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End of Club Penguin

End of Club Penguin

Leo Rocha, Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2017


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Today marks the closing of Club Penguin, a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for children. Following a two year decline and numerous layoffs, the game has been replaced by a newer version, Club Penguin Island. The premise of the original game was to allow kids a safe space on the internet to...

The Origami Surgeon: An Advancement in Modern Surgery

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

March 29, 2017


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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Sheffield and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have created and conducted experiments to demonstrate a miniscule ingestible origami robot that can perform surgery. According to the National Capital Poison Center, 3,500...

The Inauguration and Women’s March

The Inauguration and Women’s March

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2017


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Thurs. Jan. 19: Pre-Inaugural Concert On the day prior to the inauguration was the pre-inaugural concert held at Lincoln Memorial. A multitude of artists who were approached by Trump’s administration to perform refused including Celine Dion, Sir Elton John, Justin Timberlake and The Chainsmokers...

Zuckerberg’s 2017 Resolution

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


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With the start of 2017, people around the world made new year’s resolutions. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Facebook, decided to share his. He plans to visit every state he has not yet been to yet in order to learn about how people live. The media speculates this...

ASMR Eases Stress By Sound

Leo Rocha, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2017


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People spend over $90 at spas trying to relax for an hour or two and ease their stress. While there are many home relaxation techniques one can use such as facial masks and aromatherapy, there is an even simpler method that comes at no cost, and can be used over and over again: autonomous sensory meridian...

A Development in Biotechnology

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

February 9, 2017


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Often regarded as the “Greatest Biotech Discovery” or the “Biggest Breakthrough in the World of Biology,” Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is making history with its unique and versatile contribution to a variety of fields. Ranging from eradicating viruses such...

Seed Infused Newspaper

Fatima Bhaiwala, Senior Editor

December 1, 2016


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Japan’s oldest newspaper "Mainichi Shimbunsha” has started a revolutionary trend with creating a seed infused newspaper, called the “The Green Newspaper.” The newspaper is made out of recycled paper with flower and herb seeds embedded within the seams. All you have to do is tear it into pieces,...

Nintendo’s Next Console Switches It Up

Nintendo’s Next Console Switches It Up

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

November 15, 2016


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In 2017, Nintendo plans to change things up with the Nintendo Switch. This upcoming game console aims to consolidate their home and portable lines into one machine that allows players to take their games on the go. The console consists of a tablet-like device with one Joy-Con controller attached on...

Great Barrier Reef Dye-ing

Mellica Askari, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


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After breaking news announcing the death of the Great Barrier Reef hit the Internet, social media users connected in grief surrounding the 20 million year old tourist hot-spot. The next day, new reports showed that the Reef is not all dead yet, but is under an immense amount of pressure to keep the remaining...

The New “EpiPill”

The New “EpiPill”

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

November 3, 2016


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What will happen when the cost of EpiPens becomes too high for people to purchase? EpiPens or epinephrine auto-injectors are a necessity for individuals who possess severe allergies. It is commonly used for anaphylaxis, which can be characterized by rash, nausea, difficulty breathing and shock. Without...

The HyperAdapt 1.0

The HyperAdapt 1.0

Leo Rocha, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2016


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“Back to the Future” may have only been one year off with its predictions for the future. Nike recently announced that their new self-tying shoes, the HyperAdapt 1.0, will be released to the public. The shoes were previously unveiled in March but will now become available for sale in select United...

Galaxy Note 7: A Safety Risk

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

November 3, 2016


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In one of the largest recent fiascos in the electronic market, Samsung’s latest phone, the Galaxy Note 7, has been reported to overheat and explode. With 112 known incidents to date, this poses a large safety risk. In response, Samsung ordered a global recall and have halted sales completely. In September,...

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