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Lucia Gordon

Lucia Gordon
Environment

Here Are the Dates of the Next Solar Eclipses

Last week, many of us in the United States had the amazing opportunity to witness one of the most amazing natural phenomena: a solar eclipse! This amazing event is possible because of the relative sizes of the moon and the sun and their respective distances from the earth. When the moon is at just the right angle and it is the new moon, it can pass right in front of the sun and block it

Environment

The “New Horizons” Probe Is Allowing Us To Learn More About Space Than Ever Before

For a long time, much of what we knew about space and the seemingly endless universe was limited to the images of our telescopes on Earth. In 2006, we embarked on a mission to change this. Johns Hopkins University built an interplanetary space probe called “New Horizons“. This probe was launched at 36,000 mph headed for Pluto. After nine years, the probe arrived, and so in 2015, we received some of the best images of

International

96 Elephants Are Killed in Africa Every Single Day

Were you aware that 96 elephants are killed in Africa every single day? Through the combined actions of poachers, 35,000 elephants are killed every year. Poachers kill elephants in order to obtain their ivory tusks, which are monetarily valuable. Many poachers sell the tusks on the black market, which is where much of of the ivory trade takes place. In recent years, more and more nations have been banning ivory, but this has not been

Real Life

Endangered Does Not Have to Mean Extinct

The amount of animals and plants alive on Earth is difficult to simply comprehend, and it is a true tragedy that these amazing species are at risk. Habitat destruction and climate change have devastated many animal and plant populations around the globe, and some have even gone extinct. Endangered species are likely to become extinct, and extinct species have no remaining surviving members, in the wild or in captivity. Each year, we see more and

Real Life

The Future of the Great Barrier Reef at Stake

While many agree that climate change is bad, its most detrimental effects are not always evident in people’s daily lives. One example of this is the Great Barrier Reef, specifically the devastation that it has suffered in recent years as a result of global climate change. Increasing water temperatures cause corals to bleach and lose their color. While it is possible for them to recover from this, bleaching can also lead to coral death. Thus,

Real Life

Another Year, Another Version of iOS

Each year, Apple releases a new version of its mobile operating system software, called “iOS”, and at the last WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), it announced the next update: iOS 11. What is great about all of the annual software updates is that they are 100% free, and all you need to do to get iOS 11 is install it on your phone as soon as it becomes available this fall. One of the new features

Real Life

In NYC: Do I Uber or Taxi?

If you live in New York City, then you have almost surely heard of Uber, an increasingly popular alternative to the classic yellow taxi. If you are from outside NYC, you have probably heard of Uber since Uber cars have been gaining popularity all over the world. Everyone has a different opinion regarding Uber. Some long-time New Yorkers may be sad that there are now more Uber cars on the NYC streets than there are yellow

Real Life

The Story of Europa, Jupiter’s Mysterious Sixth Moon

For as long as the written word has existed, there are records of people discussing the possibility of alien life. Whether it is little green men or UFOs, the possibility of alien existence has been one explored by comic books and scientists alike. Each time a new planet is discovered, scientists analyze its physical properties in order to determine if life could exist on it. Many people believe that because the universe is so large,

Real Life

Man to Machine

Humans have been driving cars for 100 years, and many consider receiving their driver’s license to be a rite of passage into adult life. It will be very strange, therefore, when we walk on the sidewalks and the cars on the road simply drive themselves. As defined by Wikipedia, “an autonomous car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.” Autonomous, or driverless, cars, however, are not some

Real Life

Tips For Your First Job Interview

Whether you have had it yet or not, most of us will have a job interview sooner or later. The first one can be especially nerve-wracking, but there are a few important tips that can really make a difference in both how you do and how prepared you feel during the interview. One useful suggestion is to conduct research on the employer and the job for which you are applying. The more background knowledge you have,

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