Supporting fair-trade products helps workers

Anyone can help workers in developing nations get living wages simply by paying a few dollars more for some products. Many industries outsource labor to Third World countries because people in these countries are willing to work for significantly less than their  developed  world counterparts. Sometimes these developing Third World workers are exploited and even […]

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Brands refuse animal testing

Makeup and skincare are important parts of many people’s everyday routines. What many people may fail to realize, however, is how his or her use of these products can negatively affect the environment. Cruelty-free brands differ from conventional health and beauty companies in that they do not test their products on animals at any point […]

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Using earbuds increases risk of hearing loss

Before cranking up the volume in one’s earbuds people should consider the fact that if  sound exceeds 85 decibels, ear damage can become a serious risk. If music from earbuds that are in someone’s ear is audible to an outside listener, the volume is probably too high. Dr. Bruce Prins, biology program director and professor […]

Paper books take spotlight back from e-books

Opening a book versus opening a program. Flipping a page versus scrolling up and down. The differences between books and e-books are well-known, but reading paper books can benefit readers more than e-books. Cody Eves, sophomore industrial and systems engineering major,  said he noticed the link between memory and reading print books. “You can memorize […]

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Media consumption affects how people speak

The types of to which music one listens and the movies  or shows one watches can affect people in ways they not expect. However, avoiding media with foul language may not be beneficial to those who do not wish to have that habit. Psychology has showed the profound effects media exposure has on behavior, especially […]

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Glasses lessen blue light exposure

Lenses filter blue light to help reduce strain on eyes If staring at blue light emitting computer and phone screens makes a student’s eyes feel strained, then blue light-blocking glasses may be the solution. These devices filter out a little over half of the blue light eyes would otherwise take in. In addition to preventing […]

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Is caffeine dependency real?

Caffeine is an essential element for many people of today’s culture. With chains such as Starbucks or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on street corners around the world, society’s coffee obsession is inescapable. However, this fixation poses an interesting question: Are people consuming caffeine at a rate, which is causing them to become addicted? […]

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Does music affect my mood?

Music is known for conveying relatable emotions but it is also believed to have the ability to influence a listener’s mood or feelings. Whether it is a search for the perfect breakup song or blasting a motivational workout playlist, music is known for its reliability in every mood. Ramah Shirey, worship arts ministry and theater […]

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Universal Basic Income suggests possible solutions

Stockton, a city only six hours from Riverside, will soon be experimenting with universal basic income. UBI is a program designed to give a fixed amount of money to citizens regularly regardless of his or her involvement in the workforce, with no strings attached. Michael Tubbs, the mayor of Stockton, is planning to start a […]