Even Play-Doh fingerprints can fool your iPhone.

Joseph D. Leckenby

Phil Schiller, a member of Apple’s executive team, unveils the Face ID feature at the company’s 2017 keynote event. Photo.

When unlocking a cell phone these days, one does not need a password: Facial recognition or a fingerprint scan suffices. Called biometric data and used by millions of Americans every day, this nascent form of personal data uses physical or behavioral characteristics unique to each individual to grant users system access. Statista found that “over 75 percent of U.S. consumers have used some sort of biometric technology,” and even “IT…


If we wish to keep up with challenges in Iran, Afghanistan, and China, our foreign funding must be re-examined.

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Sam Abodo is from New York City and is the President of The Triple Helix. He is a sophomore studying International Relations with a minor in cybersecurity. His interests lie in foreign intervention, authoritarianism, Africa policy. Outside of classes, he enjoys biking and playing soccer.

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Andrew Furlong

The American Jobs Plan, as the administration dubs it, seems to stand in stark contrast to the message of unity Americans are used to hearing.

USA Today

As President Biden nears his hundredth day in office, he is attempting to pass his second landmark piece of legislation, the American Jobs Plan. This bill, which has been described by his administration as a crucial piece of legislation aimed at fixing the crumbling roads, bridges, and waterways in our country, has received significant pushback from Republican lawmakers, who criticize the magnitude of spending in the bill, as well as the lack of bipartisan input.

This bill does contain some money for traditional infrastructure projects: 85 billion is aimed at repairing highways across America, as well as 80 billion to…


Dunn Zhang

The Chinese Communist Party has rapidly invested in its Marines, Navy, and Assault capabilities with frightening implications for not only its Asian neighbors but American national security.

© Reuters

Over the last three decades, the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) economy experienced explosive growth as the nation opened itself up to the West. As a result, the PRC gradually expanded and modernized all five of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) branches. More recently, tensions grew in disputed regions such as the South China Sea, the East China Sea, Taiwan, and other unstable areas with significant Chinese investment such as Africa and the…


Alexander Shepard

Could there be an environmental silver lining to all this?

Ingram Pinn/Financial Times

COVID-19 has disturbed the lives of many worldwide and has made everyday living an almost constant struggle. However, social distancing during the middle of a pandemic does come with some benefits, that is, in regards to the environment. Many events occur during pandemics: business closures, travel restrictions, working, and learning from home. However, these safety precautions for COVID-19 have caused economic activity and fossil fuel consumption to decrease in many nations around the globe. Furthermore, there has been a massive drop in greenhouse emissions during the year 2020 due to…


Sam Abodo

Let us not make the same mistakes in Colombia previous administrations have committed.

AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Julio Cortez

In recent years, Latin America has been undervalued by American politicians and painted as dangerous, unstable, and resistant to foreign support. While there is some truth to these sentiments, countries like Colombia are essential American allies that must not be forgotten by the Biden administration. President Biden claims to have supported Colombia as a Senator and Vice President through his “Plan Colombia,” but some experts argue the Plan took advantage of Colombia’s War on Drugs and resulted in human rights abuses, press suppression, civilian displacement, and increased…


Zachary Novack

“One of the pervasive risks that we face in the information age … is that even if the amount of knowledge in the world is increasing, the gap between what we know and what we think we know may be widening.” ― Nate Silver, 538 Editor In Chief

Gabriel Sterling, a Republican Georgia election official, debunks President Trump’s voter fraud allegations. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

In the direct wake of the November 2020 election, it was hard to find any part of the news that wasn’t talking about some new election fraud conspiracy theory. That being said, you might’ve missed the brief Twitter storm that centered around an odd statistical theory known as Benford’s Law. …


Skylar Pollock

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga after the US-Japan Security Consultative Committee on March 16, 2021. Photo: The YomiuriShimbun via AFP/ Masanori Genko

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” — John. F. Kennedy

As a show of technological superiority, the Cold War-induced Space Race brought about immense technological advancements. Fast forward six decades and the old mid-twentieth century space programs…


Kevin Fang

A truly decentralized coin requires stability, not volatility.

It’s the star child of cryptocurrencies. The first to break into the mainstream with its value rocketing to $57,723 (as of March 18th), Bitcoin is now a household name. From a currency used primarily for purchasing illicit goods on the now-defunct Silk Road (a black market on the dark web) to a shining beacon of individual financial freedom, Bitcoin has undergone a truly incredible transformation in the last five years. ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds), trading desks, futures markets, and dedicated news channels focused solely on measuring every dip and rise of Bitcoin surfaced in 2018 and have grown with every boom…


Remy Goldberg

Environmental sustainability is arguably one of the most pressing topics in politics today. With extreme weather occurrences in Texas and wildfires along the west coast, the climate crisis is already having tangible effects on the livelihood of Americans. According to Pew Research Center, climate change was one of the top 12 issues for the 2020 Presidential election, with 42% of voters stating it was an important factor in their decision and majority stating it was a somewhat important factor. Policy makers and organizations take vastly different approaches to tackling this crisis, from supporting a carbon tax to researching clean energy…

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