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Flying into the future with commercial drones

A drone carrying a camera hovers over grass. Besides military operations, drones have also been for topography and crop surveying.

by Catherine Huang

May 19, 2014

The whir of drone rotor blades may soon become commonplace in cities as more companies turn their focus to commercializing drone activities Commercial drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have already been used for photography, military operations, and surveying crops on farms. Companies such...

Mesh networking leads to greater flexibility

Nodes in a mesh network communicate with each other to gain access to the internet. Unlike a regular network, in which every node has direct access, mesh networks are more flexible and harder to cripple.

by Vineet Kosaraju

May 19, 2014

Recently, a new technology, known as mesh networking, has arisen, allowing users to route traffic and share internet connections throughout a neighborhood. Mesh networks have recently been helpful with promoting human rights, and can also help in natural disasters. Traditional Wi-Fi networks operate by all...

E-Textbooks revolutionize studying

Damon Aitken (12) studies for a test using physical textbooks, while Nicky Semenza (12) opts to use an iPad instead. Digital textbooks have become more prevalent among Upper School students since the administration allowed e-readers to be used in classrooms one year ago.

by Stanley Zhao and Stephanie Chen

May 19, 2014

As the digital world expands and e-books become increasingly popular for both recreation and education, many students at Harker are now choosing to use online textbooks and PDF files instead of physical copies. E-books are often more convenient than physical textbooks, as they are weightless and save spa...

SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX Dragon made history in 2012 by becoming the first commercial aircraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return to Earth. SpaceX, the private company that sponsors the aircraft, is currently revamping Dragon to hold crew.

by Mercedes Chien

May 16, 2014

Sponsored by SpaceX, a private company made to advance space technology, Dragon is the only functioning aircraft that can bring loads of cargo back to Earth safely from the International Space Station (ISS). According to the company’s website, Dragon’s last successful mission contained 2,300 pounds...

Release date of iPhones 5S and 5C looms, eliciting mixed student response

Release date of iPhones 5S and 5C looms, eliciting mixed student response

by Vedant Thyagaraj and Tara Parimi

November 1, 2013

Apple revamped its iPhone lineup on Sept. 10 with the introduction of two new phones, the iPhones 5S and relatively low-cost iPhone 5C. Several students seem to be quite enthusiastic about the new models. “Apple’s awesome! Way better than Samsung! I hope Apple stays at the top.” Nicolas Bean...

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