Hard Hearts

  Many of us know that as people age, they become crankier. You might have that 85-year-old neighbor who refuses to let your dog on her lawn. You might have the penny-pinching grandma who holds up the line at the grocery store as she disputes why her twenty cents off a gallon of milk coupon […]

The Scientific Student – Staff and Details

The Scientific Student

Editors  Ruby Halfacre Daryn Dever Nelli Morgulchik Naomi D’Arbell Karen Yung Arselyne Chery Sabrina Conza Featured Writers Abdullah Afridi Samuel Tao Margie He Sany Gómez Heesu Park Melanie Becker Smarika Rijal Vivian Chau Zeke Benshirim Christina Gaw Sarah Muntaz Malka Suster Asraa Ahmed   Cover Design Katherine Im

Part Human, Part Virus: The Secret Force Behind Evolution

We all know how evolution works: if an organism has a trait that helps it to survive, it will have a much higher chance of successfully reproducing and passing on its genes to offspring. Over generations, the favorable trait will accumulate in the population and in the end, most organisms in the species will have it. But […]

Does Smiling Actually Make You Happier?

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Many people have heard that forcing a smile can make you actually feel happier. That idea originated from an experiment conducted in 1988, under psychologist Fritz Strack. But a recent study published in the scientific journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that attempted to replicate Strack’s experiment found little to no correlation between forced smiling and […]

High Air Pollution Levels After Diwali

Days after the Diwali celebration in Delhi, India, a thick smog from the various fireworks and lights remains and covers the city. The Festival of Lights occurs annually in India and represents the victory of good over evil. While it is a time for festivities, the holiday causes the pollution levels to spike each year […]

Men Can Have Breast Cancer?

The first of October marks the start of breast cancer awareness month. Cancer is known as abnormal cell growth, but breast cancer is actually a tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. This tumor formed in the breast is classified as malignant, meaning it will develop and invade nearby tissues whilst spreading throughout […]

The Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence

At only 19 years of age, a British entrepreneur named Joshua Browder, who majored in Computer Science at Stanford University, created “The World’s First Robot Lawyer” that used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help drivers contest their unjust parking tickets.  The chatbot, which can be found at www.donotpay.co.uk, is said to have saved drivers in the UK upwards […]

The Vanguard of Medical Innovations

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  It may come as a surprise to hear that nanotechnology is at the vanguard of medical innovations. Indeed, it is revolutionizing the field of medicine. Here, let me tell you how! With a backpack on my shoulders, laptop in hand, and sunglasses over my eyes, I navigated my way through North Carolina’s humidity alongside […]

What’s with Teens and Sleep?

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  It is common knowledge that many students in high school suffer from sleep deprivation. Both academics and extracurricular activities reduce the amount of sleep students receive. Despite the common notion of how these pressures have influenced students’ sleep on its own, many fail to truly consider the biological aspect and how it undermines students’ […]

Student Feature: Phelan Yu

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Written by: Zeke Benshirim     You’ve probably heard by now that climate change poses a massive threat to global food security. News stories from just the past few days warn of threats to staple crops like wheat and corn, or indispensable treats like coffee and chocolate. But how do we know how much trouble we’re […]