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

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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

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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

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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 teacher Emily Hunt drops a student’s egg contraption.

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

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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, an update on California's frequent rainfall.

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

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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...

Why you should @#$!*% cuss

Swearing is simply a natural part of life that has been suppressed by our social constructs.

Matthew Godfrey, Writer

January 31, 2019

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

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January 23, 2019

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...

The Science Hub: environmental effects of government shutdown, white supremacy in science, galactic collision

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Rachel Chang, Jonathan Soriano, and Thomas Weldele

January 9, 2019

Environment Impacts on National Parks due to Government Shutdown A lack of funding for the National Parks, due to the prolonged government shutdown, caused many National Parks to be open with a fraction of the normal number of rangers working within the park.  As a result, many of the famous Nati...

The Science Hub: fetal tissue debates, Geminid meteor shower, climate change and Virgin Galactic spacecraft

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Rachel Chang, Matthew Godfrey, Jonathan Soriano, Thomas Weldele, Science

December 19, 2018

Trump is cracking down on human fetal tissue use In part of an effort to curtail the usage of human fetal tissue in medical research, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a letter last week to the University of California, San Francisco that warned the approaching cut of a typically annually-renewed grant for fetal tissue. The usage of fetal tissue ...

The Science Hub: Quantum computers, UN Climate Summit, Christmas trees and genetically-modified babies

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The Science Section

December 5, 2018

The Science Hub is a bimonthly segment that will update you on the most important scientific events within the categories of astronomy, medicine, environment and miscellaneous. [divider]Quantum computer, please[/divider] Quantum computers are taking computer technology back to room size apparat...

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