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Relief, Finally.

Hurricane Katrina hit August 29, 2005, devastating the lives of thousands in its path. In the months following the storm, the area saw an influx of committed volunteers and a considerable amount of support. Only three years later, however, the country has almost forgotten.

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Freeform Radio

There’s just something great about radio. You’re in the car and you hear that song you loved listening to in high school, stoned in your best friend’s basement. You’re cooking dinner and you hear a story that is so bizarre, you stop and listen and let the pasta water boil over and scald your hands. The jokes are funny or corny. Static fades in and out. The music is loud and drives your parents insane. Whatever it is you love about radio, it’s always there. Live, broadcasting. On air.

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Copyrighting Our Genetic Code

We hear about it in the news: innovative scientific research shows X causes Y, which means that a new treatment has been found for Z disease. But what happens when, somewhere between the research and the new beneficial medication, something gets in the way?

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Blackout in a Can

Whether or not we’ve tried it, every college student has heard of the phenomenon that is Four Loko. Four Loko is a caffeinated, alcoholic energy drink that comes in flavors ranging from Blue Raspberry to Orange Blend. The drink is sold in a large can and boasts an average alcohol content of 12.5%, but this can vary slightly by state. Lately, there has been much controversy over the drink because the mixture of caffeine and alcohol can be dangerous to its users, allowing them to drink for longer periods of time without getting tired. Yet the crazy stories of the college students who’ve tried the stuff show no sign of slowing this loko phenomenon down.

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