Thursday, October 28, 2021

2015 Warmest Year on Record

By: Sherrie Chen On Sunday, January 17, 2016, the NBC Democratic Debate was held in Charleston, South Carolina. Senator Sanders won the debate overall, crushing...

Saturn May Lose Rings Sooner than Expected

Saturn’s rings are iconic parts of our solar system. Although the other gas giants, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, also have rings, Saturn’s are by...

Benefits vs. Risks of Caffeine for Adolescents

Around 80% of the world’s population consumes caffeine everyday and roughly 73% of kids consume caffeine everyday. This is a shocking statistic, which raises the question: is caffeine good for adolescents?

The Siberian Unicorn Gives Insight in How to Save Rhinos

By Max Dai The Siberian Unicorn is an animal from the rhino family. It has a long horn on its nose and is said to...

3-D Printer Saves Girl’s Life

By: Sherrie Chen What can 3D printers do in our life? Most likely for printing model for architecture, engineering, etc. Who can believe 3D printers...

Fentanyl: The Most Dangerous Drug in America

The opioid crisis has been an ongoing drug epidemic that has involved millions of addicted opioid users throughout the past two decades. Although heroin...

Twice As Interesting: Golden Record What is a Golden Record? As one may interpret from the title, the golden record is a phonograph record just like the ones used to...

Sharks Found in Underwater Volcano

Kavachi, located in the Solomon Islands, is one of the southwest Pacific’s most active underwater volcanoes. It erupted a dozen times in the twentieth century and three times in the twenty first. In 2015, ocean engineer Brennan Phillips lowered an eighty-pound camera down into its roiling waters, hoping to take a closer look at it after a recent eruption. It rested 147 feet deep in the volcano’s caldera (a pit formed in the aftermath of a magma chamber’s collapse). When the camera resurfaced, Phillips and his team found unexpected footage of scalloped hammerhead sharks and silky sharks emerging from the murky orange surroundings to investigate the lens.

New Fossils Human Kin

By: Sarah Wie   After a treacherous journey through the caves at the Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site in South Africa, scientists and paleoanthropologists found fossil...

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Work in Nervous System Discovery

Two scientists have received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discoveries of molecular receptors that detect temperature and touch. Nearly two decades ago, David Julius, a physiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, used capsaicin, the ‘spicy’ compound found in chili peppers, to figure out how the nervous system responds to and registers changes in body temperature. His team searched for a certain gene that induces this response, finally locating it after scouring millions of DNA fragments. Simultaneously, in 2002, Ardem Patapoutian, a scientist at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, independently discovered another receptor that responds to low temperatures. The discovery of these receptors cascaded into the identification of numerous other receptors for temperature change. 

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