Malaria Vaccine Approved by WHO

by Lauren Hill ‘22 The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently approved a new vaccine for malaria, one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases in the world. This revolutionary vaccine is the first developed for any parasitic disease and has taken over 30 years to create. Malaria, a disease commonly spread through mosquitoes, is rare in the developed world … Read More

Possible Covid-19 Game-Changer

by Rachel Klein ‘22 Earlier this year, the Covid-19 vaccine was rolled out in stages to everyone 12 years old and up. The vaccine has been proven to lower the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. Although the vaccine is currently the best protection against Covid-19, the pharmaceutical company Merck is releasing a pill that will help people who … Read More

Southeast Chicago Is 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 aged 3-17, and about three in four children aged 3-17 have both … Read More

Paint Against Climate Change

by Jay Joseph ’22 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in August that July of 2021 was the hottest month ever recorded; however, record high temperatures have been reported each year for the past decade globally without fail. Unfortunately, the more people use air conditioners to cope with the heat, the worse climate change gets. The World Economic … Read More

Pfizer Submitting Data for Vaccine Use in Kids

by Yusra Husain ’22 The United States is finally a step closer toward higher vaccination rates for all school-aged children; Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, recently announced that their Covid-19 vaccine is now safe for ages 5-11 as it promotes a stronger immune response in younger children. This news comes after a recent rise in pediatric Covid-19 cases. Since … Read More

Private Space Companies Could Be Bad News for the Planet

by Erica Kuhlmann ’22 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos exited the atmosphere this past July in the rocket “New Shepard,” built by Bezos’ private space company Blue Origin. New Shepard is the first private rocket to cross the internationally recognized marker of outer space and seems to mark a new age in space travel. Blue Origin is just one of several … Read More

The Perfect Repli(k)a?

Ella Scher ‘23 People struggling with anxiety, depression, or isolation during the pandemic may often struggle with communication with others, guilt, as well as overwhelming loneliness. Luckily, Replika is here to help. A free AI app for iOs and Android, Replika markets itself as “the AI companion who cares … Always here to listen and talk. Always on your side.” … Read More

Cryptocurrency Is on the Rise—But Is Not Without Its Kinks

By Nicholas Schade ‘23 The values of various cryptocurrencies are rapidly surging, many of which breaking their all-time peaks. Bitcoin, the most popular of such currencies, is currently valued at around $57,000 and has been exponentially rising since December 2020, when it was only valued at around $19,000. With their soaring popularity, the question has been posed whether cryptocurrencies could … Read More

Despite Stumbles, Mission to Return to the Moon Continues

by Tori Martinez ‘23 Nearly 50 years have passed since astronauts first walked on the Moon during the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo program. NASA’s Artemis program intends not only to return to the lunar surface, but also to send the first woman as well as the first person of color there.  Progress has been made on this … Read More