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Opportunity: remembering the life of the lost Mars Rover

Jack Wassik, Sci/Tech Editor

February 22, 2019

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NASA officials declared that the Opportunity Rover, which landed on Mars back in 2003, is officially beyond communication and repair, or, as many on the internet have claimed, “dead.” Many on social media have expressed ...

Measles outbreak in Ukraine sparks vaccine debate in America

Charlotte Mineo, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019

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In 2018, approximately 54,000 Ukrainian citizens contracted measles. Meredith Wadman writes for Science, explaining that these infections represent nearly two-thirds of the measles cases in Europe. Nataliya Vynnyk, a Ukrainian p...

Images of Ultima Thule bring insight into planet formation

Jack Wassik, Sci/Tech Editor

February 13, 2019

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It was announced in 2014, after the New Horizons spacecraft passed Pluto, that there was a new object that the craft could reach with its remaining fuel. That object was Ultima Thule (or MU69), meaning “beyond known world...

Nanoparticle vaccines may require a sugar coating in the future

Charlotte Mineo, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

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Traditionally, vaccines take the form of viral proteins, killed viral samples or weakened live viruses. While this approach has been successful for illnesses like the flu or measles, the World Health Organization describes vac...

Curiosity rover helps analyze rock density for Mount Sharp

Jack Wassik, Sci/Tech Editor

February 11, 2019

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The Mars rovers are some of mankinds’ farthest-traveling machines. With four successful Mars rovers, each more advanced than the next, they are making important discoveries about Mars’ atmosphere, surface, geology and environme...

Increasing numbers of sea pickles may serve as a warning

Charlotte Mineo, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019

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In 2017, fishermen, researchers and others enjoying the waters of the Pacific Coast noticed unprecedented numbers of pyrosomes, also called sea pickles. Two years ago, researchers were able to harvest nearly 60,000 pyrosomes wit...

Prosecco may be destroying the soil of northeastern Italy

Jack Wassik, Sci/Tech Editor

February 2, 2019

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Italy has been known for its wine for centuries, dating all the way back to the Roman Empire. However, a report published at the beginning of January estimates that Prosecco production is depleting northeastern Italy of its soil....

How the government shutdown is took its toll on science

Charlotte Mineo, Staff Writer

February 2, 2019

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During the 36-day government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018, nonessential government programs shuttered their doors. This included the National Science Foundation (NSF). Included in the nearly 800,000 government worke...

Researchers Test Out New Theories for Future Space Farming

Jack Wassik, Sci/Tech Editor

January 23, 2019

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The prospect of traveling to Mars in recent years has moved from science fiction to reality as organizations including NASA and SpaceX try to find ways to travel and eventually colonize the red planet. Among the many steps in order to achi...

Chemotherapy Patients Find Relief From Newly 3D Printed Sponges

Charlotte Mineo, Staff Writer

January 23, 2019

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A three-centimeter long 3D printed “sponge” has shown promise in reducing the off-target side effects of chemotherapy. Researchers from the lab of Dr. Steve Hetts studied these devices in pigs and found that 58 to 70 percent...

New iPhone and Apple watch released: everything you need to know

Kartik Nath

September 19, 2018

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As per schedule, Apple unveiled a brand-new array of iPhones in their annual September event in Cupertino on Wednesday, September 12. The successors to the iPhone X, the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max were announced, while an ...

Maritime mining: possible solution to world’s resource fear

Charlotte Mineo

September 19, 2018

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Barren, desolate, boring you might hear a friend describe the open ocean in this way. It would be easy to assume that nothing much occurs there besides fishing and pollution. Historically, those are the only activities that...

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