DNA Technology Brings New Debates

By: Kayla Stephensen Recent developments in DNA technology bring new ethical debates to the table. The arresting of the suspected Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, made many users of popular genetics sites worried. The police made a false profile on GEDmatch with DNA from one of the crime scenes and found a match on the site. The co-founders insisted that the company was not … Continue reading DNA Technology Brings New Debates

BHS Safety Protocols: How We Keep Students Safe

By: Sara Wolf On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School experienced loss beyond what can be expressed with words. They experienced the horrific situation that sits atop a student and staff member’s list of fears, arguably the worst scenario to take place within school walls: a school shooting. Fourteen students and three staff members lost their lives to bullets fired by former Stoneman Douglas … Continue reading BHS Safety Protocols: How We Keep Students Safe

Reboot of the Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

By: Chelsea Cozad After the 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, several efforts were attempted to find the airplane and 239 missing persons aboard. Last January, Australian officials indefinitely suspended any further search attempts, although pieces of debris believed to have come from the plane washed up on the shores of Madagascar, Réunion Island and Tanzania. Last Wednesday, things changed when an independent American … Continue reading Reboot of the Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Radium Found in Americans’ Tap Water

by Chelsea Cozad Many Americans assume that their tap water is completely safe from harsh chemicals and compounds. However, the tap water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contain the cancer-causing compound radium. The Environmental Protection Agency has labeled 5 picocuries per liter (pCi/L)–a picocurie is a measure of radioactive decay–as the legal limit of the amount of radium that can … Continue reading Radium Found in Americans’ Tap Water

Opinion: The President is Stealing Our Land

by Ryan Westergaard On December 4, President Trump downsized two national monuments by over one million acres. The Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments reside in Utah and comprise millions of acres of the most beautiful and pristine land in the country. It is commonly used for hiking, camping, exploring, rock climbing, and many other outdoor activities. This area acts to preserve species … Continue reading Opinion: The President is Stealing Our Land

Our Moon Has Many Names; What Do They Entail?

By: Kayla Stephensen How many times have you heard about some exciting and rare lunar occurrence in the sky? Keep reading for the meanings behind a supermoon, blood moon, blue moon, black moon, strawberry moon and harvest moon. A supermoon usually means that the moon is full when it is at its perigee, or closest point to the Earth along its orbit. It is not … Continue reading Our Moon Has Many Names; What Do They Entail?

Rare Mid-Atlantic Earthquake hits Delaware

By: Chelsea Cozad Residents of Dover, Delaware, were shocked by a rare earthquake that hit at about 4:45 on Thursday afternoon, November 30. It registered at a 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale and was found to have originated about 6 miles northeast of Dover. Although no damage or injuries were reported, many residents felt the vibrations of the earthquake, some as far away as … Continue reading Rare Mid-Atlantic Earthquake hits Delaware

Recently Found Star System Holds Exciting Possibilities

By: Kayla Stephensen Trappist-1, a recently discovered star system, is 40 light years away and contains 7 earth sized planets. Most if not all have the potential for holding water. Among these exoplanets, 3 of them are in habitable reach of their star, an ultra-cool dwarf. Due to the extremely low temperature of the star, all of Trappist-1’s planets are within the distance between our … Continue reading Recently Found Star System Holds Exciting Possibilities

Puerto Rican Migration Affects Florida

By: Kayla Stephensen Category 5 Hurricane Maria battered already worn out Puerto Rico months after Hurricane Irma, another Category 5, hit. This is resulting in one of the largest migrations to Florida from Puerto Rico in such a small amount of time, specifically to the city of Orlando. Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County comments, “We’re one of the fastest-growing regions in the county. We’ve … Continue reading Puerto Rican Migration Affects Florida