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Back Lawn beautification: Ecology Club’s new garden

Back Lawn beautification: Ecology Club’s new garden

May 19, 2019

“There’s nothing better than working in the dirt on a sunny day,” Courtney Kiley, the Ecology Club leader said. And on May 14 and 15, 2019, the club did just that. They set out to plant more than 11 hundred native species in the back lawn with shovels, potted plants, and a will to get their hands d...

High schoolers in the lab

High schoolers in the lab

Mori Ono

May 5, 2019

One morning, in the spring of her sophomore year, senior Julia Ammer stepped into the University of Michigan’s Hammer Laboratory on a field trip organized by Marcy McCormick. There, the group dissected a mouse and ran gel electrophoresis, a process that lines up DNA according to size. Ammer’s in...

Structure of Space Life Contest entry

Structure of Space Life Contest entry

Josh Boland

May 5, 2019

Mori Ono, a sophomore at Community High School (CHS) and a participant in the National Space Society Space Settlement Contest, submitted his second entry in February. The contest asks participants to create a space settlement that exists freely in space without attaching to a planet or the moon. La...

Stop science-splaining

Stop science-splaining

Nina van der Velde

December 9, 2018

The look on Bill Nye’s face as conservative commentator Tucker Carlson interrupts him, for the umpteenth time, to question his basic knowledge of climate science is both painful and all too familiar. In a ten-minute segment on his show, Carlson repeatedly laughs in Nye’s face and denounces his credibil...

Lower Town apartments for upper class residents

Lower Town apartments for upper class residents

Vladimir Kuklev

October 20, 2018

Those who took a FOS 1 class have all done a project of thinking about developing the Lower Town plot of land. It seemed that the plot of land would remain by the name of "People’s Park". Recently, there was a new herd of animals in the park: construction equipment. “It was not the best use of...

Should We Worry About North Korean Civilian Nuclear Power?

Should We Worry About North Korean Civilian Nuclear Power?

Miles Klapthor

April 26, 2018

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea currently relies on primarily hydropower to power their dysfunctional society. The only problem is that their electricity generation is therefore affected by precipitation levels. Naturally, they would be considering nuclear power as a result. After all, t...

The Chernobyl Incident

The Chernobyl Incident

Miles Klapthor

April 26, 2018

In Pripyat, Ukraine, stands a monument bearing Vladimir Lenin’s name. However, for most of the world, the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station is known simply as Chernobyl, representing not the leader of a revolution, but rather the disastrous effects of flawed nuclear reactor design and human error. ...

Pro-Choice not Pro-Choosing: Down Syndrome in Iceland

Pro-Choice not Pro-Choosing: Down Syndrome in Iceland

Cammi Tirico

April 8, 2018

Last week I read something horrifying: 99.9 percent of fetuses diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted in Iceland.   Yes, I am a strong believer in pro-choice ideals, and that women should have the right to choose if they have an abortion or not. But this is treading a very thin line — the line...

A Unicorn Surgeon

A Unicorn Surgeon

Abigail Gaies

November 4, 2017

The phrase “as rare as a unicorn” can be used to describe Jennifer Romano’s career: she is a self-proclaimed “part time” pediatric heart surgeon. She is also the mother of two children: Maximillian, four, and Allegra, two. She has to choose between these jobs sometimes. During our interview...

Clowns of The Sea

Clowns of The Sea

Sam Ciesielski

June 6, 2017

In 1973, Stephen W. Cress and the National Audubon Society (NAS) began Project Puffin, with the goal of restoring the Atlantic puffin population along the coast of Maine. NAS work across seven different islands, monitoring and conserving the population of Puffins and various other seabirds. Duri...

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