Category: Science/Health/Tech

Illustration by Lindsay Lang

Hunting for zombie deer

By Crystal Gwizdala, S&H editor. UNIVERSITY CENTER – As far as zombies go, these are pretty typical: bubbling lymph nodes, bulging spinal cords and sloppy saliva. There aren’t too many — somewhere under 17,000. But they don’t want to eat us; we want to eat them. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an incurable, fatal neurological disease affecting deer, poses a major […]

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Mind your meditation practice

By Crystal Gwizdala, S&H Editor.   PERRY – Mid-terms are over, time to breathe. Except the end-of-semester crunch is closing in, with cumulative exams and research papers dampening any hope for joy. Everything is subject to stress. You are, trees are, and so is the linoleum floor. One way to manage stress is by practicing mindfulness meditation, an ancient practice […]

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November is World Vegan Month!

By Crystal Gwizdala, S&H editor. Friday, Nov. 1 marks World Vegan Day, the kick-off to World Vegan Month. World Vegan Day first started in 1994 on the 50th anniversary of The Vegan Society’s founding in the United Kingdom. Veganism has been growing in popularity recently. These celebrities are proud vegans: Billie Eilish Ariana Grande James Cameron Jennifer Lopez Jay-Z and […]

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Illustration by Lindsay Lang

Why are humans infatuated with fear?

By Crystal Gwizdala, Science & Health editor Let’s watch a movie — how about something with cannibal clowns? Home invaders? Demonic monsters with a craving for eyeballs? What creature in their right mind seeks out fear, the very thing that screams, “do something, or maybe you’d rather die?!” Fight or flight? Sounds fun. Hold my popcorn. Some humans crave fear. […]

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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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Illustration by Lindsey Lang

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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