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

Local Parks to Run, Walk, and Bike as the Weather Warms Up

by Marissa Harris ‘22 Click here for pictures of each park Lake Needwood, North Rockville Distance/Challenge: One can walk, run, or bike over seven miles. Some parts of the trails can be hilly. Popularity/Crowds: Many people love to go there and it can get crowded, especially on weekends, but it is a very large space with wide trails and easy … Read More

Planning for Spring Break 2021

by Victoria Martinez ‘23 Spring break is right around the corner and unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is still around. After being cooped up for a year, the increasing vaccination rates and declining number of infections in the United States are tempting many to travel this spring break, but is there a safe way to do so?  The Centers for Disease … Read More

Air Travel Is Becoming More Covid-Safe

by Jimmy Yates ‘21 As spring break and summer approach, many people are contemplating going on vacation and taking trips they could not take last year due to the pandemic. Airplanes may not seem like a well-ventilated or socially distanced way of traveling, but research shows they aren’t as unsanitary or unsafe as we believed.  Experts say planes are a … Read More

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Increases Availability

by Jay Joseph ‘22 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed in an analysis Wednesday that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine met the requirements for emergency use authorization, deeming it safe and effective for the public. Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine does not require ultra-cold freezers for storage, increasing availability by making it … Read More

Covid-19 Survivors May Only Need One Shot

by Jimmy Yates ‘21   The New York Times recently reported study results showing people who already contracted and survived Covid-19 may only need one dose of the vaccine, as they already have a higher-than-normal level of antibodies to the virus. The Pfizer vaccine was found to be 85-percent effective two to four weeks after just the first shot. When … Read More

New Covid-19 Variants Arrive in Maryland

by Victoria Martinez ‘23 Multiple variants of Covid-19 have been identified, and two have been found in Maryland. How do they differ from one another–and the original virus–and how are the vaccines responding to these new variants? Gov. Larry Hogan announced January 30 that the South African variant is present in Maryland, and health officials are concerned about whether the … Read More