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Scooters on the move

Scooters on the move

Jonah Halper, Contributing Writer

November 2, 2018


Filed under NEWS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

Bird along with Lime, Skip, and Spin, are some of the leading companies for scooter rental. Bird, on their mobile app, describes the scooters as something that you can use for "your work commute, across college campuses, with friends, or simply just to spread your wings and get some fresh air!" All of ...

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Starbucks eliminating plastic straws

Sarina Dev, InDepth Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under INDEPTH, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

On Monday, October 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has twelve years to drastically change its environmental impact before an almost irreversible climate change catastrophe. While the Paris Agreement from 2016 pledged to keep global temperatu...

Venmo and Apple pay gain popularity among teenagers

Venmo and Apple pay gain popularity among teenagers

Caroline Hardy, Student Life Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under NEWS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

Walking down to the depths of school, a student whips out her phone. Opening her mobile wallet, she types in the vending machine code and quickly scans her phone screen. Her Pop-Tarts fall out and she walks away with breakfast without having to dig for loose change.     This streamlined breakfast purchase...

Changes in technology at Blake remodel learning environment

Changes in technology at Blake remodel learning environment

Emily Hykes, Steven Nye, and Isaac Gittleman

March 15, 2018


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

With the click of a few keys on our laptops or phones, the world awaits us at our fingertips. Over the past few decades, advancements in technology have not only allowed for major educational milestones at Blake, but have provided a platform for equal engagement. Karen Phillips, Physics teacher of 30 years, re...

iPhone X’s facial recognition feature poses questions

iPhone X’s facial recognition feature poses questions

Shira Aronow and Anna Johns

March 7, 2018


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

     There has been a lot of talk surrounding the new facial recognition technology on the new iPhone X that came out early November of 2017. With the new technology, there is debate over the positives and negatives this feature.      Safaa Roba ‘19 brings up many points of the feature that a...

Profile of Elon Musk

Profile of Elon Musk

Asya Shogren, Features Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

     Elon Musk, a South African inventor and engineer, progressively strives towards bringing the world towards a technologically advanced future. Musk’s career took off when he sold his first company, an online city-guide, followed by the infamous PayPal, which Musk cofounded.       He founded Sp...

Students succumb to sickness

Students succumb to sickness

Josie Lagerstrom, Managing Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

With a new school year comes stress, schoolwork, and sniffles. According to a poll, 80% of students and faculty have gotten sick since the start of the school year. While it might be easy to write off this occurrence as the school being somewhat of a “petri dish” (according to English teacher Patri...

Bearbotics kicks off the season

Bearbotics kicks off the season

Steven Nye, Multimedia Editor

October 3, 2017


Filed under NEWS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, TOP STORIES, VIDEO

The Blake Robotics team “Bearbotics” is starting fresh this year with new head coach and Computer Science teacher, Madeline Burton. The team is looking to build on last year’s success and actively recruiting new members. Their goals are to increase collaboration, problem-solving, coding skills,...

Eurocentrism in mapping

Alyssa Story, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

It’s no secret that Social Studies in America is biased and Eurocentric. However, some schools have worked to combat this issue.      Recently, The Boston school system has commited to remove the use of Mercator Projection Maps from their public schools.      Mercator maps, proposed by Ge...

Science Spotlight: Tech Requirement

Minjae Lee, Editor Emeritus

February 9, 2017


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

Despite living in a digital age, the core curriculum of private liberal arts institutions often lacks a distinctive technology requirement.                However, in recent years, higher education institutions such as Barnard College are gaining national attention due to their technology re...

Hydrate or die-drate

Hydrate or die-drate

Elizabeth Opp, Opinions Editor

February 9, 2017


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH

The warnings are endless: your grades will go down if you stop drinking water, dehydration putting your vigilance and motor skills at odds. Regardless, Blake students largely disregard drinking throughout the day.      The most widely recommended daily water intake is two litres, or, in Blake te...

Teachers embrace Canvas

Teachers embrace Canvas

Allison Ahern, News Editor

September 28, 2016


Filed under SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH, TOP STORIES

This year, as students are getting acclimated to the new format of Canvas, most teachers are adjusting alongside students. “I hated Moodle,” Margi Youmans exclaimed noting that “Canvas is less clunky and I think more importantly it’s student friendly.” Youmans adds that the change from Moodle t...

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