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A large portion of modern technology relies on open-source packages, or software and applications that are available to the public.

Unsung heroes fuel the software industry

by Arjun Barrett, Asst. STEM Editor December 2, 2021

Building a custom app or website involves writing, testing and maintaining thousands of lines of code. Even experts with decades of experience struggle to create software on their own. Since writing code...

The androgynous children seem to belong to their own world, mirroring Nara’s own experiences of reconciling with himself. Nara’s paintings project a strong sense of solitary introspection, as if they hail from an entirely different mind—one alive with the childlike ability to lose oneself completely in a state of flow.

Off The Walls: Yoshitomo Nara builds sweet and sinister world

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief December 2, 2021

Why does Yoshitomo Nara’s work hold such an enchanting power to stick in the mind? Although at first glance the faces of his bulbous-faced, doe-eyed children may seem sweet and innocent, there’s something...

The San Francisco Giants face the Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow night in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS series. This column explores a fan’s perspective on the Giants’ legendary 2021 season.

Bringing back orange and black: A historic season

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor October 13, 2021

When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on an October evening in 2014, I was in ballet class in Fremont, with my left hand resting on a barre and my right toe tracing the floor. My fellow ballerinas...

Known for canvases dripping with emotion and depth, artist Hung Liu gave voice to those who have been forgotten—immigrants, migrant workers and laborers—and made their stories beautiful. Through Liu’s eyes, we see a humble shoemaker woman illuminated as the subject of an ethereal composition.

Off The Walls: In memoriam, life and legacy of artist Hung Liu

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2021

Known for canvases dripping with emotion and depth, artist Hung Liu gave voice to those who have been forgotten—immigrants, migrant workers and laborers—and made their stories beautiful. A pillar of...

Swift’s career over the past decade or so has been defined by bright, showy music videos and star-studded live performances complete with pyrotechnics and magnificent displays. Current pandemic limitations have obviously altered the entertainment landscape, but Swift’s latest albums are proof that her genius lies not with the flamboyance of Hollywood but with the heart of her success: songwriting.

The mastermind of Taylor Swift, ever more a transcendent musician

by Varsha Rammohan, Editor-in-chief December 14, 2020

She’s done it again. In the last sixteen months, singer-songwriter and all-around musical vanguard Taylor Swift has released 56 new songs, six music videos, three feature-length films and two albums....

Take a step back from the chaos of the election. Limit your intake of news and social media pre-and-post election. Encourage positive conversations rather than heated debates over partisan topics. Practice relaxation techniques, be it yoga, meditation or anything else.

Staying Healthy with Saloni: Election edition

by Saloni Shah, Humans of Harker Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2020

How many times a day do you read political tweets? How many times do you scroll through Instagram posts encouraging you to vote one way or the other? How many times have your conversations with friends...

Saloni Shah (10) discusses health and mental wellness in her new column, Staying Healthy with Saloni.

Staying healthy with Saloni: Get some sleep!

by Saloni Shah, Columnist December 9, 2018

Why can’t we be like wild African elephants? For real, they only sleep for two hours a day. That would leave us 22 hours in the day to accomplish everything on our to-do list, so we wouldn’t go...

Some opportunities for citizen science include Agent Exoplanet, Project BudBurst, Mark2Cure, Christmas Bird Count, the Citizen Weather Observer Program and Cyanotracker.

Keep up the progress

by Jin Tuan, STEM columnist and lifestyle editor December 7, 2018

Scientists work hard to come up with breakthrough after breakthrough. Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising step into the future, but like any other solution proposed, they aren’t the be-all and end-all...

Patients wait at the check-in counter. The flu season typically starts in December, peaks in February and ends in April.

Staying Healthy with Saloni: Flu Shot Season

by Saloni Shah, Asst. Humans of Harker Editor and Features Columnist November 17, 2018

“Hey Alexa, open Flu Doctor, ” I said. Did you know that the app Flu Doctor has tons of information available on flu to promote flu vaccines using smart speakers and home-based AI? I definitely didn’t. It’s...

Designer Mimi Tran, center, poses after her fashion show on Aug. 25.

So you want to be a fashion designer?

by Helen Yang, Columnist September 3, 2018

Mimi Tran’s journey to becoming a fashion designer began when she was barely old enough to form sentences. Now, she owns a store in Santana Row and works with the stylists of celebrities like Lady Gaga,...

Saloni Shah (10) discusses health and mental wellness in her new column, Staying Healthy with Saloni.

Staying Healthy with Saloni: A new column on health and wellness

by Saloni Shah, Columnist and Assistant Humans of Harker Editor September 1, 2018

Dear Eagles, Welcome back from your exotic vacations, summer classes, travel tournaments, research labs, jobs, volunteer projects or whatever else Harker students do during summer! It’s time to kick...

Kick Back with Kushal: Just Another Usual Unusual NBA Offseason

Kick Back with Kushal: Just Another Usual Unusual NBA Offseason

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist August 31, 2018

Just during the 2017-2018 NBA offseason, the NBA was, to put it simply, reassembled. Four teams -- the Boston Celtics, the Oklahoma City (OKC) Thunder, the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans...

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