Japan’s Hyabusa2 mothership delays landing on asteroid
There’s a quite a bit of excitement surrounding the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Hyabusa2 project, and rightly so — launched in Dec. 2014, the mothership and its hopping probes have not only reached the Ryugu asteroid, but have also sent back stunning images of the asteroid’s surface, giving us a close view of these flying chunks of space rock. However, JAXA will have to wait a little...SciTech | October 15, 2018
Sokal Squared just confirms a foregone conclusion
The world of academia just got exposed, and it isn’t pretty.
As reported by The Atlantic, three humanities scholars have spent the past 12 months writing 20 papers boasting ridiculous claims, attempting to get them published within reputable journals in areas such as gender studies and queer studies. Despite how ludicr...Forum | October 15, 2018
The dangers of increasing immersion in video games
If you’re an avid gamer like me, then you’re probably excited about the lineup of upcoming games, including titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Fallout 76, and Anthem. The great thing about video games is that they get better and better over time, as the requisite technology improves to better support the artistic visions of game developers. This is evident when we...Pillbox | October 8, 2018
Process-oriented Learning in Secondary Education
Ever since elementary school, we were always told to show our work, so that in the event we got the answer wrong, we could get some partial credit. Documenting your thought processes is most prevalent in the STEM fields, where exams are designed to assess topics requiring some element of computation and critical thinking.
The idea of receiving partial credit is great, not just because it helps...Forum | October 8, 2018
Beto O’ Rourke: a breath of fresh air in politics
Politics is exhausting.
It feels like every time you open a newspaper or update your Google News feed (or however else you get your daily dose), the headlines are dominated by three recurring themes: controversies surrounding Kavanaugh, controversies surrounding President Trump, and maybe a few articles here and there about our international policy faux pas.
Unless you’re a robot — or are ...Forum | October 1, 2018