Author Archives: emmaelennon

Move Over, Farmville: The Future of AgTech

During the Vietnam War, US Marines were trained to locate underground enemy tunnels through an ancient method called dowsing, or divining — a highly debated practice in which people use Y- or L-shaped rods (called “divining rods” or “witching rods”) to locate underground water, minerals, or other subterranean objects. The practice dates back to the […]

What the NBA, Mississippi politics, and Facebook Can Teach Us About Machine Learning

In 2016, the Republican Party gained supermajority in the House of Representatives, and with that, the power threshold to pass revenue and tax-related bills — all because of a man named Mark Tullos and a pile of straws. Tullos had originally lost the election to 20-year incumbent and Democrat Bo Eaton after a game of […]

Toxicology, Self-Evolution, and Me in Real Life

Paracelsus, the “father of toxicology,” said, “all things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison.” The adage has been adopted as a caution towards overindulgence in its many forms: from television, to sugar, to caffeine. Perhaps most relevant to today’s society, experts such as health economist […]