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CHAUNCEY BILLINGS SENIOR: AUDIENCE TRANSFORMATION

Chauncey Billings Senior is a self-made man; and by all accounts a successful one. In his youth his father always reminded him that theirs was a life of modest means. Chauncey Senior wasn’t at the top of his small public school, but by the time he was in college he had developed an unshakeable self-confidence, and knew he was destined for great things. Two of his fraternity brothers were drawn to his self-assured manner. It was their family connections that landed him his first and second positions out of school, positions that propelled him into his lucrative white-collar career. With…

WHAT ARE THE BEST HALLOWEEN CANDIES?

This is the real reason we dress up like zombies giant bottles of catsup. David Ng and Ben Cohen present a survey to determine your favorites in anticipation of this year’s all-important hierarchical delineation of candy goodness. – – – Ranking candy hierarchy is properly and obviously the subject of natural science research. It is based on experimental proof, rigorous data analysis, and the metric of repeatability. This is so obvious that we’re not sure why we’re even mentioning it. Even so, even so. We’re open-minded guys. So this past year we added in some social science methodology. Gave us…

EPISODE 1: WELCOME TO GRAD SCHOOL

It’s the beginning of a new semester. So what does that mean for grad students? Watch episode one of “The Lab” as Dave, a typical PhD student, tries to find a way to balance his research work with his social life. What is it like explaining your research to friends and family? Share your experience with us on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watchTheLab), Twitter (www.twitter.com/watchTheLab), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/watchTheLab). Cast: Frank R. Bailey IV, Daniela Tempesta, Walt Yao, Jonathan Tan, Jasleen Kaur, Dawn Williamson, Dave Walden, Cara Halseth, Diane Nhan, Tanveer Kahlon, Max Clough, and Phil Dundas. Director of Photography: Jared Cheer Written by:…

SPACE CHATTER: A MEETING OF TWO PROBES

On September 21, 2014, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft entered Mars’ orbit. Two days later, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)—aka Mangalyaan—also began orbiting the Red Planet. Millions of miles from their home planet, the two met for the first time in space and started a kinship uncharacteristic of most probes. – – – MAVEN: What up Manga? MOM: Greetings Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. Actually, my given name is Mangalyaan. MAVEN: Call me MAVEN dude. Sorry Manga, your full name’s a bitch to pronounce. MOM: It is extremely cold in this region, no?…

AND SHE SHOULD

And she should! she should show, should touch… each such an sheet will she? should touch,… shy, sure. Is a very sharp as he is and is and is and is and IS. and will show which will, each touch. each and is, and will you and your much each such each should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should should AND WILL BE HER she should, she should! shut she should should should should should should should should should should should should should should…

CHARACTERIZATION OF KASHA-MEDIATED SUSCEPTIBILITY AND HISTOPATHOLOGICAL HALLMARKS OF EARLY-ONSET CHEWHEIMER’S DISEASE

Don’t forget, this paper is part of a collection of Wookiee scientific reports that will be published in the print edition of the SCQ. More details can be found here. Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics. (2014). Vol 1. pp71-88 pdf download ABSTRACT Since the rise of Force-vector injections (FVIs), the incidence of early-onset CD (eCD) has escalated significantly, with a large impact on quality of life in the wookiee community. However, while a large number of wookiees became afflicted with eCD, a small number remained healthy. This study first aimed to discover any genetic discrepancies between wookiees who developed eCD following…

BUTTERFLIES

(for Julie Bianca Dahl) Surgeons in an airport bus are lions at a zoo. They laze, dimly happy to see you. Tails barely flickering in the stagnant savannah air, Khaki pants sticking to pleather seat cushions, They look up only when you mention meat. Their forearms are clean, but you can smell the blood, See the line of skin roughened from washing. I tell them that I paint the body parts they move. We speak of organs as objects of art, The pinking liver finding itself alive in a new home, The invigorated pancreas, spurting kidneys—oh, joy of piss! Above…

REASONS WHY IT WOULD BE UNFORTUNATE TO NAME YOUR CHILD “EBOLA”

He/she is always picked last in gym. All the dumb predictable jokes, as in: “Look, Ebola has just entered the room…” The constant requests to wash his/her hands. The confusion when prospective employers google his/her name. Always being asked to dress up in HazMat gear at Halloween. When travelling, airport security tends to freak. The awkwardness in cooking class. Family and friends insist that he/she not blow out his/her own birthday candles. Santa would rather not pose with him/her for pictures. That chaos that ensues whenever he/she asks for a bandaid. Because he/she will be misunderstood, bullied and misinterpreted by…