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In 2023 alone, over 10,000 research papers were withdrawn, setting a new global record. Journals subject papers to stringent review processes facilitated by expert peer reviewers, but many procedural and factual errors still manage to slip past inattentive editors, threatening to damage the reputation of legitimate scientific research.

Science has an integrity problem

by Mihir Kotbagi, Assistant STEM Editor April 8, 2024

Science, long held as the epitome of truth and objectivity, is facing an integrity crisis, with a growing number of retractions calling into question the reliability of published research and shaking...

Last-minute merges at the entrance before school or improper turns onto the highway and Saratoga Avenue as students and parents leave school constitute a danger to the community. With only one entrance and exit to campus, drivers often make unsafe decisions to save time.

Editorial: Irresponsible driving endangers community

by Editorial Board March 28, 2024

The final school bell chimes at 3 p.m. Within minutes, students flood Harker’s loading zones, and traffic slows while cars fill the exit lanes. As the traffic lights switch to green, a turning car suddenly...

Capturing the attention of viewers across the world, dating shows have risen in popularity due to the endless petty drama, emotional conversations and of course, countless swoon-worthy moments. The seemingly perfect relationships appear too good to be true and in most cases, they are.

True love? Couples should dump dating shows

by Charlize Wang March 28, 2024

One word. Four letters. A world of meaning behind it. For some, it’s embodied in their high school classmate, admired secretly from across the classroom. For others, it’s sought through online dating...

When I am tired, done with all my other random iPhone games and having absolutely nothing to do, I go for The New York Times but not for the news. Instead, for the plethora of games that catch my attention, from Connections to Wordle to the Mini Crossword.

Friday Five: New York Times games

by Sidak Sanghari, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor March 15, 2024

We all have that one app we open when the boredom crisis reaches a different level of extreme. When I am tired, done with all my other random iPhone games and having absolutely nothing to do, I go for...

With my experience in selling these special cookies, these five are my favorite Girl Scout cookies of all time.

Friday Five: Girl Scout cookies

by Janam Chahal, Assistant News Editor March 8, 2024

In the spirit of Girl Scout cookie season, which runs from Jan. 29 to March 17, I will be ranking my top five Girl Scout cookie selections. I was once a Girl Scout, so these flavorful, unique cookies will...

Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have served in the highest political offices. They are all over the age of 75.

Age discrepancy in government fails our democracy

by Isabella Lo, Co-Opinions Editor February 27, 2024

Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have served in the highest political offices. They are all over the age of 75. Each of them have struggled with their age at times with Biden’s gaffes, Trump’s...

The exorbitant prices that Apple charges for basic upgrades to memory and storage mean that Windows devices often offer superior performance at a more affordable price.

The Apple ain’t so green: Windows laptops take a bite out of Apple

by Mihir Kotbagi, Assistant STEM Editor February 19, 2024

As I walk around the upper school campus, I see hundreds of space-gray, silver and rose-gold Macbooks being used for tasks ranging from writing essays to debugging software projects. However, despite their...

Outside Dobbins or in the Main hallway, friends huddle together in groups, exchanging information on an imminent exam. Most students would not consider this cheating, despite clearly violating the honor code.

Editorial: Cheating shapes culture of unhealthy competition

by Editorial Board February 9, 2024

A calculus test question for an English one, or an AP United States History multiple choice answer for the physics free response. Outside Dobbins or in the Main hallway, friends huddle together in groups,...

Social media and online trends’ growing popularity isolates Generation Alpha from the childhoods of generations before and instills a desire to appear older than one’s true age.

10-year-olds at Sephora reveal dangers of social media

by Charlize Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor February 3, 2024

When I look back on my childhood, certain precious and routine moments spring to mind. American Girl dolls wrapped neatly under the Christmas tree. The loud clicking of plastic Disney princess heels on...

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