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Examining Reasons Behind Rapidly Increasing Allergy Rates

Examining Reasons Behind Rapidly Increasing Allergy Rates

Andie Tappenden
January 19
Filed under SCIENCE

Signs are plastered on every other door: “Nut Free Zone!” “No Tree Nuts!” “Pineapple Free Zone!” However colorful they might be, these posters are not for decoration. These are warning signs,  put up to alert whoever enters that what is in their brown-bag lunch could be fatal to another...

University of Michigan Robotics: An Autonomous Future

University of Michigan Robotics: An Autonomous Future

Sam Ciesielski
November 14
Filed under SCIENCE

Fumes came from one corner of the cluttered room where two students wore operation masks. Another sat wide-eyed at a computer. The area is a stripped boiler room turned into a laboratory in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) building on the University of Michigan’s North Campus...

Protecting Right Whales the Right Way

Protecting Right Whales the Right Way

Ethan Kahana
November 7
Filed under SCIENCE

Over 70 percent of the earth is covered in water, and the oceans are home to many species of animals and plants. For most of earth’s history, the ocean was a quiet place. But today there are over 87,000 shipping vessels, with their massive, roaring engines, crossing the oceans to connect the globa...

Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

Why You Should Get Your Flu Shot

Gina Liu
October 26
Filed under OPINION, SCIENCE

Ever since the conception of vaccines and other immunization medicines, there has always been debate on whether they work and whether it is safe to be injected with certain chemicals and parts of vaccines and flu shots. The piece of advice that I, many scientists, doctors and physicians have for all cu...

Landscape Architects Meet With Community Students to Discuss Redevelopment

Landscape Architects Meet With Community Students to Discuss Redevelopment

Francisco Fiori and Gina Liu
May 25
Filed under LOCAL, NEWS, SCIENCE

Vivid and bright markers quickly filled blank maps of Kerrytown as students, teachers and Ann Arbor community members were asked what they would change regarding Kerrytown streets, stores and even sidewalks. Around the room were landscape architects from SmithGroupJJR, who supervised and listened to...

The Case Against Fracking

The Case Against Fracking

Matty Hack
April 18
Filed under OPINION, SCIENCE

The state of Oklahoma is experiencing what could reasonably be dubbed an earthquake epidemic. Over 3,000 earthquakes have been reported in the state over the past year alone — far more than in California over the same period. They are frequent enough that my cousin, who lives in Oklahoma, has become...

Forsythe Science Fair

Forsythe Science Fair

Madie Gracey
February 23
Filed under SCIENCE

   One of the largest science fairs in Michigan was held in one of Ann Arbor’s very own middle schools. Forsythe Middle School has around 650 to 680 participants each year. Since 1985, parents and teachers have dedicated their time to make the fair possible.    All students are required to enter a pr...

Leading and Learning

Leading and Learning

Kate Burns
February 23
Filed under SCIENCE

A small child ran her fingers along mock whale teeth as her mother listened to Delaney Smith, a docent at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, speak about the purposes of these different types of teeth. The young child and her mother came to the Museum of Natural History on Su...

“Just Not a Math Person”

“Just Not a Math Person”

Matty Hack
February 8
Filed under FEATURES, SCIENCE

Sanelma Heinonen only worked at Kumon for one day before quitting. Heinonen, a Pioneer High School senior, describes math as beautiful, but felt that the teaching she saw that day only taught kids to dislike the subject. “I just hated seeing what they were doing to the kids,” Heinonen said. “They...

Genetic Testing: why the choice to get tested is a big one

Genetic Testing: why the choice to get tested is a big one

Audrey Jeffords
February 4
Filed under LIFE, SCIENCE

   Before she lost two sisters to ALS, Mary Roose had already decided she wouldn’t get genetic testing for the disease in a quaint exam room at her doctor’s office. She had been asking about testing for Alzheimer’s, but the answer her doctor gave her changed her mind almost indefinitely. Her d...

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