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Social Media CEOs Questioned By Senate

Ava Kahn February 1, 2024

On January 31, 2024, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned the chief executives of five big tech companies: Meta, TikTok, Snap, Discord, and X (formerly known as Twitter), about potential harm from...

Explorers May Have Found Amelia Earharts Plane

Explorers May Have Found Amelia Earhart’s Plane

Ava Kahn February 1, 2024

Amelia Earhart was a pioneer of American aviation and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was one of the first pilots to promote commercial aviation. In 1937, she attempted to be...

Prospective Mars Plane Receives NASA Funding

Prospective Mars Plane Receives NASA Funding

Jonathan Buscher February 1, 2024

Recently, NASA provided advanced grant funding for a new project that could potentially support a more in-depth investigation into the presence of water on Mars. Called MAGGIE (Mars Aerial and Ground Global...

Doomsday Clock Update: Its Still 90 Seconds To Midnight

Doomsday Clock Update: It’s Still 90 Seconds To Midnight

Amalia Weix February 1, 2024

On January 23rd, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock will remain at 90 seconds to midnight in 2024, the closest the Clock has ever been. The Bulletin attributed this...

The Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock

Amalia Weix January 7, 2024

It’s January, which means soon we’ll get the yearly update on the Doomsday Clock. Every year, members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’s Science and Security Board convene to decide whether...

Ray-Ban x Meta x Target: How Smart Glasses Brought Them Together

Ray-Ban x Meta x Target: How Smart Glasses Brought Them Together

Monika Jeraj January 7, 2024

When I walked into Target on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the last thing I expected to find was a fancy new pair of smart glasses. First of all, functional smart glasses have not exactly been advertised...

COP28: Moving Towards Renewable Energy

COP28: Moving Towards Renewable Energy

Ava Kahn January 1, 2024

In the first two weeks of December, 2023, 200 parties from around the world came together in Dubai for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The conference had a clear conclusion known as the Global...

Israel-Hamas War Continues

Israel-Hamas War Continues

Ava Kahn January 1, 2024

UN Approves Aid Resolution in Gaza The United Nations has passed a resolution which calls for safe humanitarian access throughout Gaza. The resolution will allow expanded aid to enter the territory,...

OpenAI: Artificial Intelligence On the Rise

OpenAI: Artificial Intelligence On the Rise

PJ Mulkey January 1, 2024

Near the end of November, Sam Altman the CEO of OpenAI was fired. The board of directors fired him after he went on stage and talked about his future plans for the company. He talked about the latest advances...

Signing Elf Allows Deaf Girl to Meet Santa for the First Time

Signing Elf Allows Deaf Girl to Meet Santa for the First Time

Jonathan Buscher January 1, 2024

With a new holiday season every year, children around the world visit Santa; yet, for some, this can be a difficult experience, such as it has been for four-year-old Emily Andrews. Andrews, who is deaf,...

A Complete WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strike Recap, and What It Means For The Future of the Industry

A Complete WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strike Recap, and What It Means For The Future of the Industry

Max Knight December 1, 2023

On November 9th, 2023, the longest actor’s strike in recorded history finally came to an end. The strike began on July 14, in solidarity with the striking Writer’s Guild of America. The combined length...

Back And Better Than Ever: The Diary of Alicia Keys 20

Back And Better Than Ever: The Diary of Alicia Keys 20

Monika Jeraj December 1, 2023

The Diary of Alicia Keys 20 is set to be released on December 1, 2023, the 20th anniversary of the release of The Diary of Alicia Keys, Keys’ second studio album which came out on December 2, 2003. This...

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