Do Cats Really Deserve To Die? 10

Kelsey Bisetti

There is no way to make death okay. That seems to be a generally accepted belief, right? Then, why are we killing millions upon millions of animals each year for classroom experiments and dissections? How can we excuse that as education when there are so many humane options to consider as replacements?

Alright, since you’ll probably just mock any moral argument I make, I’ll start with some facts. Almost nobody remembers what they learned during dissections. I, for example, don’t remember a single idea I learned during the squid dissection I was forced into during sixth grade. More…

How Else Does Air Pollution Affect Us? 3

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Elaine Tong

Air pollution affects many things in the world. It is well known that the pollution damages perfectly fine rivers, lakes, or water sources. Indirectly, it also destroys many homes for people and animals. So, the first point is that it harms Earth and the environment. But in what way does air pollution affect us, exactly?

John Hopkins University School of Medicine head and neck surgeon Murray Ramanathan and a group of scientists recorded studies with mice as substitutes for humans. According to them, the small particulates in the air contribute to the same viruses within the nose and sinus areas that give someone a runny nose. These particulates include debris, smoke, dust, and coal typically originating from factories, farms, vehicles, and more. More…

Our First Trip to the Sun 8

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NASA has plans to launch its very first mission to the sun. An announcement regarding this will be released on May 31 at 8 AM PST. The mission is named Solar Probe Plus.

Solar Probe Plus will travel into the range of 3.9 million miles towards the Sun’s surface, which is within Mercury’s orbit and the closest any spacecraft has ever been to the sun before. In this range, the mission will endure excruciating temperatures that are estimated to be roughly about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than any other historic spacecraft.

This launch will provide several data that will be helpful for future research, such as potentially harmful objects that may collide with Earth in the future. The information will be necessary to protect Earth in harm’s way. More…

Henderson’s Island Trash 2

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Oanh Tran

On a small uninhabited island, researchers have discovered it has been harboring 38 million pieces of trash.

Henderson Island is a designated world heritage site because of bird life and is a part of the U.K Pitcairn island territory. It is located in the middle of the South Pacific Gyre ocean current making it a bullseye for debris carried in the ocean current.

The island has the highest density of plastic debris than anywhere reported on earth. According to Proceedings of Nationals Academic of Science, a study has estimated, 17 tons of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island, with more than 3,570 new pieces of litter arriving every day on the one beach alone. More…

Sea you later? 7

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Elaine Tong

There is limited knowledge humans have about the ocean. In fact, scientists have not yet explored five percent of the world’s ocean, which consists of seventy-one percent of Earth’s surface. Surprisingly, there is more material learned about space than for the ocean. This ocean lives on the same surface with humans and animals, yet the knowledge of space and its content outweigh that of the ocean. So, one of the most obvious questions would be this: How deep is the ocean? More…

No XL? 4

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Kelsey Bisetti

 

With all the recent drama concerning TrumpCare, the wall, and the travel ban, the Keystone XL Pipeline kind of got swept under the rug. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious controversy.

Keystone XL is a direct oil pipeline running from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. As opposed to the old pipeline mimicking this one, this is a much faster route, raking in about 3,486,000 gallons of oil a day.

Construction would employ about 28,000 workers and ease dependance on the Middle East. Not to mention, the increased availability of supplies would lead to lower prices for customers. More…

More Deadly Heat From Climate Change Reply

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Oanh Tran

Although most nations could maintain at agreed-upon levels of (average) temperature, a new study reports more deaths (heatstroke) related to extreme heat is expected.

Nations contributing to the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

However, extreme heat is expected to occur more often as the 2 degree Celsius limit is approached, researchers say. More…

Another Earth… Except It’s not Earth 9

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Elaine Tong

The finding of a planet with an Earth-like air was recently reported by Keele University and Dr. John Southworth’s leading team. This report, posted on April 6, 2017, talked of a planet called GJ 1132b.

GJ 1132b is the first planet discovered to have an atmosphere similar to Earth’s. This contradicts the other record TRAPPIST-1 broke of having the most planets surrounding one star. For more information on TRAPPIST-1 and its stars, visit ( shameless promotion) “Personal Space is No Longer with These Seven Additions.” More…

Do You Feel Itchy Reading This? 2

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Evelyn Huynh

Ever wonder why the urge to scratch an itch is strong when another person scratches? Scientists have recently found out why through an experiment. It’s really not a choice nor a psychological response. It is hardwired into the brain.

Yawning, scratching, and other “socially contagious” behaviors have puzzled scientists for quite a while. But now, they have found out why.   More…

Personal Space is No Longer with These Seven Additions 16

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Elaine Tong

The science journal Nature recently posted their discovery of seven new planets orbiting dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The article was posted February 23.

The planets, found with NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, are being called a new record with seven Earth-like planets orbiting one star. This is because it is the largest number by far in comparison to any other planetary system. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is an instrument used to locate far planets and other astronomical objects. It is the fourth and final of NASA’s series of Great Observatories satellites. More…