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Science Teachers Feature Live Animals In Courses

Science Teachers Feature Live Animals In Courses

Maggie Seidel, Staff Writer

February 3, 2019

Animals appear in electives such as Anatomy, Environmental Science, and on Green Team in the Second Semester. As the second semester courses and electives begin, animals remain intertwined with the science experience. The Science Department consistently strives to incorporate nuanced additions while...

Humans at Blake: Kai Sovell

Humans at Blake: Kai Sovell

Sarina Dev, Creative Director

November 30, 2018

“I want to be somebody who does everything,” explains Kai Sovell ‘19.  Both an aspiring artist and scientist, she is strongly influenced by her mixed heritage: her mother Jaye Lee, a music major and pianist, immigrated from Seoul, South Korea when she was 30 years old and her father Chase Sovell g...

Eurocentrism in mapping

Alyssa Story, Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017

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: Science of Food

Sophie Skallerud, Staff Writer

March 13, 2017

From an outside perspective, the new Science of Food course seems like a breeze, consumed with baking and eating.      Paige Robichaud ‘17 and Sarah Juang ‘17 agree that, “it doesn’t seem like a very rigorous course.”      This block four class has had cookie and cake tastings that th...

Science Spotlight: Gravitational Waves

Gravitational waves were discovered in September, proving Einstein's theory from 100 years ago.

Deniz Ercan-Fang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2016

A chirp. That’s how Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist Emily Lakdawalla described the recordings captured by LIGO on September 14, 2015 of gravitational waves from two colliding black holes. The pair of black holes, with masses of 36 and 29 solar masses - 332,946 earth masses is equal to one so...

Where music and physics align

Where music and physics align

Minjae Lee, Opinions Editor

December 3, 2015

TASC is a time for some students to settle into practice rooms, hidden away from the obvious eye all around school. Passing the art department, musicians like April Wang ’16 can be heard playing the piano in a practice room. In fact, there are numerous students like Wang who have the musicality behin...

Science Spotlight: Culture of Coding

A portion of Python code that plays Rock, Paper, Scissors with the user.

Emmet Whitely, Contributing Writer

October 29, 2015

Technology is all around us, in our backpacks, in our pockets, on our wrists, it’s almost impossible to do anything without the use of technology. But every piece of technology is useless without the underlying set of commands - known as code - that tell the technology how to operate. When the wor...

The science of mental illness

A drawing of the human brain, with some red-gray coloring on the edges.

Sean Ericson, Managing Copy Editor

October 28, 2015

We’ve heard a lot about mental illness, from health class to senior speeches. It's a widespread problem, particularly for high schoolers: it affects one in five teenagers, and many more have family members or friends who live with with it. Half of all cases of mental illness develop by age 14 and three-quarters...

Proposal for Keystone pipeline gets cut off

Obama has recently given the 'thumbs down' to the Keystone pipeline bill.

Chapel Puckett, Opinions Editor

March 19, 2015

President Obama has recently vetoed a bill that would have established the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179-mile-long oil pipeline would pump 800,000 barrels of petroleum per day from Alberta, Canada to the refineries on the Gulf Coast. This bill was one of the first big challenges the new Congress has...

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