Josh Andah Editorial Board Writer

Class of 2020


  • Conservation efforts should consider the effects of 'watermelon snow'

    Pink algae is accelerating glacial melting — you heard that right. Nick-named ‘watermelon snow’, the crimson-colored snow is the result of Chlamydomonas nivalis and similiar speciesgrowing rapidly. This algae grows on icebergs and colors the snow a pinkish-crimson color. The darker color of the snow makes it melt faster. In fact, the algae may have cause up to six percent of glacial melting.

    SciTech | September 25, 2017
  • SciTech Briefs

    Fatal Tesla car crash with Autopilot on pinned on human error

    A year and a half ago, a man called Joshua Brown died behind the wheel of a Tesla while using the Autopilot feature. A truck merging into his lane was not seen by the software, hitting the Model T in the side and killing Brown instantly.

    SciTech | September 18, 2017
  • How Things Work: Powerful hurricanes are powered by warmer seas and climate change

    Hurricane Harvey inundated much of Houston in several inches of water in a matter of days. This week, Hur- ricane Irma’s 185 mph winds are devastating the Caribbean and heading for Florida next. We’re right in the grips of hurricane season, so it seems like there’s a storm every other week. In fact, there are two others forming in the Gulf of Mexico right now: Hurricanes José and Katia.

    SciTech | September 11, 2017
  • Research Spotlight: Researchers are adding fairness to automated systems

    Anupam Datta, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon, is taking on the challenge of adding fair- ness to automated tasks. With a $3 million fund from the Natural Science Foundation, Datta hopes to improved automated tasks that affect healthcare, criminal justice, and advertisement. This would be done by making these systems, in a sense, more fair.

    SciTech | September 11, 2017
  • Uber rival Taxify launches, then halts operations in London

    An up and coming Uber competitor recently launched its service in London, then took it down a mere three days later. The Estonian ride- hailing app has been marketed as a much cheaper rival to Uber; it’s fares average half of those on Uber.

    SciTech | September 11, 2017