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The Science Hub: Spitzer Space Telescope, the Yaravirus

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Thomas Weldele and Naomi Schmitt

May 1, 2020

Spitzer Space Telescope retired NASA has officially retired the Spitzer Space Telescope. The Spitzer Space Telescope viewed the universe in the infrared spectrum, discovering parts of the universe that are not visible to more conventional telescopes that rely on visible light, such as the Hubble Tele...

The Invisible Anarchist: The Coronavirus, and what you need to know

Grocery store shelves in Ventura are emptied by shoppers due to COVID-19 panic.

Zen Li, Writer

March 19, 2020

In Dec. of 2017, the city of Ventura wore face masks to protect themselves from the destruction of the Thomas Fire. Three years later, the world would don masks yet again in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  The World Health Organization declared the novel Coronavirus a global pandemic and there h...

The Science Hub: fish in the Congo River, Betelgeuse, new treatment for anxiety

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Thomas Weldele, Naomi Schmitt, and Alex Dodos

January 20, 2020

Fish in the Congo Over a decade before research on the river was presented at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union this winter, an unknown species of pale and blind fish were found dead in the Lower Congo River.  Scientists would occasionally find a species of cichlid washed up with decom...

The Science Hub: Fall Edition

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Thomas Weldele, Andrew Lee, and Naomi Schmitt

November 28, 2019

Leaves changing colors Every year, in the fall, trees change from their normal green to a brilliant display of red, yellow and orange. Though this change may seem magical, the reasoning behind it is simple: the end of daylight savings and colder temperatures. Once the length of daylight shortens and ...

The Science Hub: research on death, new dwarf planet, U.S. to leave Paris climate accord

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Thomas Weldele, Naomi Schmitt, and Alex Dodos

November 9, 2019

New research on the nature of death They say the brain is the most important organ in your body—according to the brain. The brain has such a big ego, in fact, that it is incapable of acknowledging its own mortality.  Researchers at Israel's Bar Ilan University monitored the brains of subjects shown a series...

The Science Hub: social media study, Nobel Prizes, firefighting foam contamination

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Thomas Weldele, Naomi Schmitt, and Alex Dodos

October 30, 2019

Stop demonizing screen time and start getting more sleepy time A talking point we have all heard by now is that social media and phones are rupturing the social fabric and making people, especially young people, more depressed and disconnected.  To explore this connection, England’s Department of...

The Science Hub: California water levels, Momias de Guanajuato, Starship

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Thomas Weldele, Naomi Schmitt, and Jimena Perez

October 10, 2019

Average Water Levels in California After a rain-filled winter, courtesy of numerous atmospheric rivers, California is sitting above an average amount of water for this time of year at a large majority of lakes, especially compared to last year. Throughout the entirety of the state, water levels are 128% ...

The Science Hub: vaping related illness, benefits of GMOs, failed Indian moon landing

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Thomas Weldele and Naomi Schmitt

September 11, 2019

The Science Hub is back with more science-based news, this time with a section by guest writer, Avidh Bavkar '20. The Vape Problem Six deaths, over 480 cases of a mysterious illness, stretching across 39 states; vaping stands at the center of it all.  Since the first death recorded in Illinois on...

The Science Hub: telescope controversy, amazon rainforest fires, northern white rhinos

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Thomas Weldele, Naomi Schmitt, and Matthew Godfrey

August 28, 2019

The Science Hub returns after a summer hiatus for more science news, including a section by guest writer, Matthew Godfrey. Telescope Controversy From submerged base to summit, Mauna Kea stands taller than even Everest; isolated in the Pacific, sheltered from light pollution, and trademark Hawaiian skie...

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

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Thomas Weldele, Rachel Chang, and Jonathan Soriano

June 9, 2019

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

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Thomas Weldele, Rachel Chang, and Jonathan Soriano

May 22, 2019

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, an update on California's frequent rainfall.

Thomas Weldele, Writer

May 19, 2019

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...

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