Colorectal cancer incidence rising among younger generations
Mar11

Colorectal cancer incidence rising among younger generations

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer With the Relay for Life here on the Gettysburg College campus quickly approaching on March 24-25, there has been an increase in fundraising events for the most prominent forms of cancer: breast, testicular and lung cancer. New research, however, suggests that younger generations should instead be more watchful for colon and rectal cancer, with studies showing an uptick in diagnoses increasing for every...

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Harry Potter meets science: scientists name crab after Harry Potter character
Mar04

Harry Potter meets science: scientists name crab after Harry Potter character

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer In the depths of the waters of Guam, scientists had discovered a translucent crab, where it has remained relatively unknown for the past sixteen years. In early 2001, an up and coming researcher named Harry Conley was scuba diving when he found this pale crab burrowed deep in reef rocks. It was on this trip that he brought two of these tiny specimens, both roughly a few millimeters across, back to a...

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Researchers say they have created metal hydrogen, but critics are skeptical
Feb10

Researchers say they have created metal hydrogen, but critics are skeptical

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer On January 26 2017, in the midst of an array of news about the presidency, Science featured an article that claimed scientists had finally achieved the goal of turning hydrogen into a metal. Researchers from Harvard University claim that under a pressure 4.9 million times that of atmospheric pressure, they observed a shiny quality to hydrogen: one of the defining features of a metal. This, they say, is...

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Pickled dinosaur: First fossilized dinosaur brain discovered
Dec08

Pickled dinosaur: First fossilized dinosaur brain discovered

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer Dinosaur smarts were a mystery — until now. Researchers in the United Kingdom claim to have found the first fossilized dinosaur brain, leading to more concrete information about the external “plumbing” of the brain. Believed to be about 133 million years old, the fist-sized brain was discovered in a tidal pool in southern England. The brain would have been buried in sediment at the time when the...

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The quick rundown on the record breaking supermoon
Nov15

The quick rundown on the record breaking supermoon

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer November 14 was a pretty big day. On this night, the moon was the biggest it has been in almost 70 years, January 1948, and it will not be this big again until the year 2024. On the eve of November 14, this “supermoon” was around 30 percent bigger and 14 percent brighter than the average full moon. So how does a supermoon form? The moon has an elliptical orbit which means that are at one side,...

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