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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Storm Watch

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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