Road Salt Causes Unseen Damage to Environment

by Avery Prudenti ‘22 Anyone in Olney who looked outside their window over the past few weeks often saw snow on the ground. Along with that winter precipitation comes the salt covering the roads. This regular practice works as an effective way to clear the roads of snow quickly, and sometimes without the need of a snow plower at all. … Read More

Pets Have Post-Quarantine Anxiety

by Anna Haas ‘23 When quarantine began, people quickly turned to their pets for companionship and happiness. Pets have provided immense help by simply being there. But what is going to happen to them when families go back to work and school? Pets have become as used to people being home as their owners have to being home with them. … Read More

Face Masks Posing Threat to the Environment

by Amanda Lo ‘21 When coronavirus began surging through the world last year, people rushed to purchase face masks, disinfectant, and gloves from every store.  After nearly a year, the waste produced as a result of coronavirus has piled up  throughout the environment, which is proving to be disastrous.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated another 89 million disposable masks … Read More

Recent Polls Show Vaccine Hesitancy Among Blacks, Latinos

by Seth Kauffman ‘21 Thousands of nurses, doctors, and frontline workers across the country have now been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a spirited effort by the federal and state governments to accelerate production and distribution of the vaccine in recent months. Despite the high efficacies of the two vaccines, recent polls suggest that many black and Hispanic Americans remain hesitant … Read More

Put Down That Glass of Milk

by Avery Prudenti ‘22 Drinking cow milk has been so normalized in today’s society as a nutrient-rich liquid food that it is seen as a necessity to maintain a healthy diet. Recent studies, however, have found that drinking milk does not provide as many benefits as people have been told.  Dairy milk was not a widely normalized drink for thousands … Read More

Blasting Off in 2021

by Tori Martinez ‘23 Although 2020 was full of surprises and setbacks for the space industry, private companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, and Boeing have ambitious plans for 2021. To start the year on a positive note, on January 7 SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket and successfully transported a Turkish broadcasting satellite into orbit, designed to broadcast internet … Read More

Hand Sanitizer vs. Washing Your Hands

by Naomi Bang ‘23 Along with mask-wearing and social distancing, hand sanitizer has become a hot commodity during the coronavirus pandemic. Since hand sanitizer is now part of our daily routines, it’s important to know what is fundamentally happening when you clean your hands and the best method to do so. Since before preschool, children are taught that washing hands … Read More

Tree Rings Reveal Atmospheric Effect of Distant Supernovae on Earth

by Ella Scher ‘23 Supernovas are some of the most violent events in the galaxy. The explosions of these massive stars give off an incredible amount of light and heat–as much energy as the  sun will give off in its entire lifetime. However, they can also emit harmful rays of radiocarbon and carbon dioxide. A nearby supernova has the ability … Read More

Call Your Grandparents

by Emory Gun ’22 Much of the focus during the Covid-19 pandemic has been on schools and jobs, but what about the most vulnerable demographic of  the elderly? Proper attention has not been placed on the mental health of elderly people. Instead, while their safety has been a priority, their loneliness has been overlooked. Many elderly people are alone and … Read More

Ways to Whisk the Winter Blues Away

by Hannah Lee ’21 As the temperature drops and nightfall approaches faster, many people find themselves dealing with worsened mental health while also struggling to find the motivation to complete everyday tasks. There is indeed a scientific reason for this phenomenon.  Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a type of depression which typically occurs at the beginning of … Read More