What is Death?

It’s to think about it, but we all know death is inevitable.  We know once we are no longer alive all our body functions stop working.  But how exactly does death work and is it ever possible to resurrect or create life?

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Hero’s Journey: The Life of a Cell

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So in English class we’ve been learning much about what known as the Hero’s Journey.  It’s a simple formula that many stories have used throughout time to get us rooting for the protagonist, describing the story the transformation of an Average Joe, to a hero.  We’ve even seen Star Wars and related the Hero’s Journey to Luke.  This got me thinking; is there a Hero’s Journey in the world of science?

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Change: It’s All About Perspective

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As I get closer and closer to graduating high school and entering college, I realize that changes will happen in my life very soon.  And to be perfectly honest, the idea of change in my life and the idea of losing stability is terrifying for me.  Yet change can be seen as the very thing that drives life forward.  Although we are accustomed to the idea of homeostasis, change happens all the time, on a molecular level, an ecological level, and in my own life.  Let’s take a deep look into how change drives science and beyond.

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Can We Enhance Our Body With Genetics?

 

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Technology has gone pretty far in our world, especially when it comes to medical advancements.  Because of new technology, life expectancy has dramatically increased over the past hundreds of years.  But have you even wondered if we can manually alter our genes? What if the billions and billions of letters of DNA in our bodies could be changed? In turn it would make is stronger, faster, smarter, and more powerful, like Master Chief like in the popular video game series Halo.

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Winning, Talent, and Training

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As famously said by Greg Anderson, “Focus on the Journey not the destination.  Joy is found not finishing an activity, but doing it.”  This quote can be incorporated just about anywhere.  Our lives, stories, and so on and so on.  However, in my English Class, we just finished watching the movie “Rocky” and so I will talk about how the two are related.  And since we are on the topic of sports, what would get you better results, Talent or Training?  Is there some sort of gene that makes you more athletic than others.

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The Best Study Tips

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Okay, starting next week is the beginning of AP testing in my school. You know what that means, stress, procrastination, and of course, cramming two weeks before the test. Luckily, this is only my first year taking the AP test, and I only have one, but nevertheless, just thinking about the AP test makes me nervous. So obviously, studying is the best way to do well on tests, but are there any other factors that we can control? What does science have to say about productivity and the best ways to stay concentrated? Continue reading

Why Do We Get Nervous?

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We all know how it feels to be nervous. Having an upcoming test? A performance, or competition, or just have trouble talking in front of people? Of course the list goes on and on about how things that make us nervous or uncomfortable. from the smallest thing to the extremes. But where do these feelings come from? Why do we even have these feelings? How can we cope with nervousness? Let’s find out.

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Why Do We Cry?

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It’s okay. You can cry. Okay, but why do we cry after watching something really sad or after a tough break up? If you think about it, crying is very very strange. I mean our face turns all red, and water just starts bursting out our eyes.  Well let’s see what science has to say about this.  Continue reading