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How Bitcoin Works

How Bitcoin Works

Alex Elchev, Section Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under Science & Technology

Bitcoin dominated headlines in 2017, but how does it work? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, commonly called coins, a form of money only exchanged on the internet that has no physical form. While it holds value in physical currencies like US dollars for trade purposes, bitcoin does not have any i...

Geneticists Develop Better Christmas Trees

Geneticists Develop Better Christmas Trees

Kieri Karpa, Layout Manager

January 5, 2018


Filed under Science & Technology

The modern Christmas tree isn’t natural. Almost all commercialized plants go through some form of genetic manipulation. From breeding to DNA manipulation, the modern Christmas tree is no stranger to the science of genetics. Started by the Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant in 2012, Christmas Tree Gen...

Research Mounting Against Early School Start Times

Research Mounting Against Early School Start Times

Olivia Bratton, Copy Editor

January 4, 2018


Filed under Science & Technology

Students are constantly wishing to gain more sleep on school days, and now there is scientific evidence behind their pleas. According to the 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study, 93 percent of high schools in the U.S. begin before 8:30 a.m. High schools nationwide start their days at drastically e...

Voyager 1 Thrusters Fired After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Thrusters Fired After 37 Years

Anna Levin, Reporter

January 3, 2018


Filed under Science & Technology

The first man-made object ever to make it to interstellar space has been dormant for 37 years, until now. For the last 40 years, the Voyager 1 has been floating through space, communicating information back to NASA. With the use of thrusters, the spacecraft can be turned and oriented so that an ant...

Pepsico Orders 100 Tesla Semi Trucks

Robert Sterner, Advisor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

Pepsico placed the largest order to date with a deposit on 100 of Tesla’s newly unveiled all electric semi trucks. Pepsico joins Walmart and Anheuser-Bush in placing large pre-orders for the Tesla Semis. A deposit of $20,000 per vehicle was reported by Reuters. With the full cost of the Tesla Semi ranging ...

FCC repeals net neutrality

Katherine Clark and Claire Sheppard

December 15, 2017


Filed under Politics, Science & Technology, World

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality by a vote of 3 to 2. In 2015, during Obama’s administration, the net neutrality law was passed to protect Americans from internet companies forcing users to pay to use higher quality services. Now, the Trump administration is preparing ...

How biofuels will change the future

How biofuels will change the future

Alex Elchev, Section Editor

December 11, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

How will the world power the cities of tomorrow? The United States alone uses almost 20 million barrels of oil every day, and along with coal and natural gas, it provides 85% of of the energy used around the country, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. While these sour...

How to beat the common cold

How to beat the common cold

Kieri Karpa, Layout Manager

November 30, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology, Showcase

Every mother in the world has told their kids “put on your jacket or you’ll get a cold,” and science says there may be something to the old wives tale. Though the actual sickness of the cold and flu is caused by a virus, a recent study has found that the temperature may affect how liabl...

Amazon launches Amazon Key

Amazon launches Amazon Key

Anna Levin, Reporter

November 29, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

Ordering packages online could now be more convenient than ever, for the small price of people’s privacy. With new advancements in technology being developed everyday, technology companies like Google and Amazon are now seeking permissions to embed themselves deeper into the lives of their consumer...

Fear factor: how horror attractions make you afraid

Fear factor: how horror attractions make you afraid

Kieri Karpa, Layout Manager

October 31, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

Popular horror attractions might not be as scary as they seem. As Halloween draws near, many people go to horror attractions. This spooky form of entertainment uses science to induce fear by triggering the human fight or flight reflex through sight, sound, and smell. Visually, fear stems fr...

New studies support coffee’s health benefits

New studies support coffee’s health benefits

Anna Levin, Reporter

October 17, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

The long debate over coffee’s effects may be finally over. School has officially started for students all across the nation. That means waking up earlier, going to bed later trying to get work done, and drinking coffee. Several new studies have found several long-term benefits to drinking coffee. ...

Are you being watched?

Are you being watched?

Kieri Karpa, Layout Manager

October 12, 2017


Filed under Science & Technology

Your hair stands on end. Your skin begins to crawl. You feel eyes on you... Or do you? The “feeling” of being watched is a common trope in Hollywood horror films and shows. However, it has been studied as a scientific phenomena for a little over a century.  In that time, science has revealed that...

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