Until the Robin Rises Once More

This is not an article. It has little to do with literal robins, more with figurative ones. The robin I am discussing is, of course, PCMS Sidekick. Get it? Because––because we're called "Sidekick" and Robin is Batman's sidekick and––and I've been wanting to use that joke ever since––since I wrote my first article––and I–– But…

Irish Wars: Return of the Cranes

In medieval times, the giant crane was kept as a pet in Ireland and a part of its folklore. But some three hundred years ago, a combination of artificial landscaping, the hunt for protein, and a sharp incline in natural predators culminated in their disappearance, and the only cranes that could be found in breeding…

Britain Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

If you own a pet––be it a dog, a cat, a fish, a hamster, a snake, a nanoarchaeum equitans––you know that they are aware of feelings and sensations like you are. Unfortunately, as of November 2019, only 32 of 195 countries recognize non-human sentience, and that's a problem. The good news? About two weeks ago,…

The Nostalgic End of Those Little Plastic Bottles of Shampoo and Conditioning in Hotels

If you've been to a hotel, you knew exactly what I was talking about when you read that title. I don't know if it's just me, but whenever I stay at a hotel, I am transfixed by those plastic bottles. They're just so small and elegant, an artistic masterpiece of human ingenuity. I think their…

“Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees,” They Said

If you've never heard your parents tell you that "money doesn't grow on trees," you largely missed out on what constitutes the core of the American experience as a child. But I'm sure most of you have, and that's nothing to be ashamed of. Homo sapiens is a species that loves to nag. What's more,…

Diversity at the Oscars, 2021

The 93rd Academy Awards took place on the 25th of April, and it graced the stage once again as a vehicle of heterogeneity. Last year, the Academy surprised us all when Parasite, a South Korean movie directed by Bong Joon-Ho, won Best Picture (among three other awards). Much to general approval, they pulled a similar…

Mad Medicine Makes Malaria Malfunction

You don't need a medical degree to know that malaria is unpleasant––in fact, it's often lethal. It's classified today as "very rare" in the United States (fewer than 20,000 cases a year), but it remains a problem for much of the world. Fortunately, we have some good news on that front. Scientists from the University…

Keeping an Eye on the Ocean

The British government recently decided to fund the largest ocean monitoring system in the world. The project will be run by the Blue Belt program, covering approximately four million square kilometers of ocean space. Its plan is to install underwater camera rigs to keep a close eye on marine life in its overseas territories. This…