Cassini Spacecraft Melts Orbiting Saturn
Oct11

Cassini Spacecraft Melts Orbiting Saturn

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer At 4:55 AM PDT on September 15, hundreds of scientists stood by as their precious, years-long project literally fell to pieces. Tragic as it may sound, the scientists were prepared – they knew this day was coming. Instead of weeping for what was lost, the researchers treasured the knowledge that had been gained, and, like true scientists, they moved on to the next big thing. This “lost project” was none...

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One of America’s Oldest Skeletons Stolen
Sep14

One of America’s Oldest Skeletons Stolen

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer Archaeologists rejoice! Last week, a human skeleton found in a Mexican cave was determined to be over 13,000 years old, making it one of the oldest human remains ever discovered on the American continents. The skeleton, believed to belong to a teenage boy, was discovered in the underwater Chan Hol Cave, near Tulúm on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. As if this finding was not enough, the recent history of the...

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Researchers find most cancers caused by genetic error
Apr28

Researchers find most cancers caused by genetic error

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer Every year in the United States, 1.6 million people become infected with cancer, with 600,000 of those cases being fatal. In such conditions, it is only natural to pin the blame on an outside source such as cigarette smoke, or solar radiation, or chemical contaminants in our food and water. Surely, we say, our own bodies cannot be that faulty. Yet according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University,...

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Primate brain complexity may be linked to fruit
Apr10

Primate brain complexity may be linked to fruit

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” as the old saying goes. The benefits of a fruit-rich diet for our physical health and well-being is considered common knowledge. Yet new research suggests that fruit may be a mental superfood as well — or at least it was to our primate relatives. According to a recent study, the increased size and complexity of certain primates’ brains may have...

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Fluorescent tree frog species glows in the dark
Mar26

Fluorescent tree frog species glows in the dark

By Emma Gruner, Staff Writer In this era of political ugliness, it is all too easy to become discouraged. As our world appears to crumble with the chaos around us, we find ourselves hoping for something fun, something whimsical, or something no one could be offended by. As it turns out, a team of scientists in Argentina discovered the solution: a glow-in-the-dark frog! Technically speaking, the term is fluorescent. Fluorescence is...

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