Science and Health

Environmental effects of the metaverse

Creating a virtual world may wreak havoc on the real one Jennifer Lopez is engaged to Ben Affleck. Britney Spears is finally free from her conservatorship. In some ways, this year is a rerun of the early 2000s. Nevertheless, Big Tech is solely fixated on the future. Apple, Google, Microsoft, …

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Unlikely links between school, space & war

Russia invades Ukraine, retreats from ISS Minnehaha’s annual space-station project may take new directions in future years Testing shark skin on bacteria growth, growing calcium carbonate crystals and trying to revive dried algae have all been experiments worked on and sent into space by the Minnehaha ISS (International Space Station) team. But with recent news …

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Front ‘n’ center

COVID-19 essential workers fighting on the frontline For front-line health care workers, the pandemic has brought many untold stories. “There was a bus driver who came in with COVID,” said Rachel Burton, a physician and hospitalist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. “He was unvaccinated, but a healthy guy under …

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Eat, school, sleep deprivation-repeat

Recently, I purchased an alarm clock that wakes me up using light instead of noise. It increases the amount of light it shines over a 30 minute period ending during my set wake up time. After that, it beeps anyway just in case. The idea is that I’ll wake up the natural way of the body responding to …

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Struggling to Stay Strong

Adolescent mental health issues hit crisis levels during pandemic Three hundred and seventy students attend Minnehaha’s upper school. Based on recently released research finding that one in five adolescents suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder, this means that seventy-four of Minnehaha’s close-knit community of students have likely been diagnosed …

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Cryptocurrency’s contribution to climate change

How the rise of crypto is harming the environment Combine the yearly energy consumption of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—“mining” Bitcoin consumes more.  Calculate the electricity expended yearly by the entire state of Washington—“mining” Bitcoin expends more.  Total the power used by an average American household over 72 days— “mining” …

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Young tastes switch from sweet to tart

The vibrant crisp red of a pitcher of Kool-Aid calls your name. It may not be the best idea to answer. Although this sweet fruit-flavored drink is nostalgic, Generation Z is less likely to drink it because of its high sugar content.  “These foods very often have a certain tradition, …

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The Impact of Food on Mental Health

Mental health issues are skyrocketing with the recent pandemic and the growing influence of social media. There are many ways to prevent the growth of mental illness, but it is most important to focus on putting healthy food in your body and the role food plays in your life. A …

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Breaking Barriers

The art of being a woman in medicine “Medicine as a profession is relentless,” said Dr. Angie Thompson, an obstetrician and gynecologist with OB Hospitalist Group and Mayo Clinic. “It is almost like a merry-go-round that’s going very fast. Unless you take time to jump off it or slow down, …

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Book a flight!

Is the commercialization of space travel worth the costs?   On July 20, 1969, over 600 million people were glued to their television sets as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. With their enormously popular lunar broadcast, Armstrong and Aldrin effectively declared the United States victorious in the …

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