Arcosanti's Apse building.

The Story of Arcosanti

Lilly Wolfe, Columnist March 29, 2021

Seventy miles north of Phoenix lies a community with only 65 residents. The captivating architecture of the community surrounded by fig and olive trees resembles that of a science fiction novel. This place...

Cute animals have an odd effect on us.

It’s So Cute I Could Kill It!

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist March 19, 2021

Have you ever seen an animal so cute you just want to pick it up and squeeze it till its eyeballs pop out? Congratulations, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to be overwhelmed by a desire to squeeze,...

Part of a video from NASA of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars.

Past Martians or Life on Mars?

After waiting the past eight months, the Perseverance rover finally landed. Adam Stelzner, chief engineer of the Perseverance mission, who also managed the Curiosity rover’s descent to Mars in 2012, states that his team is “overwhelmed with excitement and joy.”
Adam Khogyani, Columnist March 1, 2021

Microsoft News says that Perseverance was launched on July 30, 2020, and landed on Mars February 18, 2021. Its hardest challenge was the process of landing on Mars, known as the “seven minutes of terror,”...

Because it is on an independent power grid, Texas got hit hard after storms.

Cold Fronts and Power Grids: A Recipe for Disaster

How an unusual weather system, decentralized power grid, and infrastructure built for warm weather led to many Texans struggling to stay warm.
Allister McLeod, Columnist March 1, 2021

Over the past week, every county in Texas has been put under a winter snow warning, with many of these counties experiencing snow for the first time in years. While this may seem like a time for Texans...

15 states will see a rapid emergence of cicadas belonging to a particular brood, Brood X.

Brood X

Trillions of cicadas are expected to show up across a span of 15 states.
Adam Khogyani, Columnist February 18, 2021

According to Microsoft News, a group of periodical cicadas that emerge in huge groups are called broods. 12 broods emerge around every seven years, and three broods emerge every 13 or 17 years. Broods...

A little girl makes a big discovery.

Fossilized Dinosaur Footprint Discovered by a Toddler

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist February 17, 2021

Strolling along the beach during summer vacation is a very calming experience, which most people enjoy. Seeing little kids pretending to be pirates looking for riches isn’t an unusual sight when you’re...

Poyang Lake after being cleared for sand mining.

The Damages of Sand Shortages

As the need for sand has rapidly increased in the 21st century, its value has as well. Organized crime structures have seized the opportunity to make money off of this very needed resource.
Lilly Wolfe, Columnist February 8, 2021

Sand is a lot more essential than you might think. In fact, it is the second most used natural resource behind water. Sand is used primarily to be made into concrete and glass. The problem is that not...

Genetic research my save the northern white rhinoceros.

Saving the Northern White Rhinos

Madeeha Akhtar, Columnist February 5, 2021

Sadly, many amazing animals are slowly going extinct on our planet and the northern white rhino is no exception. Decades of being poached for their horns have left these creatures on the brink of extinction. There...

The ANWR protects many species but may soon be gone.

Keeping the Wilderness Wild

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the last true wild places left on the earth, and drilling for oil there would have disastrous consequences.
Kalyn McLeod, Columnist February 5, 2021

Everyone in our modern world knows about the climate crisis. With rising temperatures and rising sea levels, it is one of humanity's biggest threats. But it is an even bigger threat for arctic wildlife,...

The far away celestial object may have major implications for the scientific community.

A Massive Discovery

More than 13 billion lightyears away, a supermassive black hole is leading scientists to second guess their past “facts” on the matter.
Brandon Dosen, Columnist January 25, 2021

Newly discovered supermassive black hole, named J0313-1806, was discovered 13 billion light years away, making it the most distant quasar to date. A quasar, as stated by Dictionary.com, is “one of over...

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