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As featured on Sloto Magazine Spring 2020

There are millions of millennials that are born in a world full of bright screens. They will grow up confident that smartphones, computers, the internet and AI are the standard way of things. The younger generations will have a hard time believing we had to visit libraries to read encyclopedias in order to find out answers about the world, or buy stamps and write handwritten letters to post in the mail.

Technology is advancing at an incredible pace and with such sudden change there are some reasons to be wary of the future. The very foundation of our modern world is at stake, namely: democracy.

It has only recently become apparent that the way democracy works might not be the most fair. Remember a time when women, indigenous people or slaves had no say in the democratic process? The same exclusion is happening today, but with a different kind of population: the unborn.

Changing governments every 4 to 5 years does not inspire politicians to look at the long-term. They mainly focus at the issues here and now. The last 120 years have seen great development but at a great expense. The biosphere has been decimated: forests cut down, oceans contaminated, mountains of trash scattered through the globe. Now, with the climate crisis, we are reaching the very end point of terribly short-sighted policies that focus on profit and endless economic growth in a planet with finite resources.

Who will have to pay the bills of our wrongdoing? Our children, of course! Democracy must reinvent itself so there are policies and laws in place that defend and protect the interest of future generations.

Democracy is also at risk at another front. The internet has permitted our lives to change so quickly and effortlessly, that most people take it for granted that it is an essential tool in our modern world. But it is a double-edged sword. Through social media, corporations and ill-intended governments can harvest endless information about its population. With this information they can target ads in social media that are in fact forms of propaganda.

The case of Brexit is now infamous, where, through careful targeting, pro-Brexit leaders targeted ads, videos and campaign images to millions of people in the U.K; possibly swinging the vote in their favor.

Another big issue is the power of algorithms used today to determine what content you view in social media and online websites. Which film will you watch next is determined by a computer algorithm based on its criteria of what you’ll like to watch. What person you are going to date next can be influenced by the same AI technology fueling most date apps and sites.

If we are not careful, soon this technology will be responsible for every major decision in your life: where to study, where to live, who to marry and whom to vote for.

We are at a crossroads in human history. Historian Noah Harari has stated quite clearly: we are hackable animals. Powerful corporations and governments can manipulate your life with the new technology available.

It is time to question many of the assumptions of our modern life and begin building a safer world for us and future generations!

An innovative tool may be able to detect many types of cancer quickly with just a small drop of blood. Some types like ovarian cancer usually stay undetected until it’s too advanced for treatment to be effective, but researchers from the University of Kansas have developed an ultra-sensitive cancer-detective chip device.

This ground-breaking device is called “3D-nanopatterned microfluidic chip” and it detects cancer by filtering for microscopic vesicles that some eukaryotic cells produce, called exosomes. Exosomes contain biological information that can direct tumor growth and spread effectively, and while all cells produce these vesicles, tumor cells are really active as opposed to normal cells.

It works by draining the liquid when particles are moving closer to the sensor surface with a nonporous structure. Then, the particles get in contact with the surface where probes can recognize and capture the exosomes.

One of the best features of this device is how easy it is to make, as well as being cheap to produce. Soon, millions of patients will be able to test themselves in order to diagnose tumors and cancer prematurely. The 3-D nanoatterning method is also very adaptable, which allows researchers to use it to diagnose many different forms of cancer, as well as other diseases.

With medical innovations like this, we can finally see a brighter future in regard to cancer and many other diseases that can help people around the world have a better life.

How a Small Chip Can Help Detect Cancer

Real effective actions to combat the environmental crisis

As featured on Sloto Magazine

The fact is indisputable; our planet is in trouble. In early 2019, the UN released two condemning reports that surveyed vast amounts of scientific literature to confirm what we already suspected: human actions are affecting the climate and are destroying the biosphere.

The first report, from March this year, says we have 11 years to save the planet, and the second, from May, indicates that one million animal species are threatened with extinction. It is time for us to take action against the impending catastrophe. Here are some simple but effective actions that can contribute to a better world.

  • Stop upgrading your mobile phone too often

    Manufacturing a phone generates 16 kg of emissions, not counting the power it consumes while you use it. Furthermore, the raw materials to make the phone are precious: copper, lead, gold, silver, palladium, as well as glass and plastic. Hold on to your phone as long as you can to save on emissions and extensive consumption of natural resources.

  • Eat locally and less meat, if possible

    Food production takes a huge toll on the environment. From pesticides to transportation of goods, from packaging to food waste, from deforestation for livestock farming to water scarcity due to water use for livestock’s food production (corn, maize, etc.): here we have an industry that needs reformation. The easiest way you can contribute to the optimization of food production is to eat locally. Buy from your local providers and from your region, and also try to cut down on meat. Studies have shown that livestock production is one of the most destructive forces driving climate change. Be part of the change – the positive change!
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