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The Case Against Fracking

The Case Against Fracking

Matty Hack

April 18, 2016


Filed under SCIENCE, VOICE

The state of Oklahoma is experiencing what could reasonably be dubbed an earthquake epidemic. Over 3,000 earthquakes have been reported in the state over the past year alone — far more than in California over the same period. They are frequent enough that my cousin, who lives in Oklahoma, has become...

Forsythe Science Fair

Forsythe Science Fair

Madie Gracey

February 23, 2016


Filed under SCIENCE

   One of the largest science fairs in Michigan was held in one of Ann Arbor’s very own middle schools. Forsythe Middle School has around 650 to 680 participants each year. Since 1985, parents and teachers have dedicated their time to make the fair possible.    All students are required to enter a pr...

Leading and Learning

Leading and Learning

Kate Burns

February 23, 2016


Filed under SCIENCE

A small child ran her fingers along mock whale teeth as her mother listened to Delaney Smith, a docent at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, speak about the purposes of these different types of teeth. The young child and her mother came to the Museum of Natural History on Su...

“Just Not a Math Person”

“Just Not a Math Person”

Matty Hack

February 8, 2016


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE

Sanelma Heinonen only worked at Kumon for one day before quitting. Heinonen, a Pioneer High School senior, describes math as beautiful, but felt that the teaching she saw that day only taught kids to dislike the subject. “I just hated seeing what they were doing to the kids,” Heinonen said. “They...

Genetic Testing: why the choice to get tested is a big one

Genetic Testing: why the choice to get tested is a big one

Audrey Jeffords

February 4, 2016


Filed under LIFE, SCIENCE

   Before she lost two sisters to ALS, Mary Roose had already decided she wouldn’t get genetic testing for the disease in a quaint exam room at her doctor’s office. She had been asking about testing for Alzheimer’s, but the answer her doctor gave her changed her mind almost indefinitely. Her d...

Second Time’s The Charm

Second Time’s The Charm

Alex Shaw

January 20, 2016


Filed under SCIENCE

The arena gates for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition field open and students carry in six robots. Three on the red side form the Red Alliance and three on the blue side form the Blue Alliance. After placing the 120-pound metal robots in exact loca...

Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus Discusses Molecular Biology, Opossums

Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus Discusses Molecular Biology, Opossums

Matty Hack

November 16, 2015


Filed under NEWS, SCIENCE

On Oct. 30, over 300 people poured into the Rackham Auditorium fourth floor amphitheater to attend Nobel Laureate Martin Karplus’s seminar, despite the strict seating capacity of 227. Frazzled ushers appeared on stage, announcing that anyone who had not found a seat had to leave immediately. Dozen...

Teach Ecological Literacy in Schools

Teach Ecological Literacy in Schools

Matty Hack

November 13, 2015


Filed under FRONT PAGE, SCIENCE, VOICE

An often-repeated statistic is that the average American can name 1,000 corporate brands, but only 10 plants native to their region. Even though this fact has become overused, it should still be alarming. A consequence of urbanization has been an increased disconnect between Americans and nature. Americans...

Should We Clone Extinct Species?

Should We Clone Extinct Species?

Matty Hack and Anurima Kumar

May 26, 2015


Filed under SCIENCE, VOICE

Among the fake scientific controversies that abound in American politics -- for example, whether global warming is real or a myth perpetrated by universities -- scientific innovation is bringing about new, legitimate controversies. Until recently, the concept of bringing extinct species back to life...

CHS Physics Heads for Cedar Point

CHS Physics Heads for Cedar Point

Dan Metzler and Devin Weeks

May 14, 2015


Filed under NEWS, SCHOOL, SCIENCE

On a windy Tuesday morning, the Community High physics classes prepare to take off on their way to Sandusky, Ohio.  ...

Humor and Health, “Take 2 Jokes and Call Me in the Morning”

Humor and Health, “Take 2 Jokes and Call Me in the Morning”

Anurima Kumar, Science Editor

February 27, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE

The modern barrage of cons for watching TV can now be countered by the number one hit comedy in the United States: The Big Bang Theory. When people sit down to watch the show, they forget their anxieties and sympathize with the characters. They can relate to the show, but they may not know that humor...

New Faces in FOS

New Faces in FOS

Marianne Cowherd

January 30, 2015


Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE

David Caine owns no purple shirts. “There were 14 years of purging that color,” said Caine, who in the fall came from Huron to take over FOS 4. And while it was an adjustment to get used to everything from casual violet to Pioneer athletic gear after years of green and gold, the curriculum switch...

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