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    Othello

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    I am voicing Desdemona. I learned that hearing the words in your head and out loud make understanding the reading much easier because it comes to life that way, instead of just being words

    Othello Recording

    https://www.youthvoices.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Othello-1.m4a Othello 1.3.208-218 I am voicing Desdemona. I learned that hearing the words in your head and out loud make understanding the reading much easier because it comes to life that way, instead of just being words on a page. I learned...

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    Desdemona

    1.3.208-218

    Rewrite:

    My good father,

    I know there is a dilemma here

    I must be faithful to you for life

    You have given me life and education.

    How to respect you,

    I am your daughter, but he is my

    Othello Close Read

    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 Rewrite: My good father, I know there is a dilemma here I must be faithful to you for life You have given me life and education. How to respect you, I am your daughter, but he is my husband And like mom was faithful to you Putting...

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    NASA’s budget is supposed to rise to $19.5 billion in 2019, which may seem like an absurd amount of money, but that is only 0.5% of the federal budget (Amadeo). The budget is increasing because every $1 spent on N

    Points of View on Climate Change and NASA

    NASA’s budget is supposed to rise to $19.5 billion in 2019, which may seem like an absurd amount of money, but that is only 0.5% of the federal budget (Amadeo). The budget is increasing because every $1 spent on...

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    Hi Kira! Your post is very interesting because I am passionate about saving our earth and the species that inhabit it. I am pleased to see the long list of organizations trying to combat mass extinction, but do you believe they will succeed? Can humanity change or reverse the damage we’ve done? It is alarming to realize that the cause of the next…Read More

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    Mary commented on the post, Cats Can Be Shockingly Smart

    Hi Brandon, your post was very entertaining to read! I can really see how much you love your cat and I admire that. I believe that domesticated pets do have emotions towards their human owners which is astounding because there must be a similarity in humans’ and pets’ brains. This reminds me of the dog in Japan who waited for his owner at a train…Read More

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    Mary commented on the post, Why I'm funny as hell

    Cesar,
    I really enjoyed your poem! Even your poem exuded positive energy and humor, and I could completely see and feel that amusing quality in your writing. I loved how you added the jokes and examples of when you make people laugh. It made your poem personal and entertaining to read. Great post, I hope to see more from you!

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    Because the sun is expanding, the distance between the sun and earth is decreasing, so earth is moving away from the habitable zone. Rene Heller, a member of the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program, writes,

    Is Earth's Fate Decided?

    Because the sun is expanding, the distance between the sun and earth is decreasing, so earth is moving away from the habitable zone. Rene Heller, a member of the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program, writes, “It seems reasonable to say...

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    • Nice job on the post Mary!

      I would like to point out it would take millions, perhaps billions, of years for the sun to expand to a size that will begin to affect the goldilock’s zone of the solar system. Also another key phenomenon related to star expansion is when mid sized stars (our Sun) expand they cool off, so maybe earth would be unaffected. Needless to say you did introduce to me some really interesting ideas, especially temporary relocation, on how to save humanity. In the end I somwhat agree with Mr. Berezow. Worrying about finding another habitable planet is something for the far future, right now we need to focus are the issues like climate and poverty that are affecting people today.

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    Mary commented on the post, Shark Finning

    Abby,
    Your article shocked me. I can’t believe shark finning is ongoing around our world, as I would’ve thought it would be outlawed long ago. Last year in biology, I learned about the significance of prosperous food webs in different ecosystems, such as the ocean. Sharks are considered an apex predator, or the top predator in its ecosystem. Their…Read More

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    As of 2011, NASA’s Kepler mission spent $600 million on its launch and has since discovered 54 potentially habitable planets (editor). Of those 54, no water has been found yet, but William Borucki of NASA’s Ame

    Why Should We Find Another Habitable Planet?

    As of 2011, NASA’s Kepler mission spent $600 million on its launch and has since discovered 54 potentially habitable planets (editor). Of those 54, no water has been found yet, but William Borucki of NASA’s Ames Research Center says,...

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    • Dear Mary,
      You did an excellent job of presenting both sides to the argument that your going to take on! It’s nice to hear both sides of an argument explained so well. I looked into this topic myself and found another great website that presents another side your argument: https://www.forbes.com/sites/modeledbehavior/2017/05/06/sorry-nerds-but-colonizing-other-planets-is-not-a-good-plan/#688cb3c651e6. While I am a fan of space exploration and the search of finding new, habitable planets, your essay gave me a lot of insight as to why we should focus our resources on trying to save the planet we were given in the first place.
      Good luck with your paper!
      -Tony

    • Hi Mary! Your post elaborated both points of views with concrete arguments supporting your claims. Please use this https://www.nasa.gov/50th/50th_magazine/benefits.html as another resource, they have lot of information that can help you.
      Your post rose many questions of how we should try to help and save this world we have.

    • Hello Mary, I think your post is a great idea. The thought of humans leaving earth and colonizing new planets would be interesting. But how will we be able to take care of our new home if we are leaving our original one because we ruined it? Will this disrupt our adaptation to the problems we make? Will we be able to survive the competition that we put forth against each other for the planets resources? How will we qualify who can go on this voyage and how would one control another society so far away? Are we taking the whole human population on the voyage or can those who wish to stay be left behind? I don’t expect these questions to be answered but I do love to break down every idea down to the last detail.
      From this link, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-begin-colonizing-other-planets-who-should-be-in-charge-180962331/, it says “Mars’ harsh climate and high UV radiation would kill off many of the microbes we may accidentally bring from Earth.” It really got me thinking about how colonists from the european countries had brought over their diseases to the new world. What would happen if our microbes didn’t die off as soon as we started living on another planet? We would have to think about how our presence would disrupt a perfectly functioning planet? Also, the website stated that “If there were life on the Moon, we would have it here now.” Not only would we have to think about containing our own lives, we would have to think about containing other life forms from interfering in where we travel. From this link, https://qz.com/907211/should-we-live-on-mars-nasa-astronaut-ron-garan-believes-we-should-focus-on-fixing-problems-on-earth-instead-of-martian-colonization/, it said “if we can’t even “terraform”—which is to control our climate and environment—our own planet, what makes us think that we can go to another planet and control the environment there?” If we cannot control the bad things happening on our planet, will that teach us to run from planet to planet without fixing the messes humans made? I am really excited to see how your paper turns out, this was an interesting topic to comment on. Bye.

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    Mary commented on the post, In The Past

    Hi Janasia, this essay was fascinating because it got me thinking about our police system in America, with all the police brutality news in the media and the black lives matter movement. It shows that maybe our police training is insufficient and they need more education and that sometimes they’re prejudices get the best of them. I was confused at…Read More

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    Mary commented on the post, In 20 Years

    Hi Eduardo! I loved reading this because it is inspiring when people are ambitious and have high dreams that they believe they can achieve. I always find it fascinating when people love a sport so much they could do it for the rest of their lives. At the end you wrote, “peace will never settle because stereotypes will always be around” and this…Read More

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    Mary commented on the post, Mental Health Stigma

    Hi Cicely! I loved your post because I think this is a perfect first step to treating mental illness and lowering the numbers. It is sad because my school’s administration will not let us talk about the kids in my class who have died from mental illnesses because supposedly it glorifies the illness. I believe the contrary that if we talk about…Read More

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    Due to the exponential growth of the human population, more natural resources are required. But, while the population continues to grow, the supply of natural resources is only decreasing because no more of them

    ARE 1

    Due to the exponential growth of the human population, more natural resources are required. But, while the population continues to grow, the supply of natural resources is only decreasing because no more of them are being made. So, what...

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    Mary commented on the post, Is Love A Lost Art?

    Hi Chanburak, my class read 1984 earlier this year so this post was very insightful because I hadn’t thought about Orwell’s opinion of love. I was a little confused on your argument at the beginning because there were a lot of unexplained quotes that made it sound like a summary. But the end was very good where it begins with, “Symbolism appears…Read More

  • Hi Gigi, I enjoyed reading this because it can help me when I research topics, in fact, I have to research career options for a paper soon, and this will definitely come in handy. I am glad you realized that a first draft does not have to pretty or all cohesive. Indeed it is only the start where the ideas can be splattered because you are still…Read More

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    Mary commented on the post, A Small Village

    Hi Adam, I really enjoyed your post because it got me thinking about my family history and the objects I consider important in my house. The dinners you mentioned reminded me of my family get togethers every month to celebrate birthdays. The picture reminded me of glasses from Germany in the cupboard at my house that my parents bought when they…Read More

  • Niki, this topic is very saddening and concerning to me. We cannot let the air quality continue to worsen if we expect future generations to have the same quality of life as us. It is hard though because the geography of Salt Lake City makes the inversion almost inevitable if there is any pollution. I like how you gave side effects of breathing…Read More

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    According to Forbes, America is ranked 18th in the developed world for its recycling rates. Because of its large population, it is generating more trash than many European countries even before taking into account

    Lack of Recycling in America

    According to Forbes, America is ranked 18th in the developed world for its recycling rates. Because of its large population, it is generating more trash than many European countries even before taking into account its lower ranking. While 85...

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    • This is very interesting Mary. I agree with you that recycling is an important issue that needs to be addressed in america. We don’t do a good job because there is not enough of an emphasis on it. Without recycling we will also run out of oils according to this article.There are a lot of issues with recycling that need to be addressed.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2873020/

  • Hi Diana, I am glad you chose depression as the topic because one of the first steps to helping solve the problem is by diagnosing and talking about it. In order to diagnose a disease, you must be aware of the symptoms. Mental health is less-talked about than physical health, so the symptoms are not as noticeable. Your question intrigued me, “How…Read More

  • Hi Zoe! your post was very informational and interesting to me because it taught me a lot about the opioid epidemic. I never knew how big of a role Fentanyl played in addiction. Your point about prescription drugs being easily accessible was relatable because I had plenty of extra pills left over from my surgery that would be dangerous if I or…Read More

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    Economist, Tyler Cowen, and author of Complacent Class says that people in America are complacent because of the increase in self-segregation, a tendency to move toward communities similar to you regarding topics

    Why is America becoming more complacent?

    Economist, Tyler Cowen, and author of Complacent Class says that people in America are complacent because of the increase in self-segregation, a tendency to move toward communities similar to you regarding topics such as politics, socio-economic status, and religion....

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    • Hi Mary! I find this topic fascinating, yet terrifying, so I was glad to see you write about this. I think a lot of people partake in this “self-segregation” without even realizing it because they are afraid or being challenged, even though that’s what leads to growth. This is the reason why people can hardly even have a discussion without it turning into a wordy fight, as we often see in political discussions. I also liked how you brought in the idea that if a problem isn’t affecting a group directly, they won’t do anything to take action against the unjust activity. It is frustratingly true, and I could list a hundred issues that could be solved if people could just listen, discuss civilly, work together and think about what they would want if they were in this situation.

      Check out this podcast on the issue:
      https://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=517915510:518087629

      Thanks for sharing!!

  • Breyner, your article fascinates me because I had no idea how bad the poverty rates are in California, and more specifically, the Bay Area. The number of latinos and immigrants in the Bay Area is shocking. I liked your comment on how the poverty rate is hurting the education system. The kids born into poverty will likely have a lesser education…Read More

  • Casey, I agree with you that more desperate measures should be taken to help stop mass shootings. I prefer to be more optimistic and believe that if gun control laws were stricter then the number of shootings would decrease significantly. It is sad to think that mass shootings are now part of the American culture. I think this article with…Read More

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    What is Your Favorite Word? Why?

    My favorite word is laughter. Ever since I was little, people have described me as a person who is always laughing. When people hear the word laugh, they may think of being made

    Laughter is Beautiful

    What is Your Favorite Word? Why? My favorite word is laughter. Ever since I was little, people have described me as a person who is always laughing. When people hear the word laugh, they may think of being made fun...

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    • Dear Mary :
      I am excited by your post, “Laughter is Beautiful,” because you are not bothered about how people will view you exactly on how you laugh because laughing makes you the happiest.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “When I laugh, I am enjoying life and picking the good things and emphasizing them over the bad. Laughter allows me to express myself.” I think this is inspiring because you might motivate others that are afraid to laugh around people feel like they are free to laugh anywhere they want.
      Another sentence that I liked was: “It will make me laugh. I believe in Audrey Hepburn’s quote, “A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear,” because it is beautiful to watch someone enjoy life.” This stood out for me because it really feels great to see other people be happy instead of seeing them look sad.
      Have you seen this article? Psychology Today: Laughter I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about laughter might be the happiest people on earth because they always have the best moment.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because sometimes later on I might want to hear from you and see if you have inspired other people.

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    Hi Lexi! I appreciated your honesty about admitting to not having a turning point in life yet, because that is a pressure people place on you when you begin writing your college essays. It is amazing that you have stayed so positive about moving multiple times, I know that would be hard for me. I would love to hear about your siblings and how they…Read More

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    Anthony, this article grabbed my attention from the title because I had no idea coffee was linked to acne. I have always only heard the positive effects of coffee. I liked how you incorporated into the article quotes of people who helped answer your question. You also gave both sides to the argument by providing positive and negative effects of…Read More

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    Also known as is CRISPR-Cas9, the acronym for ”Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats” and the active enzyme Cas9. It is a sequence of genes that are a bacterial defense system, which are use

    CRISPR- The Future of Genetic Modification

    Also known as is CRISPR-Cas9, the acronym for ”Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats” and the active enzyme Cas9. It is a sequence of genes that are a bacterial defense system, which are used in the gene modification technology....

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  • Hello Jackalyn. American culture definitely has some values that are desired such as punctuality and hygiene that you mentioned. But, I think the negative aspects of our culture are highlighted and overshadow the positives. For example, mass shootings are becoming prominent in the recent years, but are by no means something that should be…Read More

  • Hi Darrtell! I completely agree that we need to take action to improve the oceans’ cleanliness and prevention for further contamination. This can be related to recycling because this lessens the amount of trash produced. I think this article will be useful in your research, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/10-ways-reduce-plastic-pollution because it…Read More

  • Hi Thaarini! I am interested in genetic engineering sand cannot wait to see what you research further. I suggest you research Crispr, a tool used for genetic modification that is increasing in popularity, but many ethical concerns still exist about it.…Read More

  • I am interested in your research topic because two students in my class have committed suicide in high school. I liked your quote, “depression education can be effective suicide prevention” and I think you should do more research on how that is benefited suicide rates. Prevention before treatment is more useful. Try this article,…Read More

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    Hello Sejal! I agree with your thesis of laughter being the best medicine because it always makes life better. I am an advocate for not taking things too seriously because in the end it does not help your cause. Your quote, “They do whatever it takes to raise their spirits” makes me very happy and want to meet your family.

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    Hi Beth!! I have two younger siblings and am the oldest child and I found many connections between this article and my life. My younger sister id definitely the most adventurous of our family, but she also strives to be like me. It is quite possible I have never related to something more than the quote, “Children born second have the advantage of…Read More

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    NASA has found multiple potentially habitable planets to humans in the universe, but more research is necessary to determine if any of them fit all requirements. The potential planets are all within the habitable

    Is there Another Habitable Planet in the Universe?

    NASA has found multiple potentially habitable planets to humans in the universe, but more research is necessary to determine if any of them fit all requirements. The potential planets are all within the habitable zone of the star they...

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    • Dear Mary,
      I am interested in your post because the concept of habitable planets within the observable universe can possibly support the idea of extraterrestrial life. Also, the discovery of habitable planets can result in interstellar travel and these planets can act as plan B in case humans destroy our own home planet. However, the flaw in this idea is that these planets can be light years away and humans cannot live long enough to actually reach these planets. One thing you said that stands out for me is “The potential planets are all within the habitable zone of the star they revolve around, where the planet is not too far nor too close to their star, so the temperature range is close to that of earth’s”. I think that this is interesting because it challenges the idea that humans need exact conditions like Earth in order to survive. My theory is that humans have adapted to Earth’s conditions and if we were to be exposed to something different over a long period of time, we’ll eventually adapt and life will continue to exist.

    • Dear Mary, I am interested in your post because I love the topic about the planet and I really enjoy learning new topics on the universe and it’s amazing that there is another planet in the universe that has the same habitat like ours. Scientists have been saying how there is another planet out there yet to be discovered. One thing that stands out to me is: “Perhaps the most crucial element to sustaining lie is water.” Did you mean sustaining life is water? Anyways, since water is very limited it is very difficult to find, there is barely any water on this earth and finding more on other planets seems very difficult. I also like how you added a reliable source aka NASA it shows that you did your research. I found this post to be very interesting.
      Regards, Amanpreet Dhillon

    • Greetings Mary! Your post is very interesting and it does get me thinking about how we could utilize ways to colonize planets with ease, as well as the thought of extraterrestrial life. This idea would also bring the thought of interstellar travel. Despite not having very many facts to support the post, your post and writing do show a lot of promise for good writing in the future, I’ll keep checking back on your posts, nicely done

    • Dear Mary,
      Your post intrigued me with the topic of other habitable planets. Any topic that regards the future of space exploration and immigration always excites me. You gave excellent facts for to possibility of possible planets humans could live on in the near future.
      One thing that you mentioned that caught my attention was, “The four gas giant planets are also believed to have large quantities of water.”, I have never once heard of that fact but it is interesting. Your post has informed me of many things I had yet to learn about the future us humans have on other planets.
      Regards,
      Emily

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