the accusation, Trump called Carroll a liar and said he had never met her—despite there being photographic evidence saying otherwise. Carroll then filed a suit against the president for defamation, according to The New York Times. Trump’s lawyers have been trying to delay Carroll’s suit while an appeals court decides whether or not to...
To no one's surprise, going back to school in person is already not going well. A few of Georgia’s public schools went back to in-person schooling on Monday with no mask requirement, and things are going as well as we all expected. Day two at North Paulding High School. It is just as bad. We were stopped because it was jammed. We are close enough to the point where I got pushed multiple go to second block. This is not ok. Not to mention the 10% mask...
Making decent barbeque chicken isn’t hard, but there is a trick to it. The problem is that when you get a nice crispy outside, the inside of your chicken is still raw. And if you go on grilling until it’s done, well, then the outside will be overcooked—or even burned. Some folks try parboiling the chicken first but who has time for that nonsense? Here’s the way to do it, all on the grill. This method works for any chicken parts, with skin or without...

Remember last week when Trump shook the world and said he was going to ban TikTok? Well, the story continues. Last Friday, Trump—over concerns that the China-based company could be using the app to steal Americans’ information—announced that he would be banning the app through an executive order as soon as the next day, according to The New York Times. Trump has since backed down, pushing the supposed ban date to Sept. 15, according to CNET. Since then, Microsoft has offered to buy the app from the Chinese...
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it will not be taking any new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and that officials will be trying again to close the program, according to Vox. DACA is a program started by President Obama in 2012 which allows immigrants who were brought to the United States as children by guardians to have “deferred” or delayed deportation and apply for work permits. This order protects immigrants whose decision to immigrate was made for them by...

While countries like New Zealand are having farmers markets, frolicking around with Kiwi birds and are basically Covid-19 free, Americans are still debating whether the disease is a conspiracy theory. Considering America has the largest percentage of cases of any country in the world, you would think people wouldn’t be so resistant to wearing something that could help prevent catching a disease and dying. But some people are dumb, like really, really dumb. If you’ve seen any of the countless videos of people throwing tantrums...
The newest STEM star taking the biotechnology industry by storm isn’t some Silicon Valley bro. She’s a Harvard University sophomore named Kavya Kopparapu and she’s literally changing the world. First introduced to the intersection of medicine and technology by a group of women scientists who came to her elementary school in Northern Virginia, Kopparapu was inspired to make her own breakthrough discoveries. “Being a student, you don’t have any stakes,” the 19-year-old says of inventing two precision medicine platforms before she was old enough to...