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The Bigger the Backpack

The Bigger the Backpack

Jack Goulet, Reporter

December 19, 2016


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A long walk to school with all of his textbooks. This high school student’s daily exercise puts a lot of unnecessary weight on his shoulders. Drayer Physical Therapy discusses the good and bad aspects of carrying a bag every day, and if it’s possible to cut-down on the bad while still using the bag f...

James Webb Space Telescope to Launch in 2018

James Webb Space Telescope to Launch in 2018

Joel Neuschwander, Copy Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

What if it was possible to see 13 billion years into the past? That’s the question that will be answered by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the $8.7 billion telescope that is scheduled to launch into orbit around the sun in October of 2018. Previously known as the Next Generation Space Teles...

Sleepy Science: The real reason you’re tired after holiday meals

Sleepy Science: The real reason you’re tired after holiday meals

Kieri Karpa, Layout Manager

December 7, 2016


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With droopy eyes and a full stomach, you lay down for a nap after feasting on a holiday dinner. This so-called “food coma” has traditionally been blamed on an increase in an amino acid called tryptophan, which is an essential component in the sleep-causing neurotransmitter known as melatonin. This increase i...

Artificial Intelligence Raises Questions About Future

Camille Heck, Reporter

December 6, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

From emotion-reading apps to delivery drones, today’s world is quickly expanding to accept the concept of artificial intelligence. Ever since the idea of artificial intelligence (AI) hit the news in 1955, it has been a controversial, and to some, frightening, topic. Discovered by Herbert Simon and Allen...

Women Make Strides in Science and Tech

Camille Heck, Reporter

November 29, 2016


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Since the days of Ancient Greece, women have been making strides in science. On October 11, 2016, the world celebrated its Eighth Annual Ada Lovelace Day. The premise of Ada Lovelace Day is to celebrate all of the women who work and participate in the fields of science and technology. Ada Lovelace ...

Science Behind Dreams

Science Behind Dreams

Elaina Joyner, Reporter

November 16, 2016


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Scientists are trying to understand the brain by studying something we spend one third of our lives doing. Dreams are on the cutting edge of neuroscience and psychological research. Scientists have made strides in the science of dreams, now being able to narrow down the part of the brain that is ac...

The Science Behind Fall

The Science Behind Fall

Shanna Sweitzer, Reporter/ Magazine Layout

November 15, 2016


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Cool air, trick-or-treaters, less daylight, pumpkin spice lattes, and leaves changing color. These are all characteristics associated with fall season. Aside from the sweets, why do these changes in weather occur? Why does the air get cooler? Why is there less daylight? Why do leaves change color...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosions Explained

Alex Elchev, reporter

November 10, 2016


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The Galaxy Note 7 has had arguably the worst launch of any smartphone ever, but Samsung's bombshell isn’t the first -or the last- dangerous device. Seoul-based news agency Yonhap News first reported on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 that the South Korean electronics magnate had halted shipments amidst rumors of battery explosions. The first reports of expl...

Self Driving Cars Hit Road in Pittsburgh

Self Driving Cars Hit Road in Pittsburgh

Joel Neuschwander, Section Editor

October 28, 2016


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Say goodbye to highway hypnosis and road rage and say hello to sensors, built-in GPS systems, and stress-free driving. On September 14, 2016, Uber made its self-driving cars available to passengers in Pittsburgh. The cars will have humans at the wheel, ready to take control of the vehicle if necess...

American Obesity Epidemic: Obesity Rates Keep Rising

Anna Levin, Reporter

October 26, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

Food. A source of nutrients, a source of comfort, a source of illness. Obesity, a term defined as having a Body Mass Index of more than 30, has reached epidemic levels in almost half of the United States. Obesity prevails in almost every state and causes many health related issues. Health organization...

Fight or Flight: The Science Behind Fear

Kieri Karpa, reporter

October 26, 2016


Filed under Science & Technology

Pupils dilated, blood rushing, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping; and it all happens in a matter of seconds. The fight or flight reflex, a psychological and physical reaction to fear, is the cause of these symptoms. Fear is caused by anything that overactivates a part of the brain called called the a...

World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland

World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland

Joel Neuschwander, Science and Technology Editor

September 22, 2016


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Since the beginning of human life, we’ve been trying to figure out how we got here. Now, the answer to that question has gotten clearer. On September 1st, 2016, scientists discovered the oldest physical evidence of life on earth in Greenland.  According to CNN, the fossils date back 3.7 bil...

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