Christy Kim


Christy Kim is a Molecular Environmental Biology major and intended English minor at UC Berkeley. She likes reading too much and hopes that MSO will help to channel her writing energies. Binge-watches TV.

Christy has written 9 post(s)

In a prime example of censorship, the video documentary “Under the Dome” by Chai Jing was taken off the Chinese internet after a hugely successful weekend of over 200 million views, or one-third of China’s total internet viewership. To properly gauge the monumental circulation achieved, compare it to “What Does the Fox Say?” which reached … Read More

The “biggest refugee crisis since World War Two” is quickly becoming “the biggest refugee crisis including World War Two” its third year in, having displaced more than four million people,* with over half of them minors under the age of 18. Refugee children who have crossed oceans to reach EU nations are chased by more than … Read More

Most of us would like to believe that we are not dumb. More than half of people believe that they are “above average” in intelligence, displaying a phenomenon coined “Illusory Superiority“. Yet, in 2011, more than half of Americans had trouble naming one living scientist. General scientific ignorance reigned supreme in following years, with only 58% … Read More

Misinformation spread fear and delayed a timely response. During the recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, the nation’s government was heavily criticized for its response. In a nation still smarting from the inefficient response to the Sewol ferry disaster about a year ago, mismanagement of the outbreak by hospitals and by the … Read More

If one could measure the speed of pedestrians pattering on the sidewalk, one would probably notice the footsteps slowing down or speeding up near certain hotspots. Not near intersections, but where the newspaper-blanketed homeless huddle behind their signs. With their mouths dried out from asking each passerby, these homeless etch their pleas on cardboard. “Hungry … Read More

Many may have heard horror stories about the V.A. (Veterans’ Affairs). They have ridiculously long wait lines; accusations involving these long wait lines and other bureaucratic issues resulted in a scandal that led the V.A. chief to resign. What might be striking, however, is that these problems are easily preventable. V.A. healthcare is not a … Read More

Warning: Graphic images. “Mike Stamford: I heard you were abroad somewhere getting shot at. What happened? Dr. John Watson: I got shot.” – Sherlock (BBC) College counselor, Clara: “During my time working with college veterans, I have deeply felt that there are three ‘one-percents’ prevalent in society. “There’s the one percent that we hear on … Read More

On December 19, 2014, the CDC issued an official statement mandating the recall of caramel apples. Since the first Wednesday of the new year, the consumption of caramel apples, regarded as different from candied apples in the marketplace, has been responsible for 32 cases of infection across 11 different states. Six of the infected people have died. Currently, Missouri … Read More

With the snowballing of hysteria in 2014– as with the Ebola scare–it is sometimes easy to forget that there are teams of people working to prioritize and mitigate threats. Pegged as the “primary public health institution” in the United States, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) assesses threats, evaluates their potential effects, and then forms … Read More

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