Category: Science/Health/Tech

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World Mental Health Day: Suicide prevention

By Crystal Gwizdala, Science & Health editor. One person dies by suicide every seven hours in Michigan, the second leading cause of death in people aged 15-34, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Thursday, Oct. 10 marks World Mental Health Day. The focus this year is suicide prevention. Feeling stressed? Here are five tips for coping with it, […]

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This quantum computer, produced by IBM, has a 50-qubit processor. (Photo credit: Flickr)

Lessons to compute quantumly, generally

By Patrick Sochacki, reporter Quantum? I don’t even know ‘em. What do you do when you want to hide your missile silo? Use complicated math problems to change the message with the coordinates so humans can’t understand it. A very hard math problem for us might take centuries or millennia but for a regular computer, it might mean 100 hours. […]

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Crystal Clear: How do leaves change color?

By Crystal Gwizdala, Science and Health editor Q: How do leaves change color? A: Leaves change color in the fall because leaves are very sensitive to sunlight. Once we get into the fall, the length of daylight shortens and so the leaves pick up on that. They start breaking down chlorophyll.  Q: Chlorophyll is what’s green, right? A: Yeah, chlorophyll […]

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Chris Curtis is a Professor of Psychology at Delta College.

Learning to learn better

By Crystal Gwizdala, Science & Health editor.   You’ve studied history, science, and math, but has anyone taught you how to actually learn? You might think you’ve mastered being a student, however, I want to challenge you to do better.    “We’re not effective at doing what most of us think we’re effective at doing,” says Chris Curtis, Professor of […]

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It’s equinox time; pick up your PSL!

  By Rebecca Roberts, Photo editor   It’s that time of year again, folks—there’s a chill in the air, but not in my pumpkin spice latte! Monday, September 23, marked the first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. This day is referred to as the autumnal equinox, or September equinox, and signifies an equal length of day and night.  […]

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Crystal Clear: What are essential oils?

  By Crystal Gwizdala, Science & Health editor.   Q: With all the hype about essential oils, is there any truth behind any of them helping or having health benefits?   A: Yes, actually. So we think essential oils are new, but they’ve actually been used as medicine, spices and perfumes for thousands of years according to the fourth edition […]

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Don’t walk through college alone

Don’t walk through college alone

By Maddison Godi, Collegiate Life editor. Why do we all feel so lonely roaming the halls of Delta? Growing up, parents, teachers and upperclassmen bragged about how “it would all get better in college.” So, why hasn’t it? According to Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. at Psychology Today, “We may be in touch with many more people than ever before and […]

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Take a hike in the Tri Cities

Take a hike in the Tri Cities

By Crystal Gwizdala, Science & Health editor. Whether you’re feeling stir-crazy or a stir for nature, these casual hiking trails are the perfect blend of wildlife and convenience. Sure, treadmills are controlled and sidewalks are flat (-ish), but occasionally we need something different from our walk: the sound of wind tickling the leaves, the crunch of a twig under your […]

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Crystal Clear: Does smiling make us happy?

Crystal Clear: Does smiling make us happy?

By Crystal Gwizdala, Science & Health editor. Q: Does smiling make us happy? A: Well, happiness is a big topic. For our discussion, I’ll refer to happiness as the emotion, rather than the state of mind. So yes, it does have an impact on how joyful or happy you feel. Q: Can you fake your mood or trick your body […]

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How students can sleep to success

How students can sleep to success

By RJ Murphy, reporter. What constitutes a good night’s sleep? When we fall asleep, the body cycles through several different stages of sleep. According to Medical News Today, the most important stage is REM sleep, or rapid eye movement. We enter REM sleep about 90 minutes after first falling asleep. It is during this stage that the body and mind […]

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