National Parks: Virunga

by Maimouna Kante Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest National Park, it is located east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is a UNESCO- designated World Heritage Site. The park is known for its biodiversity and geological features. According to Visit Virunga, the park was established by King Albert I of Belgium as Albert National Park. Establishing the park allowed preservation of the … Continue reading National Parks: Virunga

Chinese Space Station Falls Back to Earth

by Brittany Greve A Chinese space station that has been on track to fall to Earth has finally crashed. Hailey Lara (‘21) said, “It’s kind of scary to think that it could happen, even though most of it gets destroyed in the atmosphere before it hits us.” The Tiangong-1 space lab reentered Earth’s atmosphere Monday morning, landing somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. China’s Manned Space … Continue reading Chinese Space Station Falls Back to Earth

The Last Male White Northern Rhino Died

by Abigail Mullen On March 19, the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, died. He passed away at age 45 due to infections and age-related health problem at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Now his daughter, Najon, and granddaughter, Fatu, are the only remaining northern white rhinos.These rhinos are a subspecies of the southern white rhinos, and they lived on the grasslands of east and … Continue reading The Last Male White Northern Rhino Died

Forest Findings: Cottontail Rabbit

by Violet Wallerstein There are two main types of rabbits that are found in New Jersey, the Eastern cottontail and the New England cottontail. One of our writers spotted two rabbits outside the Methodists Archives one night, but the exact species of rabbit cannot be determined because they are so similar. According to National Geographic, the Eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus, is the most common type … Continue reading Forest Findings: Cottontail Rabbit

New Northern Lights Named Steve

by Katelynn Fleming You may be familiar with the aurora borealis, the mesmerizing northern lights, named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas. However, you probably have not heard of a more recently discovered northern light with a much more modern name: Steve.   Steve is an atypical northern light in that it occurs south … Continue reading New Northern Lights Named Steve

Dr. Garcia Presents Research in RISE Talk

by Violet Wallerstein On Wednesday, March 29, the RISE program hosted a guest lecturer as part of their regular lecture series, this one featuring a more biological spin. Dr. Maria Luisa Garcia came to talk about her work developing a new hypertensive drug in her presentation “Targeting the Inward-rectifier Potassium Channel ROMK in Cardiovascular Disease.” She completed her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at the Universidad … Continue reading Dr. Garcia Presents Research in RISE Talk

National Parks: Monteverde

by Maimouna Kante Perhaps if George Powell had not visited Monteverde, it would have been a sight lost to farming in 1972. During one of their visits to Costa Rica, Powell and his wife, along with a Costa Rican resident, pushed to make the Monteverde Cloud Forest a reserve. It is no secret that this forest hosts a wide variety of species because Costa Rica … Continue reading National Parks: Monteverde

GMO Corn Has Many Benefits

by Jesse Murray A group of Italian researchers recently completed a meta-analysis comparing GMO corn variants to their non-GMO counterparts. GMOs are genetically modified organisms. This meta-analysis included over 6,000 peer reviewed studies from 21 years of field data on GMO corn. Its main findings were that GMO corn varieties increased yields by 5.6 to 24.5 percent compared to non-GMO corn. Furthermore, GMO corn had … Continue reading GMO Corn Has Many Benefits

Forest Findings: Daffodil

by Colleen Dabrowski With the start of Spring, plant life all across campus should start to bloom. The first sign of the seasons turning has been the early sprouting of daffodils. Daffodils are a hardy flower and one of the few species that can grow through snow. Narcissus is a genus of plants from the Amaryllidaceae family, commonly known as daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus or jonquil. … Continue reading Forest Findings: Daffodil

23andMe Releases Breast Cancer Test

Violet Wallerstein On March 6, 23andMe announced that the FDA has approved its first direct-to-consumer test for mutations in the BRCA gene which are linked to breast cancer. This test is following their release the previous year of a test showing the person’s risk for ten diseases. According to Scientific American, the FDA approval is based on the accuracy of the test as well as … Continue reading 23andMe Releases Breast Cancer Test