Author: Noah Franz


The case against guarding your heart

Please don’t think what follows is a foolish suggestion to disregard the Biblical mandate to “guard your heart,” as found within the context of Proverbs 4. Generally, the Proverbs (and the Bible as a whole) are excellent sources of wisdom for Christians and non-Christians alike. Also, if you’re in the […]

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Tesla stays quiet over largest blackout in U.S.

Tech billionaire and business magnate Elon Musk attempted to address power outages in South Australia and Peurto Rico. Musk made good on promises to quell the recent spate of power outages plaguing Australia due to a recent storm. Well ahead of the 100-day schedule, Musk connected his massive lithium-ion battery […]


Gene editing tech raises ethical concerns

More than 50,000 known human genetic maladies exist, most of which have few treatments or cures. A new gene editing technique called Adenine Base Editing (ABE), developed by Broad Institute of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, could be the next step toward change. ABE not only excises unwanted […]


Space exploration is still a risky venture

Investors’ and space fanatics’ hopes of manning their own mission to the moon or Mars rose as the re-suable rocket descended back onto the SpaceX landing platform. Two years ago, many scientists, economists, and skeptics thought business magnate and visionary Elon Musk’s dream of a reusable orbital rocket was impossible. […]


Graphic designer pushes pixels and plays piano

You might picture a graphic designer cloistered inside the walls of one of the campus art buildings, eyes aglow beneath the 5K Macintosh monitors, pixels zooming across the screen as the coffee drains into the late night. That is certainly true of senior graphic design major Andrew Brott. But, for […]


Latino Tires II treads a path for Main Street businesses

The well-driven asphalt of East Main Street in Siloam Springs brings trade and custom to numerous Latino shops and businesses. Their position between the economic hub of downtown and the manufacturing district is no accident, as many of these ethnically-diverse businesses developed 15 to 20 years ago. Pedro Villalo, owner […]


Columbia crosses conflict with culture

When Americans think of third-world countries, many imagine jungles or deserts with small villages and stagnant economies. But in the heart of the Amazon jungle, Colombia is a country that holds cities of millions. There, traditional labels like “third-world” no longer apply. John Brown University associate professor of Spanish Iván […]


Technology faces ethical dilemma with change

Peruse a tech magazine or browse Netflix for a new sci-fi series, and you’ll see a slew of new inventions, discoveries and technologies being theorized, discussed, developed and incorporated into our world. Some might sound fairly harmless or convenient, like Facebook’s new advertisement-sorting algorithm based on user preferences. Others, like […]


Illustration student sees the light

Garbed in a denim jacket and brushstroke-styled floral skirt, senior Megan Hansen is a vivacious artist in the John Brown University Art and Illustration department. Megan Hansen has a deep personal affinity for fantasy, philosophy and Greek mythology. Art professor Peter Pohle, who has personally advised her through three years […]


Hurricane targets Texas homes

When Category 4 tropical storm Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017, no one expected history in the making. Residents of Rockport, Texas observed 130 mph vortex winds, and soon, a large swath of Texas braced for the first hurricane to strike it and the surrounding Gulf of Mexico since […]