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Turning a New Leaf with Phenocarts

The process of examining and inspecting physical characteristics is known as phenotyping.  Everything that’s alive has phenotypes; they make up your appearance.  They’re the color of your eyes, the shade of your skin, and for plants, the height of their stem.  But for farmers and breeders which consist of over one …

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AquaBounty Genetically Engineered Salmon

AquaBounty, a small company based in Maynard, Massachusetts, has been receiving a great deal of attention. That’s because AquaBounty is responsible for designing genetically engineered salmon that get bigger faster while helping the environment. What Does It Mean to Genetically Engineer? We genetically engineer an organism if we modify one or …

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Hope For Our Oceans: Bio-Degradable Six-Pack Rings

Saltwater Brewery, a Florida-based brewing company, along with New York-based ad agency We Believers, have made a revolutionary effort in preserving marine life. Together, they have replaced plastic 6-pack rings with ones that are 100% biodegradable and are also safe for wildlife consumption. These eco-friendly rings are made of wheat …

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Monitor vs. Merrimack, civil war first ironclad warships
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The First Ironclad Warship

When we imagine old means of aquatic transportation, our thoughts immediately flit to the old wooden sailing ship. But, surprising as it might sound, these ships were the primary tool of sailing over 150 years ago. Only after the 1860’s did ironclad warships appear. So, how did we get from …

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CUSD Solar Panels

Renewable energy sources are one of the great controversies of the 21st Century. Some Californians, as advocates of renewable energy sources, have connected the current drought with global warming. Others have been less concerned with trying to control the forces of nature, and have been more interested in the practicality …

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Sleep, Topic of Sleep, Why We Sleep
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Topic of Theory: Why Do We Sleep?

Introduction to the Topic I am sure we must have all wondered: what is the point of sleep and why do we even do it at all? We use our body for most of the day; but we can just rest instead, right? Actually, sleep is more complex than we …

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SpaceX lands a rocket on a moving barge
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Barge Landing

On April 8th, the company SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket onto an unmanned barge that was approximately the size of a football field.  This was the company’s fifth attempt and was significant because it allowed the rocket to be reused, greatly decreasing the cost of space travel. It is estimated …

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Dodo Birds
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Dumb and Dodo

Is calling someone a “dodo” not an insult after all? It seems that science has potentially butchered another good snub, which disappoints me, but it may be good news for one of my unfortunate friends. Long inhabitants of the island Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the flightless dodo birds led …

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Birds tweeting, or maybe arguing?
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The Science of Cursing- is it Good for You?

Your eyes stretch wide, ears open and interest peaked.  You just learned a new word.  This new four letter word sits perched on the tip of your tongue, forbidden but all too tempting.  You don’t know what it means, but you still tremble in an antithetical mixture of excitement and …

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Lockheed Martin is developing Athena laser cannon
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Lockheed Martin Laser Cannon

Lockheed Martin has recently begun producing a new laser weapon called ATHENA(Advanced Test High Energy Asset). Already the project has shown great potential for military use as it can disable targets miles away in mere seconds. Instead of causing a giant explosion like you might see in the movies, it …

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