Gabriella Saracino

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Occupation: Student, Santa Clara University
Expertise: Marketing, Communication
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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.9

This article presented a very controversial issue regarding oil cleanup workers becoming ill from exposure to toxins. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science, since exposure to such toxic materials without adequate protection would have serious consequences. The workers were not provided with proper protection to be among the toxic material. Interviewing techniques which may have influenced the author's ability to convey the science accurately include the selection ... More »

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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
4.0

Overall, I found this story to be very engaging and well-written. This article does not challenge my beliefs about science; rather, it accurately portrays a current event in an informative manner. The writer used a lot of descriptive similes in the article which made the text "come to life." The descriptiveness allowed me to form clear images in my head of the oil spill and its effects on the environment. Ethical issues which may have arisen would be the decision to include a ... More »

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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.4

The story presented a picture to the audience of underwater sea life. The article did not challenge my beliefs about science, since I am aware that there is much we do not know about the deep sea. This article, though interesting, was not very newsworthy, since most people realize that much remains unknown about deep sea life. I do not think ethical issues could have arisen from writing this story. The author explained the science concept of how the sea negatively affects ... More »

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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.8

The story presented interesting information about how hurricanes can damage offshore pipelines and what scientists are doing to prevent this from happening. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science, since our weather and climate have shown to have disastrous effects on our infrastructure. The writer made the article engaging by describing how scientists are attempting to correct the problem. The author also described specifically how hurricanes affect the pipes in a ... More »

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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.3

This story presented an interesting evaluation of current college students' expressions of empathy. The article did not challenge my beliefs about science, since from my own experience interacting with others my age, I would concur with the results of the survey. The writer made the news engaging by presenting relevant statistical information and giving reasons for why today's college students are not as empathetic as college students from previous generations. An ethical issue ... More »

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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.9

I found this article to be very interesting, since I have pondered the relationship of between the Jewish race and religion for a long time. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science- it presents very interesting genetic research information. The author made the article engaging by describing the history of how Jewish people are descendants of a Mesopotamian community. Ethical issues which may have arisen would be inaccurately portraying the significance of the ... More »

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Gabriella reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
2.8

I thought this article was a bit confusing. The author went back and forth from different perspectives, saying that the islands are not sinking, but there is a chance they will be inhabitable in the future. The structure of the article was not very concise. It did not challenge my beliefs about science and I found it interesting that coral debris was the reason for the growth of the islands. I could not see a possibility of ethical issues arising from reporting the story. The ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 28, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.6

The author discusses the controversy surrounding PG&E's SmartMeters, which were overcharging its customers. SmartMeters were intended to calculate energy usage efficiently, but PG&E customers were receiving inaccurate utility bills in the mail. This article does not challenge my beliefs about science because it is common for new technological tools to not perform as expected. This came at quite a high cost for PG&E, as they now have to regain the trust of their many consumers. ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 28, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 27, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.9

This article clearly describes two opposing views of Obama's plan to open American coastlines for purposes of oil drilling. Though the article was not very complex, it described a relevant issue in an informative and interesting manner. The author alternated between opposing perspectives throughout the article and kept the reader interested. The article generally supports my beliefs about the scientific matter at hand, as I believe Obama's decision will have beneficial long-term ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 27, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.8

The article described a lawsuit over genetic testing done on Havasupai Indians. The tribe says that the testing was used in ways they weren't consulted about. Proposed solution would be to better apply informed consent practices and to establish ethical guidelines for the studies. The studies were supposed to focus on finding clues to Type 2 diabetes, but the DNA was studied for other purposes as well, which made the tribe feel betrayed. The article stressed the importance of ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.5

This article discusses the very relevant occurrence of an Icelandic volcano eruption. This eruption has affected lives of people all over the world, as it has disrupted air travel in Europe for several days. The writers attempted to make a vague issue (how long the eruption would last, length of impact on air travel) concise and informative. The authors cited several experts, including scientists in Iceland and England, who are people living in the center of the issue. This added ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.2

This article presents an issue which involves the public- it describes the Gardasil television advertisement in detail. The article subtely mocks the advertisement by pointing out that it portrays an unrealistic situation for young women. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science because it is not surprising that the manufacturer of the vaccine uses these techniques to make women feel empowered and thus more likely to choose to receive the vaccine. The writer made ... More »

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NT Rating: 3.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.9

This article describes the downsides of the Gardasil vaccine, citing how the vaccine may inspire radical changes in health policy, raise moral controversies, and detract from abstinence messages. The author also points out that the vaccine comes at a high monetary cost- and many of the world's poorest women cannot afford to receive it. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science because it is common for ethical issues to arise from the development of a new treatment- ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.4

This article highlights the ethical issue of a parent sneaking medication in his son's food to treat his son's obsessive-compulsive disorder. His son refuses to take the medication even though it is the best solution to treat his disorder. His son is only 12, and there is a fine line between child abuse and intervening to help the effects of the disorder. The author describes both perspectives of the issue. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science because it is ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.0

I found this article through the Science blog site Universe Today. The article presents a controversial issue about an advertisement sponsored by Merck, the manufacturer of the Gardasil vaccine. The article talks about how the advertisement is misleading because it represents an unrealistic situation- a woman who receives regular pap smears finds out she has cervical cancer. Regular pap smears, in reality, would most likely find abnormal cells and be able to treat the condition ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
4.0

This article included a video that talked about activists who claim that autism can be triggered by vaccines given to young children. The government does not inform the public about the risks of the vaccines and is still encouraging the public to vaccinate their children. The video provides opinons from mothers with autistic children as well as medical professionals. The controversial mercury preservative was removed (people believed it was that specific part of the vaccine which ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.5

This article discusses how a woman in New Mexico filed a lawsuit over the Gardasil vaccine, saying it caused her daughter to develop a seizure disorder. This is an extremely controversial issue, especially since so many people are considering receiving the vaccine. Since its release in 2006, there have been no confirmed associations of adverse affects with the vaccine, but there have been vague associations (even death) which have not been confirmed to be related to the vaccine. ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 26, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 22, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.2

In this article, the author talks about NASA's test of a launch-abort system which is intended to remove astronauts from harm if there is a problem during orbit. The article does not challenge my expectations about science, since this is a new technology which has been developed to improve the safety of astronauts. New technological improvements are constantly being made, and this appears to be a successful execution of the launch-abort system. The author made the article engaging ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 8, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
4.2

The article discusses how researchers have made discoveries regarding the wolly mammoth's hemoglobin and how it was able to adapt from a tropical environment to an arctic environment. The article raises interesting issues about how the mammoths began to exhibit certain features which would make it easier for it to survive in such a drastically different environment. The article does not challenge by expectations about science since we are constantly discovering new things about the ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 8, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.8

The author describes how a bioengineer has been able to decode his DNA with a machine he invented at a relatively low cost. The purpose of his exploration was to discover his risk for certain diseases. The article does not challenge my beliefs about science because as time passes, new technologies are developed and people are thus able to find more and more about their genetic information. This discovery could theoretically allow more people to search their own DNA for connects to ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 7, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 7, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 7, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
4.1

The author describes a very interesting avenue in the area of anthropology. I find anthropology to be extremely interesting and I believe people should educate themselves about the history of humankind. The article did not challenge my beliefs about science, as I am a firm believer in evolution. I am very interested in the migration process of the first humans out of Africa and around the globe, and this article makes a very interesting connection between Neanderthals and early ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 7, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - May 3, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Apr 24, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Apr 23, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.2

The author discusses how hallucinogens can possibly be a remedy for depression and other mental problems. A doctor participated in a study at Johns Hopkins medical school in which subjects used psilocybin. This article challenges my beliefs about science because I am skeptical of treating depression with hallucinogens. It does not seem to be an ideal or long-term way to handle one's mental problems. Being on hallucinogens prevents people from functioning and doing day to day ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Apr 19, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Apr 11, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2010
Gabriella's Rating
3.7

The article gave an interesting perspective from the automaker's point of view. Even though the new emissions rules may be more expensive for automakers, they now recognize the importance of using green technology to reduce vehicles' carbon footprint. Though lawsuits against California's rule were filed in the past, automakers are realizing that their greatest potential lies in making as many green developments as possible. This green technology has several implications for the ... More »

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Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2010
Gabriella posted and reviewed this story - Mar 31, 2010
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