Tag Archives: Science

Short Takes: November Election

Go Out and Vote 34 seats in the US senate, all eight of the Minnesota seats in the house of representatives, Minnesota Governor, and Minnesota secretary of state are all on the ballot this november. This election, more than most, has been made pressingly important by the supreme court overturning …

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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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The importance of truth in a time of uncertainty

What it means to navigate a “post-truth” world “What is a woman?” “I don’t know, I’m not a biologist.”    This is the scene that played out between Senator Marsha Blackburn and Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Judge Jackson’s response — “I don’t know, I’m not a biologist.” — …

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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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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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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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The Ethics of De-Extinction

Five thousand years ago, the earth shook with the heavy footsteps of the animal we now know as the wooly mammoth. It peacefully roamed the land, foraging for brushlike food, which allowed such a creature to grow to such a massive size. The creature was no match for the human …

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Are sustainable cars truly sustainable?

The complicated effects of electric cars on the environment Tesla’s high-powered, lithium battery cells are seemingly a feat of engineering. In a compact 46 by 80 mm cylinder, electrons propel the increasingly popular vehicles up to 300 miles with a single charge—all while releasing zero tailpipe emissions. But, what does …

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Cold nose, warm heart

Furry friends prove beneficial for owners’ mental health August 2, 2017 is a day that the Minnehaha community will never forget. “I was in the building that day when the explosion happened,” said Emily Kennett, the assistant to the athletic director. Many people have had traumatic experiences, and their pets …

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