Category: Science

Are Bilinguals Smarter than Monolinguals?

Nyma E., senior reporter

Forty-three percent of the world’s population can speak two languages fluently. Bilingualism presents obvious benefits, such as being able to communicate with many more people. However, does being bilingual actually make one smarter? Bilingual people have a stronger executive function which results in a heightened ability to switch between tasks, a more efficient monitoring system, and a heightened cognitive ability. Adults aren’t the only ones who experience these benefits; infants, children, and the elderly can benefit as well.

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Coronavirus and the Environment

Emma D., journalist

Life before coronavirus is a nostalgic memory. While this pandemic has taken a toll on countless lives, the coronavirus has been quite a relief for the natural world. In the past few years, climate change has arguably become the single largest effect on the environment, resulting in Earth’s temperature rising “about two-thirds of a degree Fahrenheit”[1]. Even though the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on human life all over the world, it has had an unexpected positive impact on the environment.

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Going Gluten-Free

Francesca R., journalist

In an Italian household, deciding to go gluten-free was going to be hard. However, given my allergy to wheat, it was probably going to be a good idea. Much like how people who are lactose intolerant are notorious for consuming dairy, I was an avid lover of bread and pasta. The idea of going gluten-free was entirely preposterous to me. But a doctor suggested that it would be a good idea in order to help my seasonal allergies, as well as possibly improve my sleep and performance in athletic activities, so I decided to give it a shot. 

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An Update On The Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus, which was first detected in Hubei Province, China, has been declared “a public health emergency of international concern”, by the WHO. COVID-19, the official name for this disease, has infected 73,335 people, 72,438 of them being in China, killing around 1,873 in both China, and other countries, such as the Philippines, Japan, France, and Hong Kong. In the beginning of the outbreak, the cases had some link to a seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. It has been discovered that this disease can be passed from person to person: the main reason for the spread inside and outside of China.

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New Study Suggests the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Spread Further than Originally Estimated

Ryan F., journalist

Thanks to modern technology, scientists think that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have spread its pollution further than what we originally thought. The original estimates were based off of satellite images taken of the oil spill off of the coast of Mexico. The spill itself was almost 800 million liters of oil. The satellite images were used to estimate where the oil had gone in order to find out which areas needed to be temporarily closed off to be cleaned. However, now, almost a decade later, scientists have run computer simulations that suggest the oil may have spread further than we originally thought.

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The Thunberg Effect: Social Media in her Fight Against Climate Change

Alexa W., journalist

IMPORTANT: As many of you know, Australia is currently suffering from bushfires that are bring about mass destruction.  If you would like to donate, but do not know how I have provided a link to an article with information on the crisis and how to donate.

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From the Big Screen to the Phone Screen: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Efforts to Bring About Change

Alexa W., journalist

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5343725bt) Leonardo DiCaprio during the show Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th anniversary celebration, Los Angeles, America – 05 Nov 2015

Social media acts as a powerful force in spreading awareness to issues and events as they occur in the world.  Over the years, celebrities have begun to utilize their growing influence to help further raise attention to such information.  Leonardo DiCaprio is one star in particular who has utilized his voice to raise awareness about climate change in the world and its consequences. 

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The crisis in Australia

Nyma E., journalist

The recent and ongoing bushfires in Australia have devastated many. There has been extensive damage to property, and the biodiversity of Australia is also being threatened. Many aspects of these bushfires are very different when compared to other recent wildfires. This makes them all the more unpredictable. 

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