COP26: What We Know

by Alexis Booker ‘23 The 26th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) occurred from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference included many world leaders that attended all in the interest of setting goals in the midst of a worldwide climate crisis. Successful endeavors of the annual event include the monumental Paris Climate … Read More

Don’t Count on Snow Days This Winter

by Lauren Frank ‘23 As winter rolls around, many living in the DC Metropolitan area expect at least a couple snow storms or a school cancellation. Some years seem like a hit-or-miss, only snowing a couple times and melting immediately, while others bring massive snow storms with loads of heavy snow and ice covering neighborhoods. However, human-caused climate change has … Read More

Smithsonian Exhibit Gives a Look Into The Future

by Riley Sandoval ‘22 The Smithsonian Institution is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a new exhibit called FUTURES. This exhibit encourages visitors to envision the futures they hope to live in. It is an immersive experience with interactives, art-installations, and inventions. Located in the Arts and Industries building, FUTURES has 150 innovations, technologies, and artifacts on display until July 6, … Read More

Online Therapy Increases Privacy and Ethical Concerns

by Jay Joseph ‘22 The pandemic took a mental toll on many, as the pandemic separated people from friends, family, and resources that people often need to remain mentally healthy. However, many therapists could not perform their job in person due to social distancing, and it was hard for mental health professionals to meet the ever-growing demand for therapy. As … Read More

A Look into Parasocial Relationships Online

by Lilika Jenkins ‘22 The majority of teens in first-world countries have access to the Internet, which exposes them to many niches of entertainment, information, and creativity. A new corner of entertainment that has taken over this digital world are YouTubers, Twitch streamers and TikTokers. Children and teenagers follow these content creators on various social media platforms, such as Twitter … Read More

Ways To Navigate Seasonal Depression

by Nia Peake ‘23 It is that time of year again when the sky looks the same in the morning as it did when you went to bed, and the cool temperatures make you want to stay under the covers. This seasonal change triggers for some seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or what many know as seasonal depression. Seasonal depression can … Read More

Southeast Chicago Is a Case Study in Environmental Racism and How To Fight It

by Alexis Booker ‘23 Built on swampy marshes long ago, Chicago’s famous tall buildings have been causing concern recently because their stability and safety are at risk. While certainly important, there is a more immediate problem as a result of the effects of climate change that is already occurring in the Windy City. It is one of the most glaring … Read More

Anxiety and Depression Affect Memory

by Anna Haas ‘23 According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anxiety, also known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, affects 40 million adults and approximately 4.4 million children aged 3-17. Depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder, affects 16.1 million adults and approximately 1.9 million children, and about three in four children have both depression and anxiety. Though … Read More

Stem Cells May Hold Key To Repairing Nerves

by Lilika Jenkins ‘22 Developing technology introduces a new approach to nerve regeneration and surgical repair through the use of stem cells (unspecialized cells with the potential to develop into specialized cells like nerve cells) to aid in proper recovery. With this new technology, instead of extracting nerves from other parts of the body, making these areas potentially lose function … Read More

A Fitbit for The Skull?

by Camilo Illanes ‘22 Imagine a world where humans could use telepathy, store their memories in a computer, and upload their brains into robots. Along with these futuristic abilities, Elon Musk believes that the Link -the latest product from his company Neuralink- will cure paralysis, blindness, and mental health disorders. The Link V0.9 is a brain computer interface designed to … Read More