The most prevalent “science related” topics of debate on CNN.com seem to be caused by fairly new technology and social media platforms. For example, under the category labeled “Justice,” the headline story is about the controversial sentence given to Dhuran Ravi. Ravi was convicted of committing a hate crime after he spied on his homosexual roommate with another man and posted a video on Facebook of the two boys kissing. His roommate, in consequence, took his own life. Ravi, who has been on trial since 2010, was facing a sentence of anywhere between 0-10 years. The judge just ruled that Ravi has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. Although this issue does not directly correlate with science, the ethical situation at hand ... More »
This story discusses some of the effects early internet use has on child development. Since the internet is a relatively new thing, scientists have not yet been able to study (in depth ) the plausible side effects the internet may have on development and growth. By the age of 2, 90% of children have 'used' the interent. By the age of 5, 50% of children use the internet/online games on a regular basis. This article introduces a noteworthy issue: heavy media technology has drastically changed the way we operate in our daily lives. This drastic change has taken place over the past decade and a half, and thus, scientists have little knowledge in the area of the possible negative consequences of the abundance/overload of media on human health.
Although this story contains interesting information on neuro-science advancements and discoveries that are potentially groundbreaking, the content-the science-based facts that support the claim- is thin. Both the title of the article, "Depression in Teens Could Be Diagnosed with Blood Test," and the abstract, "A blood test based on 11 genetic markers could make early-onset diagnosis easier and possibly relieve the stigma of depression," immediately grabbed my attention. However, I was disappointed by the vagueness and lack of science-based content within this article. The article delves into the statistics- the high link between adults suffering from depression and their blood samples containing "depression indicating" genetic ... More »