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Gravitational wave discovery criticisms

Gravitational wave discovery criticisms

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May 19, 2014

I thought I should put this up just because I had raved about this discovery's importance in earlier posts. In the interests of time, I'm only linking to the National Geographic article in which I first saw that this discovery had been discounted. For, uh...science. Yeah. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/1[aesop_image img="htt...

Head in the clouds: a bit of the science behind daydreams

Head in the clouds: a bit of the science behind daydreams

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May 19, 2014

[aesop_image img="https://hilite.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/default-net.jpg" caption="DELANCEYPLACE.COM / SOURCE" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]Daydreaming – an activity in which virtually everyone engages at some point in their lives. For some, daydreaming is an activity...

Donald Sterling: worth the media’s attention?

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May 12, 2014

Grant’s take: Sterling doesn’t accurately reflect American society Many act like the racist comments of NBA owner and general scumbag Donald Sterling are undeniable proof that America remains a racist country. President Obama himself commented that “The United States continues to wrestle with ...

A new shape: the hemihelix

A new shape: the hemihelix

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May 2, 2014

[aesop_image img="https://hilite.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/hemihelix-1.jpg" caption="SEAS.HARVARD.EDU / SOURCE" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]Researchers at Harvard recently discovered a new shape, which has been dubbed the "hemihelix." It was discovered as a team of researchers...

Artistic differences: Grant and Jacob have it out over how far we can push the boundaries of art

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April 28, 2014

Grant’s Take: Art can be anything, but not always enjoyed or understood by everyone. Judging art is about as subjective as it gets. I am no more qualified than anyone to decide what “art” is and what isn’t. But in movements such as Dadaism, the purpose or meaning of the art is not universal...

To rock and not to roll: Grant and Jacob share their opinions on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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April 13, 2014

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently announced its newest batch of inductees. Among the newly recognized hall-of-famers are Hall and Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, the E Street band, Linda Ronstadt, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein and Peter Gabriel. As time goes on and modern musical genres...

Synthetic yeast chromosome

Synthetic yeast chromosome

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April 4, 2014

[aesop_image img="https://hilite.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/DNA.jpg" caption="NPR.ORG / SOURCE" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]Recently, scientists revealed a major breakthrough in the field of synthetic biology – a functional, fully-synthesized chromosome. The chromosome...

Enough Madness?

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March 30, 2014

With the coming NCAA championships, excitement is mounting among collegiate basketball fans. The excitement hasn’t been shared by all, though. See below for Grant and Jacob’s takes on this issue. Jacob’s Take: Stop the Madness! March Madness – as NCAA mania grips the nation, I confess myself...

How should teachers grade writing?

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March 27, 2014

An oft-debated subject in schools is the criteria we use to grade students' writing. In any setting, adjudicating writing requires some degree of subjectivity, but what constitutes "fair" grading? It seems a mired and unclear subject; two different graders, looking at the same work, could grade it completely...

Gravitational waves: what do they tell us?

Gravitational waves: what do they tell us?

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March 24, 2014

[aesop_image img="https://hilite.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bicep2.jpg" caption="BICEPKECK.ORG / SOURCE" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]Most people have probably seen recent headlines touting that proof of the big bang has arrived in the form of gravitational waves, “ripples”...

The dropleton: a new state of matter

The dropleton: a new state of matter

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March 10, 2014

[aesop_image img="https://hilite.org/core/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/dropletons.jpg" caption="SCIENTIFICAMERICAN.COM / SOURCE" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]Say hello to the dropleton. This newly discovered marvel is not just a new quasiparticle, but a state of matter in its own...

New standards drafted for math department

New standards drafted for math department

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March 4, 2014

The state recently released a revised draft of standards for the math department. These new standards parallel the math department's current curricular standards in many ways, but may induce minor tweaks and changes in the math department's curricular layout and teaching methodology, according to m...