The Science Survey

The Man-Made Fires Choking Indonesia

The Man-Made Fires Choking Indonesia

Anna Ye, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2019

The Amazon isn’t the only forest being burned to the ground at this very moment. On the other side of the world, in Indonesia’s tropical forests, home to 10% of the world’s species of reptiles, birds, and mammals, palm oil plantation owners are actively setting fire to the landscape to clear land...

Trump Denies Devastated Puerto Rico

Trump Denies Devastated Puerto Rico

Eshika Talukder, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2019

In the past months, an influx of hurricanes have devastated equatorial countries, like India and Mexico. Numerous studies have shown that the surge of natural disasters isn’t so natural—they’re brought upon by the ever-pressing issue of climate change. In accordance with his history of neglecting ...

Is It An Alien This Time?

Is It An Alien This Time?

Afifa Areya, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

The first interstellar object was detected Oct 19, 2017. It was dubbed ‘Oumuamua’ after the Hawaiian word for Scout. Following its predecessor, a second object was recently detected entering our solar system from distant galaxies.  The object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), better known as 2I/Borisov, was...

The Face of Famine in North Korea: Blindness, Cannibalism, Escape

The Face of Famine in North Korea: Blindness, Cannibalism, Escape

Jean Namgung, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

 “When‌ ‌you‌ ‌read‌ ‌this,‌ ‌our‌ ‌five‌ ‌family‌ ‌members‌ ‌will‌ ‌not‌ ‌exist‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌world‌ ‌because‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌not‌ ‌eaten‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌few‌ ‌weeks.‌ ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌lying‌ ‌o...

Lack of Gun Control

Lack of Gun Control

Carolyn Chui, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

The majority of Americans (89% according to a WSJ poll) support some measure of gun control, yet even after four mass shootings this summer, no laws have been passed. There were four mass shootings this summer: Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, Odessa, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In total, thirty-six peop...

Ebola Strikes Again

Ebola Strikes Again

Angela Phuong, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Ebola.  This virus is spread after having physical contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals like fruit bats, chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope or porcupines. Once a person is infected by touching or eating the animals, human to human transmiss...

The Democrats of Tomorrow

The Democrats of Tomorrow

Leo Ellenberg, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Even though the presidential election will be held next November, the race for the Democratic nomination is bustling with 17 nominees campaigning.  This wide array of candidates makes it difficult for students and voters to understand what makes each one unique. When asked about the upcoming electi...

Purdue Pharma, Manufacturer of Opioid OxyContin, Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma, Manufacturer of Opioid OxyContin, Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Caleb Yam, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

In the federal courthouse of White Plains, NY, Purdue Pharma, known for its role in the opioid crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in mid-September. The private Connecticut pharmaceutical company and manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin, is being held responsible for setting off the ongoing opi...

New York Becomes the Second State to Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

New York Becomes the Second State to Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

Russell Kwong, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

With growing concerns about climate change, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill earlier this year in which New York would become the second state, following California, to ban plastic bags. As the movement for sustainability increases, climate activists are taking action to save the planet. In Septembe...

Medicare for All

Medicare for All

Akshay Raju, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Step into a doctor’s office, one of the first questions asked is “What is your insurance?” but what if that wasn’t the case? What if, instead, the government paid for your medical expenses? That is the sweeping overhaul that Senators and presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren...

Why Can’t I Act? Sing? Dance? Anything? Anywhere?

Why Can’t I Act? Sing? Dance? Anything? Anywhere?

Melanie Lin, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

When former Super Junior member Han Geng was casted into SM Entertainment, he was shocked to discover that he wouldn't be allowed to chase his dreams. The former dancer, now aspiring actor, explained that his company would not get him any roles in TV series or dramas. “I wanted to act,” he said....

Big Tech Takeover

Big Tech Takeover

Cadence Chen, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

2020 Presidential Democratic hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has revitalized the Big Tech censorship conversation with her $50 million lawsuit against Google last August. The candidate alleges that the tech giant has encroached on her First Amendment rights to free speech and is attempting to inter meddle i...

The Unfair Fight

The Unfair Fight

Margaux Reyl, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

We all remember learning about extreme voter suppression in the south during the Jim Crow Era in American History.  Designed by state governments, literacy exams of 30 questions to be completed in less than ten minutes, and where one wrong answer meant failure, were designed to frustrate and demoralize pro...

The Global Water Shortage Still Persists, and It’s Getting Worse

The Global Water Shortage Still Persists, and It’s Getting Worse

Sophie Livingstone, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

2020 is fast approaching and with it comes impending doom for millions of people as their clean water runs out. A global water crisis, especially prevalent in the Middle East, is on the rise as the effects of climate change become more widespread. Countries such as India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Ira...

Bronx Science Students Strike For Climate Action

Bronx Science Students Strike For Climate Action

Lavanya Manickam, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

“We’re gonna strike for you, will you strike for us?” This was the chant that Edie Fine, Nayu Shimo, and Haley Sim, students at the Bronx High School of Science, taught their peers on Friday, September 20th, 2019. It was fourth period, and instead of practicing kinematic equations or discus...

The Slow Decline of Airline Pilots

The Slow Decline of Airline Pilots

Alex Tembelis, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Fifty percent of current airline pilots are expected to retire within the coming years, leaving a major vacuum in the industry. Data from aerospace manufacturer Boeing has projected that 645,000 new pilots will need to enter the global field by 2038, and Airbus’s charts have projected a demand of 550,...

Global Child Mortality Rate is Dropping Drastically

Global Child Mortality Rate is Dropping Drastically

Alina Chan, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Living in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saamiya was only a two-month baby when she became afflicted with diarrheal disease in 2018. Fortunately, she was not among the 500,000 children that die annually from this affliction. She was treated at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (I...

Border Wall Threatens History

Border Wall Threatens History

Ramisa Promi, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

The Arizona Sonoran Desert, home to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, has a history that dates back 16,000 years. It has been home to various indigenous peoples, such as the Hohokam Indians, and tribes, such as the Yaqui and Pima, currently have reservations throughout the desert. The desert also...

Record Breakers

Record Breakers

Rasheed Hossain, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

I can remember the amazement I felt watching the newest episode of my favorite car show Top Gear about a decade ago. Host James May suited up for a lap in the newly released Bugatti Veyron at Volkswagen’s top speed text track, the Ehra Lessien. The Veyron’s design immediately lived up to its reputati...

#justiceforjunior Killers Sentenced to Life in Prison

#justiceforjunior Killers Sentenced to Life in Prison

Ruhika Ponda, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

His parents and teachers described him as “a good kid” who was always willing to help others in any way that he could. Thousands of mourners attended his funeral, many of whom did not know the young victim personally.  Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Felix was only 15 years old at the time of his de...

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