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Two different signals detect neutron star collision in historic scientific moment

Two different signals detect neutron star collision in historic scientific moment

by Arya Maheshwari and Katherine Zhang

November 18, 2017

Scientists announced the discovery of a neutron star collision, which was detected on Aug. 17, in news conferences throughout the world on Oct. 16. Reports written by over 3,500 astronomers on the historic event were released, providing confirmations on previous theories and opening up new pathways of ...

Siemens regional winners named

Siemens regional winners named

by Anya Weaver and Nerine Uyanik

November 18, 2017

Senior Swapnil Garg and junior Katherine Tian were named regional winners in the 2017 Siemens Competition on Nov. 6 for their development of an autobiotic classifier to assess the severity of kidney cancer, advancing to the national finals. “Our project is on automatically classifying images of kidney ...

Global Reset

Global Reset

by Anvi Banga and Anika Rajamani

November 18, 2017

The recent California wildfires have destroyed over 504,600 acres of land; more than 100,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and at least 40 people died. 2017 is ranked as the ninth worst hurricane season according to Weather Underground resulting in debate over whether climate change is ...

WiSTEM holds club week

WiSTEM holds club week

by Rose Guan and Katherine Zhang

November 17, 2017

The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (WiSTEM) club hosted its club week this week, utilizing a variety of events and fundraising activities to promote female involvement in STEM fields. “We really want to support women who don’t necessarily have the opportunities that are afforded...

Tech Talk

by Arushi Saxena, Reporter

November 17, 2017

iPhone X The iPhone X was released on Nov. 3. The phones, with a beginning capacity of 64 GB, have a starting cost of $1000. Tesla Model 3 Tesla announced that its Model 3 will begin production by April 2018. This car has a range of  220 miles of range and will start at $35,000. It will also feature a long-term battery, ...

The growing risk of climate refugees

The growing risk of climate refugees

by Srinath Somasundaram, Reporter

November 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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