Andrea Garcia-Vargas
Andrea García-Vargas is a recent Columbia University graduate based (for now) in Columbus, Ohio. When she's not a news blogger for Bustle, she's writing about sex and tech over at PolicyMic. Shoot her an email at andrea.garvar@gmail.com if you've got any tips or ideas. If you just want to get a pumpkin spice latte, that's fine, too.

Minneapolis Just Changed Columbus Day To...

The city of Minneapolis, Minnesota voted Friday to observe Indigenous People's Day instead of Columbus Day. The Minneapolis City Council, the body that proposed the change, was unanimous in its vote, and once the resolution was passed, hundreds of pe…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

What The Microsoft Purchase Of Nokia Means For You

On Friday, electronic giant Microsoft officially purchased Nokia's Devices and Services division, which from now on will be known as the Microsoft Mobile and the Devices Division and managed by former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. The buyout cost Microsoft…
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Iceberg 6 Times The Size of Manhattan On The Loose

Watch out, guys — a freakishly large iceberg may be heading our way. The iceberg, which broke away from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier in November last year, has been named B31 by NASA. It measures about 240 square miles in area, roughly six times …
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Little Girl Gives Mobama Her Dad's Résumé

On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama attended the White House's annual event for "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day," where Michelle was given a résumé by a young girl on behalf of the girl's father. After the event, Michelle held a Q&A sessi…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Cow-Milking Robots Are Here

This might be the end of an era. With the increased demand in cow-milking robots — yes, cow-milking robots — the milk industry could start to move away from relying on farmers. These "milk-bots" not only quickly calculate how much milk they've collec…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

3 Campus Sex-Assault Reforms Senators Want

In an unexpected act of bipartisanship, Republican and Democrat senators have signed a letter outlining three campus sexual assault reforms for the White House task force that's tackling sexual assault on college campuses. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of …
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Easter TV Broadcast Takes An X-Rated Turn

Most of us won't expect a local news station's Easter broadcast to be that interesting. So viewers of Knoxville, Tennessee's WBIR-TV must have been in for a big surprise when they saw two bunnies on the anchors' news desk getting it on. Nope, we're n…
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Sean Parker Is Getting Into Politics

Sean Parker is getting into politics. Parker, who co-founded file-sharing service Napster and has worked at Facebook and Spotify — and was immortalized by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network — plans to create and fund a civic start-up called Brig…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Malaysia Airlines Messes Up Again

While we may never know the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, we know that Malaysia Airlines will be under scrutiny for a long time — and this latest incident won't help. On Sunday April 20, Malaysia Airlines reportedly had to cancel Flight 192'…
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An Earth-Like Planet Was Just Discovered

In case you were ever worried about the world ending (cue Britney Spears), astronomers have now made a groundbreaking discovery of a brand-new exoplanet — meaning, a planet situated beyond the Solar System. They've named the exoplanet Kepler-186f, an…
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The Secret Behind Making Babies? Protein

Thanks to a recent study published in Nature, conceiving babies may get a whole lot easier. A group of researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a genome research institute in the UK, have discovered that eggs appear to carry a special prot…
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Anti-Depressants During Pregnancy Linked To Autism

A new Johns Hopkins study published in the journal Pediatrics has found a link between the use of anti-depressants during pregnancy and the risk of a child being born autistic — especially if the child was a boy. The study, which also examined the in…
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Teen Pees In Absolute Worst Place Possible

How's this for some very weird local news: On Wednesday April 16 at around 1 a.m., a 19-year-old urinated in the Mount Tabor number 5 reservoir in Portland, Oregon through the iron fence surrounding it. And because the 19-year-old urinated in the res…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Bad News About Your Mid-Morning Nap

Well, that's your naptime ruined. A recent Cambridge University study has come to an unfortunate conclusion: People who take daytime naps are more at risk of early death. The Cambridge researchers used data from a health study involving over 25,000 m…
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Tennessee's New Bill Targets Pregnant Moms

A few days ago, Tennessee's legislature passed a bill that would allow police to criminally prosecute mothers who take drugs during pregnancy that harm their babies. Last Wednesday, April 9, the House bill passed in the House by 64-30, and a few days…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Obama Launches $600m Job-Training Initiative

On April 16, President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden announced plans to expand U.S. job training grant programs, which will cost a total of $600 million. The announcement comes in an era in which unemployment numbers are still high, coming in at arou…
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Bomb Scare At Boston Marathon Finish Line

On Tuesday, as the city of Boston recognized the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, a barefoot man with a black veil over his face ran to the marathon's finish line. He dropped a backpack there, yelling "Boston strong! Boston strong!" …
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The Jesus Statue Unlike Any You've Seen

St. Alban's Episcopal Church recently installed a statue in the wealthy town of Davidson, North Carolina that has sparked a controversy among the residents: A statue of Jesus as a homeless man. The church bought the statue — which cost a whopping $22…
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Oklahoma Gov. Signs A Very Petty Bill

Less than one week after several lawmakers across the U.S. signed up for the "minimum wage challenge" in honor of National Week of Action, Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill into law banning minimum wage hikes and paid sick le…
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas

Is This One Step Closer To A Police State?

If you didn't already think the U.S. could become a surveillance state, this might change your mind: Recently, police in Compton, Baltimore, and Dayton have been testing a brand-new surveillance system intended to stop crime and catch criminals. The …
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