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The growing risk of climate refugees

The growing risk of climate refugees

by Srinath Somasundaram, Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

Climate change has forced many in disaster prone areas such as Puerto Rico to leave their homes, causing the number of environmental refugees to grow. An increasing number of climate refugees have been witnessed in countries stretching from South-east Asia, with its heavy monsoons, to Africa, with its lar...

Math Club prepares to compete in upcoming Princeton University Math Competition

Math Club prepares to compete in upcoming Princeton University Math Competition

by Saloni Shah, Reporter

November 15, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

The Math Club will compete in Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC) on Nov. 18. PUMaC is a student-run math competition organized since 2006 to motivate high school students to both enjoy the study of and foster a love for mathematics. About 70 teams from across the nation participate...

Senior Swapnil Garg and junior Katherine Tian named Siemens national finalists

Senior Swapnil Garg and junior Katherine Tian named Siemens national finalists

by Sara Yen, Reporter

November 13, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

The Siemens Foundation named senior Swapnil Garg and junior Katherine Tian as national finalists in this year’s Siemens competition on Monday at 9 a.m. In each of six regions, up to ten projects were selected as regional finalists, and from there, one individual project and one team project move...

Daylight saving time: What, why and when

Daylight saving time: What, why and when

by Kaidi Dai, Reporter

November 8, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

This year’s daylight saving time began on Mar. 13, when people set their clocks forward an hour, and ended on Sunday, Nov. 5, when people did the opposite. Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of setting time forward an hour so there can be more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings....

Astronomers detect neutron star merger for the first time

Astronomers detect neutron star merger for the first time

by Jin Tuan, Reporter

November 5, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

Scientists detected a neutron star merger for the first time on Aug. 17 using two different methods of signal detection. The neutron star merger, also known as a kilonova, sent signals that set off antennae and sensors that alerted scientists to a potential detection. This time, however, the collision...

Research club begins new lecture series

Research club begins new lecture series

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

The Research Club’s new lecture series officially began with Rajiv Movva’s (12) presentation on the biology and ethics of gene editing last Friday in Nichols Auditorium. In his lecture, Movva first reviewed general information on genomes before explaining how CRISPR-Cas9, a gene editing tool, can...

Siemens regional finalists announced today

Siemens regional finalists announced today

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

Two upper school students were named regional finalists for the 2017 Siemens Competition today. 101 regional finalists from across the country were selected from the 491 semifinalists announced yesterday. Swapnil Garg (12) and Katherine Tian (11) are two of 11 regional finalists in California. Th...

Siemens semifinalists announced today

Siemens semifinalists announced today

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

October 17, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

Ten upper school students were named semifinalists for the Siemens Competition today. The Siemens Foundation posted the list of 491 semifinalists online this morning. Seniors Amy Dunphy, Swapnil Garg and Amy Jin; juniors Erin Liu, Ashwin Rammohan, Katherine Tian, Laura Wu and Katherine Zhang; and sop...

Alaska trip students present at first human ecology showcase

Alaska trip students present at first human ecology showcase

by Jin Tuan, Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, STEM

The 12 students who took the human ecology course taught by physics teacher Chris Spenner and biology teacher Dr. Kate Schafer last year and attended the Alaska trip last summer presented at the first human ecology showcase held Monday evening in Nichols Auditorium. The students explored multiple viewpoints on...

Batteries: The dangers and how to prevent them

Batteries: The dangers and how to prevent them

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Global Editor

October 14, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

A small fire ignited in the robotics room last Wednesday night with evidence pointing towards a charging battery as the cause. Two types of batteries were in the robotics supply room closet when the fire broke out: standard batteries and lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are notorious for spar...

All Nobel laureates announced by Nobel Foundation

All Nobel laureates announced by Nobel Foundation

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

October 14, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

For many students, working on a single project for three or four years would reflect great dedication. But what kind of drive is required to work on a project for decades? For Dr. Barry Barish, Nobel laureate in Physics, it took patience and a will to make a change. “We’ve been working on [our research] in...

From Clicks to Bricks: Amazon expands customer experience by opening bookstores

From Clicks to Bricks: Amazon expands customer experience by opening bookstores

by Prameela Kottapalli and Saloni Shah

October 12, 2017


Filed under STEM, Winged Post

Before Amazon, inc., was the largest internet retailer in the world, it was an online bookstore. In 1995, CEO Jeff Bezos made the company’s very first sale–a book entitled “Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies”– out of his own garage, and in the following years, Amazon diversified to provide sh...

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