Georgia State Magazine

Winter 2015

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China’s Smoking Dilemma

SHANGHAI, China — As the bullet train approaches the station, slowing for one of its stops on the nearly six-hour journey from Wuhan to Shanghai, the men wait and seem to hold their breaths. These passengers have drawn cigarettes from their packs. One man has even put one to his lips. But he doesn’t light it.…

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What began as an intellectual disagreement between two Georgia State astronomers in their department’s hallway has snowballed into one of the biggest questions of all: What is our universe made of? Todd Henry and Rachel Kuzio de Naray can agree that as much as 90 percent of the cosmos is dark matter — the part…

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Helping Home

As Hanan Waite lay in a hospital bed at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital after the premature birth of her son, Ramzi, her thoughts were flooded by what could have been. Waite suffered from complications during her pregnancy, and Ramzi was born two and a half months premature. If she would have delivered in her native Ghana, Waite doubts…

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The Undersea Pied Piper

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, it’s impossible to calculate how many fish were killed by the 2010 BP Horizon oil spill. What is known is the pollution has particularly threatened species such as the endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna. The Gulf of Mexico is an important spawning ground for the fish. Imagine if shortly after…

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Health Share

Satvinder “Pearly” Dhingra sees a world where everybody can be a “citizen scientist.” Dhingra, a former health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention turned entrepreneur, envisions a future where cellphones, smart watches, fitness trackers and other devices will connect with networks of scientists and lay people to allow researchers to make huge…

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Sultans of Seduction

The sheikh holds a really important position in the history of mass-market romance novels. E.M. Hull’s 1919 novel “The Sheik” is one of the early inspirations. Hull’s novel was made even more famous by the 1921 silent film starring Rudolph Valentino. “The Sheik” is a classic “bodice ripper” type of romance novel, which means that the sheikh-hero was an alpha male character who essentially forced himself on the heroine.

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