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The Science Hub: kilogram redefined, effects of skipping breakfast, sails in space

The Science Hub: kilogram redefined, effects of skipping breakfast, sails in space

Thomas Weldele, Rachel Chang, and Jonathan Soriano

June 9, 2019


Filed under Science, Science Hub

The change in the kilogram that didn't change anything The kilogram, for the majority of one’s life, was defined by a mass of platinum-iridium that was officially declared one kilogram.  That kilogram, known as Le Grand K, was stored in a controlled environment in Paris.  Seven identical platinum-iri...

The Science Hub: a study on dementia, aftereffects of measles, Schrodinger’s art

The Science Hub: a study on dementia, aftereffects of measles, Schrodinger’s art

Thomas Weldele, Rachel Chang, and Jonathan Soriano

May 22, 2019


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A study on dementia A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) detailed that there are roughly 50 million people in the world with dementia and around 10 million cases additionally per year. The majority of those come from low or middle income countries. All of these cases have a cost. In the U.S. alone, 818...

Weather 101: Storm Watch

Weather 101: Storm Watch

Thomas Weldele, Writer

May 19, 2019


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Nature is now liberally giving what it once had taken from California. Especially throughout this winter, California has received an enormous amount of rain, even more so when considering the drought that the state is recovering from. And the rain isn’t stopping yet. Due to a series of atmospher...

The Science Hub: first image of a black hole, the cost of climate change, deadly fungus rises

The Science Hub: first image of a black hole, the cost of climate change, deadly fungus rises

Rachel Chang, Jonathan Soriano, and Thomas Weldele

April 10, 2019


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First ever image of a black hole We have seen the unseeable: A black hole—a monster. It bends all light to its epicenter attempting to travel through the fabric of space and time—until it reaches the event horizon, which is the point of no return from the abyss. These black holes have been de...

The Science Hub: Mozambique’s deadly cyclone, drought-free California, expanding stomachs

The Science Hub: Mozambique’s deadly cyclone, drought-free California, expanding stomachs

Rachel Chang, Jonathan Soriano, and Thomas Weldele

March 27, 2019


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Mozambique’s devastating aftermath of Cyclone Idai Cyclone Idai, one of the most disastrous storms to hit Africa in decades, made landfall in Mozambique on March 15. With 1.7 million people in its path, the cyclone proceeded to spread to neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi. It is estimated that at least eight hundred people are dead s...

The Science Hub: new drug for depression, NASA budget proposal, rise in measles

The Science Hub: new drug for depression, NASA budget proposal, rise in measles

Rachel Chang, Jonathan Soriano, and Thomas Weldele

March 14, 2019


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New FDA-approved drug for depression Last week, a new drug for depression was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This new treatment is a fast-acting nasal spray composed of esketamine, a chemical derivative of the 1980s party drug ketamine, or commonly referred to as “Special K.” ...

Physics principles of the Egg Drop

Physics principles of the Egg Drop

Thomas Weldele and Jonathan Soriano

March 2, 2019


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Eggs are seen falling from the sky, but it does not mean that the world is ending. It signals the annual physics’ egg drop experiment. This annual event was held on Feb. 15 and Feb. 19 in the Foothill quad. This year’s egg drop brought a plethora of creative and unique designs that implemente...

The Science Hub: all about cats, update on Hayabusa2, UN aid to Yemen

The Science Hub: all about cats, update on Hayabusa2, UN aid to Yemen

Jonathan Soriano, Thomas Weldele, and Rachel Chang

February 27, 2019


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Lil Bub’s rare genetics Cats. Whether it is a sleepy kitten riding a bike in its sleep or adorable cat toe beans, there is no denying that they rule the internet. Their reign continues with the unique cat named Lil Bub. Lil Bub has a variety of abnormalities such as extra toes, short limbs, and a tongu...

Weather 101: Pineapple Express

Weather 101: Pineapple Express

Thomas Weldele and Jonathan Soriano

February 23, 2019


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Warm, moist topical air from Hawaii is swept along the Pacific Ocean. Over land, it cools and falls as heavy rain and/or snow.

The Science Hub: decrease in Santa Ana winds, rise in syphilis, change in magnetic pole

The Science Hub: decrease in Santa Ana winds, rise in syphilis, change in magnetic pole

Rachel Chang, Jonathan Soriano, and Thomas Weldele

February 14, 2019


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Decrease in Santa Ana winds due to climate change While the ramifications of climate change are mostly negative, there may be one aspect that will bring joy to Southern Californians.  Climate change is forecasted to decrease the strength of the Santa Ana winds.  This change will mostly be apparent in the spring and fall, with both of those seasons possibly seeing...

Why you should @#$!*% cuss

Why you should @#$!*% cuss

Matthew Godfrey, Writer

January 31, 2019


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All of humanity has experienced the painful instance of stubbing their toe. While not the worst pain possible, the sharp stinging discomfort stirs certain foul language in our heads that wants to burst out. So should we hold back these urges to use profane language, or is it healthy for us to let the...

The Science Hub: Benzo usage, sound pollution, the super blood moon and ocean & ice warming

The Science Hub: Benzo usage, sound pollution, the super blood moon and ocean & ice warming

January 23, 2019


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Increase in benzodiazepine usage The annual number of overdose deaths in the United States involving benzodiazepines increased nearly 10 times from 1999 to 2017. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are typically prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, such as Xanax and Valium.   Seventy-five percent of these overdose deaths were caused by a joint-us...

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