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Detroit’s Soulful Plant Based Movement

The inside of Detroit Vegan Soul is decorated in bright colors, Detroit memorabilia, and a sign reading, “Soul Food Made From Whole Foods.”  It radiates positivity and hope – the buzz of conversation not limited to across tables but also between them, giving the feeling that this is a place of community as well as […]

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Biking in Detroit Spins Up

  He takes off like a bat leaving a cave. He flies past the Wayne State Library, weaves around the corner, exits the campus, and cranks his way forward. The blur of safety glasses, gloves, winter jacket, ski mask, and Camaro-red-striped bike-helmet rockets around Merrick Street to Anthony Wayne Drive. JeShawn Chrite, a Detroit native […]

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Water Ways: Michigan’s Journey to Clean Water and Better Infrastructure

The morning was quiet and ordinary as the city of Ann Arbor slowly recovered from the unexpected downpour of the night before. Excess water formed a constant stream to the nearest available storm drains, as well as any cracks and crevices that the pavement offered to hold the influx. Through first examination, nothing seemed amiss […]

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Getting in the Zone: Adderall Misuse on College Campuses

It’s typical on a college campus to see students clutching a large coffee, or dashing into 7/11 to grab a Monster to fuel an all-nighter during finals. However, growing groups of students are searching for a more powerful stimulant: the prescription drug Adderall. Brad Meyers*, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Michigan, has been […]

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Future of Subsidized Housing Inspections in Question after Trump Reduces Funding to HUD

Dinner was on the stove. Exhausted from working a full day at Chariot Transport, Felicia Fennell, went to change into some comfortable clothing. She headed back to the kitchen, and spotted a mouse scurrying along the wall. In a panic, she tried to smack it with a broom, but the mouse had found its hiding […]

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The Responsibility Healthcare Specialists have in Changing the Narrative of Opioid use in Michigan Hospital Settings

Andrew Willard, father of three, never thought a minor surgery with a written prescription from a reputable doctor would have such a major impact on his life. The consequences of over prescription can affect any individual, including educated healthcare professionals. The United States makes up only 4% of the world population, but prescribes 80% of […]

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Defunding of EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory May Have Lasting Implications

Less than 50 miles from the “Motor City” is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, where over 400 scientists perform gold-standard research and testing to develop and enforce policies that minimize dangers of vehicle-based pollutants on people and the environment. The lab was established in 1970 in response to an […]

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Faith: Empowering and Uniting to Fight Health Disparities

Lines are painted, soccer nets are set, and kids convene on the dewy grass of Pingree Park in Southeast Detroit. One comes with fingers wrapped around his grandfather’s hand, nervous for his game. Six come out of a mini-van giggling, while their mom juggles the newly adopted infant, water bottles, and lawn chairs. As diverse […]

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The Next Generation Science Standards: The Effort to Unite a Polarized Nation through Science

In the last few minutes of class, Ronni Marron’s tenth-grade Earth Science class is quiet. Only the sounds of shuffling papers, the faint scribble of pencils, and the clicking of computers– signaling the students’ progress through an ice core lab fill the room. The classroom however, wasn’t always so quiet. At the top of the […]

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CRISPR gene-engineering could terminate muscular dystrophy

Ben Dupree, a 24-year-old graduate from Southern Methodist University of Texas, rolled his wheelchair in a laboratory at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and peered with wide eyes at something that has the possibility of saving his life. He saw the correction of a mutation in a picture of his own cells, that […]

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