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Freshmen researchers reflect on engineering project to test types of biodegradable material

Freshmen Alice Feng and Arely Sun stand in front of an Environmental Engineering poster at the 2018 California Science and Engineering Fair. Their project, which eventually won first place, was titled “The Effect of Mushroom Species and Substrates on the Properties of a Novel Biodegradable Material: Mycelium.”

by Arya Maheshwari and Anmol Velagapudi

January 20, 2019

Attention to research at the upper school often focuses on the achievements of upperclassmen, like with the results of the recent Regeneron Science Talent Search. But research experience and success is not exclusive to only juniors and seniors: freshman Alice Feng, for her part, has already picked up...

Seniors named Regeneron scholars

Harker's 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars pose for a picture. From left to right: Cameron Jones, Natasha Maniar, Richard Wang, Ruhi Sayana, Katherine Tian, Cindy Wang and Ayush Alag, all seniors. Natasha, Ruhi, and Ayush were finalists as well.

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

January 11, 2019

Seven seniors — Ayush Alag, Cameron Jones, Natasha Maniar, Ruhi Sayana, Katherine Tian, Cindy Wang and Richard Wang — were named Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars on Wednesday. The science research competition selected 300 high school seniors in total from 1,964 entrants, awarding $2,000...

Exploring Virtual Worlds and Simulations

Exploring Virtual Worlds and Simulations

by Arya Maheshwari and Aditya Singhvi

December 10, 2018

Science fiction has long theorized about the existence of lifelike simulations, with movies like The Matrix (1999), Gamer (2009) and, most recently, Ready Player One (2018).  However, with the rise of virtual reality technology and the exponential growth of computers, many scientists and philosophers, including Elo...

The potential of Hydrogen

A rendition of an H2 molecule of the hydrogen gas used in fuel cells.

by Sara Yen and Jessie Wang

December 8, 2018

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, transportation, mainly cars and trucks, constitutes almost 30 percent of all global warming emissions in America. When discussing alternative zero emission energy sources, most people might first think of wind or solar power, but there’s a new source ...

Keep up the progress

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

by Jin Tuan, STEM columnist and lifestyle editor

December 8, 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 of solutions to sustainability. Hydrogen fuel, though relatively straightforward to use and cons...

Green Team hosts screening of environmental documentary

Students enjoy lunch and snacks while watching the environmental documentary. Green Team is hosting the screening of

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

November 17, 2018

The Green Team hosted a screening of the first part of the documentary, Tomorrow, on Nov. 14 in Diane Moss’ classroom to offer a unique outlook on the environmental issues that affect the planet and the feasible solutions people can implement as a response. "It is very different compared to other...

WiSTEM and Harker Horizon host speaker panel

Club officers ask questions to the panel guests today. The event was a joint effort between WiSTEM and Harker Horizon.

by Srinath Somasundaram, Opinion Editor

November 14, 2018

Four speakers answered questions about their experiences in high school, college and industry as women in STEM as part of a Horizon and WiSTEM club collaborative panel session today during lunch. The four speakers, Anooshree Sengupta, a class of ‘18 Harker alumna currently attending Stanford, Juliana...

WiSTEM holds club week to raise money and awareness for Kenyan non-profit

Suman Mohanty (10) holds up a

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

November 13, 2018

Stacks of black shirts emblazoned with the words “STEM saves the world” surround boxes of cookies and boba tea at the WiSTEM club week table as several students crowd the array of goods, searching for something to enjoy after school. Harker’s Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Technol...

From California to Alaska: Human ecology comes to life

Participants in the

by Gloria Zhang, Features Editor

November 5, 2018

It was late June in North America, but Dr. Kate Schafer was dressed in brown rubber boots, windbreakers and knitted beanies. After trudging in muddy soil for hours, many on the trek were exhausted and soaked, but all was forgotten as a towering waterfall came into view. Torrential water poured downwar...

Behavioral economics reveals insights into the biases and behaviors of humans

Behavioral economics reveals insights into the biases and behaviors of humans

by Sara Yen, Asst. Features Editor

October 26, 2018

At your local 7-Eleven, you walk up to the cash register and take out your wallet. Placing your cherry Slurpee on the counter, out of the corners of your eyes you see lit-up numbers flashing that the current jackpot for the Powerball is $620 million. As the Los Angeles Times said, “a person is more...

Global Reset: Hurricane intensity worsens with changes in global climate

Global Reset: Hurricane intensity worsens with changes in global climate

by Vivian Jin and Lucy Ge

October 22, 2018

After Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence damaged the east coast of the United States, thousands of people continue to recover from the destruction. According to the United States Census Bureau, the hurricane affected Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and the Di...

Nobel Foundation awards 2018 prizes to laureates

The announcement sheets for the Nobel Prizes. The Nobel Foundation announced the laureates for Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Economic Science and Peace starting Oct. 1.

by Jessie Wang and Daniel Wu

October 22, 2018

The Nobel Foundation announced the 2018 Nobel Laureates for Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Peace and Economic Sciences during the week of Oct. 1.  The Nobel Prize in Literature was postponed until 2019. Each year, the Nobel Foundation, established in 1900 by Alfred Nobel, grants a No...

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