The Impact Of Brexit On Scientific Innovation

Brexit Will Lead To The Death Of Scientific Innovation If Prime Minister May Doesn't Act Soon

The ripple effects of this decision keep coming.

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This past weekend, 29 Nobel Laureates signed a letter to Theresa May (current Prime Minister of the UK) and Jean-Claude-Juncker (President of the European Commission) imploring them to modify the current Brexit situation in order to avoid negatively impacting British and European research.

While science and politics are usually intertwined by a string connecting the everlasting impacts of environmental factors such as climate change to the claims made by savvy politicians about their approaches to such situations, this week's repository of pleas involve the strenuous relationship of Great Britain with the rest of the European Union after a tense breakdown of negotiations during March of 2017, and how this strained partnership has put considerable pressure upon the global scientific community at large.

Sir Paul Nurse, one of the signatories and a Nobel-prize winner for his research on breast cancer, has claimed that the recent shift in the viewpoints of scientists looking to leave the UK following their self-imposed removal from the EU has left a clear message — that the scientific community throughout the European continent should be thoroughly respected as a potential hub for innovative solutions to many of the world's current and future issues, and efforts should, therefore, be facilitated in order to preserve the delicate relationship between British researchers and their brethren throughout the international scientific community.

The lasting impacts of the Brexit campaign have included a financial differential between the amount of grants supplied by the EU to British scientists and the amount given by Great Britain to others, which could ultimately snowball into an approximate $1 billion loss per year for British researchers unless Prime Minister May can secure the UK's position with an associate status working alongside EU scientists. Such a financial backlash could ultimately cause British scientists to lose potential funding for projects that could have ultimately had a significant impact on medical and technical breakthroughs worldwide.

In addition to a probable loss of monetary benefits, another significant blow facilitated by the Brexit situation includes a reduction in the ease of travel for international scientists to and from Great Britain, which could ultimately result in a loss of intellectual convergence of the world's brightest minds simply due to compounding bureaucracy. This uncertainty in continued relations with the UK has prompted approximately 78% of EU scientists to claim (via an internal survey distributed by Francis Crick Institute in London) that they felt less likely to stay in Britain, with 97% of those who responded claiming that a lack of negotiations would have a devastating consequence on the future of science in the UK and worldwide.

As a student of science who has devoted considerable time to studying the works of researchers from a wide variety of international backgrounds, I cannot help but agree with Sir Paul Nurse's assertion that the negative impacts of Brexit to international relations will have far-reaching consequences on the field of scientific research and innovation. The very nature of discovery is centered amongst the meeting of the world's greatest minds in a joint effort to consolidate efforts to cure the world's ailments, including sweeping poverty and famine in a multitude of regions across the globe. A lack of proper relations between nations will ultimately have disastrous ramifications in relation to the progress being made by collaborative scientific research.

For the sake of maintaining a strong sense of unity amongst the global scientific community, Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK must mend relations between themselves and the rest of the EU so as to reduce the damage being wrought amongst British scientists, allowing them to maintain their position as the leaders of worldwide scientific innovation.

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.
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Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.

Sincerely,

A millennial Republican

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The EU's 'Article 13' Might Mark The End Of Fandoms

Content might end up being censored and taken down from the Internet.

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Today is such a dark day for the Internet — Article 13, a set of broad copyright regulations, has been passed in the EU. For those who are not informed, Article 13 is a copyright law that critics say will lead to European Internet users' content being pre-screened for copyright-protected material. This could affect one of the most dedicated groups of internet users: fandoms. Fandoms are groups of fans who share a strong and passionate interest for an anime, a movie, a TV show, a band, or celebrity, etc.

How does Article 13 truly affect fandoms? It destroys the fandoms' ways of expressing their creativity and love. This includes fan art, fan fiction, fan music covers, and even fan blogs on the Internet. All of this content will end up being censored and taken down from the Internet.

Why should we care? Believe it or not, but fandoms aren't just small groups of fans. They involve numerous people! Also, fandoms not only hold an influence on the success of a particular TV show and certain franchises, but also fandoms have helped improve many people's mental health. By mental health, many people have built many friendships and connections due to a common interest, giving people a sense of belonging and a feeling of home. Considering this, it's such a shame that European users who belong to numerous fandoms will no longer be able to have access to fandoms anymore.

As a fan artist, this truly impacts me. Not only do I lose a European audience, but this also destroys my freedom of creativity and my way of self-expression. Fan art has helped me improve my drawing style and in fact, allows me to show my love and support for a fandom. By contributing fan art, not only do I promote myself but I also show my honesty as an artist in the things I love. And I believe every other fan-artist feels the same way!

For those who want to help save fandoms and even help those living in Europe, one thing you can do to help and save fandoms is to spread the word! Let people know the bad things about Article 13 and tell people how Article 13 affects you. Let people know that a future without fandoms is unacceptable.

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