Jupiter-orbiting satellite Juno to return to Earth
Apr26

Jupiter-orbiting satellite Juno to return to Earth

By Graham Alabdulla, Staff Writer Jupiter, the largest planet, and gas giant in the solar system is also the fifth planet from the Sun. Due to some of its known properties including its highly radioactive atmosphere and magnetosphere as well as many of its unknown aspects, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) started planning the satellite Juno to monitor the planet’s atmosphere and other related anomalies in 2011....

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Biosphere hosts “Science in Politics” panel
Apr25

Biosphere hosts “Science in Politics” panel

By Aphra Murray, Staff Writer On Wednesday, April 12, Biosphere hosted a “Science in Politics” panel. This event was timed so as to coordinate with a wider political involvement of the public, the March for Science that is to take place April 22, 2017. It is expected that roughly 80 students from Biosphere, Sceptical Chymists and other science-related extra-curricular clubs will be attending. Given the avid participation of these 80...

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Great Barrier Reef in jeopardy due to climate change
Apr24

Great Barrier Reef in jeopardy due to climate change

By Sam Siomko, Staff Writer When we were kids, Pixar’s Finding Nemo brought us up close and personal to a thriving coral reef in Australia filled with quirky little tropical fish who made the reef their home. Since that movie’s release, people across the world have begun to take an interest in the Great Barrier Reef, a place most people could only dream about visiting. Running along the north-east coast of Australia, this reef is the...

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Smartphones  shaping brains
Apr10

Smartphones shaping brains

By Kayla Britt, MS&T Editor Every new advent of technology – the telegraph, the landline phone, the Internet – has shaped the human brain in unique ways. But researchers believe that the latest piece of technology, the smartphone, is different. University of California, Santa Cruz psychologist Benjamin Storm links this to the vast quantity of information we now have easy access to. In one study, college students were given a mix...

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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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Scientific article suggests that the Earth is, in fact, flat
Apr01

Scientific article suggests that the Earth is, in fact, flat

By Sam Siomko, Staff Writer It was long thought that the Earth, much like the maps which we used to navigate it, was flat. This theory stemmed from the only evidence that early civilization had. They noticed that things did not always roll one way or the other, and the horizon looked pretty straight to them. So they concluded that the planet had to be flat. This was followed by theories of monsters and beasts that lurked on the edges...

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