How Bill Nye is Saving the World

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Bill Nye (the Science Guy!) is a mechanical engineer and active science communicator on television and in print. He inspired thousands of children with the use of science on his show, Bill Nye the Science Guy back in the 90s. Since then, he has written a couple books and done plenty of talks and interviews advocating science education and its importance. His new Netflix television series, Bill Nye Saves the World has more of a serious undertone, addressing the world’s leading problems such as climate change, vaccines, space exploration, GMO’s, over-population, and more.

Popularizing science and the discussion of these topics done by people such as Bill Nye and others are only contributing a positive impact on the world, one topic at a time. With every eye-opening or controversial-argument-brewing discussion or thought that takes place, we get closer to a better, more educated public. Despite difference in opinion, it’s vitally important to address these topics no matter how hard they are to think about. I 100 percent recommend the tv-show, or ones like it, to get you thinking about how you can save the world too.

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What is Pseudoscience? -blog make up

There are a lot of misconceptions about pseudoscience. What is it, how do you identify it, and why is it important to distinguish from real science?

Quite literally the definition of pseudoscience is any belief or practice that has mistakenly been regarded as being based as factual or scientific, without any actual evidence or study with the use of real scientific method. Pseudosciences include creation science, astrology, the study of chakras, tarot cards, palm readings, and all other practices characterized to claim to do the impossible or unnatural.

The first example I’ll give would be Numerology. Numerology is also called pseudomathematics as well as a pseudoscience because it claims to be studying the numbers that are involved in historic events to come up with its conclusions about the divine and such. Numerologists claim there is a special relationship between numbers and coinciding events. The danger in believing such a pseudoscience is in the conclusions that are drawn, claiming to know when the universe will end or predict when a natural catastrophe will strike could potentially negatively effect a person’s life.

The reason pseudoscience is hard to get a grasp on is because it can appear in many places undetected to a non-scientist. From the more obvisous paranormal “sciences” to even some forms of social science such as some psychology practices, pseudoscientific claims have haunted the science community for centuries.

Even less detected, consumer products such as beauty or food products make claims that aren’t scientifically sound. Practices like this include what’s called “angel dusting” or putting in small amounts of a supplement or ingredient to claim that it is active in the product when there really isn’t enough to make any difference. Being a conscious buyer in a consumer market is vital when hearing these claims being made by a lot of corporate brands as well as the more “natural” companies trying to make a sale.7-ways-to-identify-pseudoscience-infographic

Machines Make Music? – Blog Make up

Machines have been made to create music for years now, but in an international study in Japan has made that music usable with an addition of probably the most important component of music: the response of the listener.

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As the listeners hear music wearing an EEG headset, data of their brainwaves gets fed to the computer, telling them the emotional state of the listener. With this new data, the computers can recreate those emotions in a listener to produce more music for the human listener to enjoy. Realistic uses for this tech would be making music for depressed or anxious patients in need of motivation to keep moving or patients needing to feel motivated to exercise.

Recently, Google has taken up the project of machine-made music also using real human minds to teach robots how to compose music. Google is calling their machine “Al” and I’m sure they have plenty of ideas of how to use it in the future. I suspect this ground-breaking tech will be part of our musical future. Who knows what this will bring to human/machine culture?

Final Post!

Hello for the last time!

Travel can often be bittersweet. Departing on a trip inevitably means leaving comfort, friends, and family behind, whether for two weeks or two years. A sense of loss often accompanies those who are going on a long trip, but it is offset by the excitement of exploring a new place and culture.

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As the school year comes to an end, all of the seniors have the next big trip on their mind. College is one of the most important experiences in a person’s life, but it also comes with a huge amount of stress. The same bittersweet feeling that comes with a long trip often also happens for high school seniors who are at a distinct end of an era in their lives. I, for one, have been realizing these past few days that this is truly the last time I will walk the halls of my school and the last time that I will see many of my dear classmates. While I am extraordinarily excited for my next adventure, I will definitely miss the people that have made the past fours years of my life so incredible.

There is something to be learned at a crossroad like this one. Enjoying the time that you are in without wishing to be elsewhere is of utmost importance to living a fulfilling life. If I had spent my whole time in high school wishing I were in college, this wonderful and horrible bittersweetness would not be nearly as meaningful as it is now.

Thank you all so much for reading this year, I wish you good travels!

Sincerely,

Marco Polo

Graduating with Honors in College

Hey everybody! TheCollegiate here, and I apologize for my lack of posting last week! I know the seniors in our journalism class are writing their final blog post this week- it will be so strange coming to an almost-empty class for the rest of the school year once they all graduate! The topic of senior graduation got me thinking about what I want to write for this week’s post, and so today I will be writing about college graduation- specifically, graduating with honors.

cap-diploma-1315412-1279x837There are a lot of different titles that high schools use during graduation ceremonies, the most common ones being Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Issaquah recently made the switch to honoring students with Latin honor titles, which is what most colleges do as well. The Latin titles are Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude.

Cum Laude is Latin for ‘With Honor,’ Magna Cum Laude for ‘With Great Honor,’ and Summa Cum Laude for ‘With Highest Honor.’ To earn any of these titles, you must have a somewhat high GPA. To earn the title of Cum Laude, you need a GPA of at least 3.5. The title of Magna Cum Laude comes with a GPA of 3.8-3.9, while a perfect GPA- something that is very difficult to obtain in college- will reward you with the title of Summa Cum Laude.

These titles, since they are based on GPA brackets, allow for more students to be distinguished for their academic achievements, which is part of the reason why Issaquah has adopted these titles for our senior graduation.

That’s it for this week’s blog post! I thought talking about similarities between Issaquah’s graduation awards and college graduation awards was an interesting topic to write about.

See you next week,

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Beat The Heat–The Green Way!

Hey Guys!

I’m so happy we are finally having some warm weather again! I don’t know about you but I spent my memorial day weekend laying out in the 80 degree weather at the pool and it was great. When the weather is this warm, lots of us are turning on our air conditioners in order to cool down. It may seem like a simple appliance, but are you aware of how big of an environmental footprint AC’s really have? Not only will these innovative heating and cooling systems help save the environment, they will also cut down on energy cost.

Geothermal Heating/Cooling Systems

Geothermal systems use stable ground temperatures to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With this system, one unit of electricity creates four units of heat cutting down on energy usage. Geothermal systems use heat pumps that circulate liquid through pipes buried in the ground. The liquid responds to the ground temperature and goes back up to the heat pump which either warms or coolsHTB127TqGVXXXXXNXVXXq6xXFXXXD your house. Because this kind of system doesn’t use a lot of electricity or rely on fossil fuels, it’s a very eco-friendly choice.

Solar Heating Systems

Heating and cooling systems that use solar energy are very effective and eras that receive adequate amounts of sun. They the heat of the sun through a fluid (usually water or non-toxic products) and transfer it into the home where it collects in a storage chamber for later use. That heat can be sent through radiators, radiant floor heating setups, hot water baseboards or central forced-air systems keeping you cool or warm when you need it.

Hybrid Solar Air Conditioners

Hybrid solar air conditioners rely both on solar energy and batteries. When there is sunlight, the air conditioner uses solar energy for both power and to charge the batteries. Most of these systems can run off a single solar panel, making them an easy addition to your household.

 

 

Memorial day weekend

Hello all, we are coming up on memorial day weekend and I am pumped. I am going to my bestfriends cabin in wenatchee and it is super fun. I go there about twice or three times a year so I am looking forward to it.

The weather has been very nice lately and I am estatic we are so close to summer i cant even wait. we have 15 school days left and only 8 of them are full days so that is nice.

In math i have two assignments left, my unit 7 test and math final. My class ends next friday so it is time for me to prepare myself properly for the final scores. I have an 81 in the class so that is a plus. Also, I am taking semester two algebra over the summer so that sucks (sarcasm).

Also I have learned this s much in journalism this year, i am really glad i got to take thiis class. I have become a much bette journalist and thats what i wanted when i sined up for this.

so here I am just had the time of my life in Wenatchee, and it was super fun. The lake was literally 50 degrees, and I jumped in and jumped right out. I went kayaking and there was a current for some reason so my arms are very tired.

now here I am going to camano an island an hour up north. My cousin has a cabin here so that’s really fun. I’m very tired though. Summer will come soon.

Chelsea Wins the League!

Hello everyone,

Last Friday, Chelsea clinched the Premier League Title with a 1-0 win against West Brom. Chelsea had been the top team for most of the year and their consistency proved too much for the other contenders. Chelsea came off of a very poor season last year where they came in tenth place, a very low spot for the quality and the history of their team. With a new coach this year they figured some things out and made a few acquisitions to recapture the Premier League Title. Most of the league has two games remaining and the rest of the top teams are battling it out for the remaining top 4 spots and the worse teams are fighting to remain in the league.

The teams that finish in the top four of the Premier League qualify for the next year’s Champions League, which is a huge honor for any club. Chelsea and Tottenham have the top two spots locked, but the other two will come down to the final day. Manchester City currently holds third and unless they lose badly and both Arsenal and Liverpool win, then they should claim the third spot. The fourth spot is a little tighter. Liverpool controls their own destiny as they are one point ahead of Arsenal. Liverpool also plays Middlesborough, who will finish second to last in the table. Arsenal has a tough match-up against Everton, so Liverpool fans should feel good about their chances. However, you never know; some crazy things have happened on the final day of the Premier League.

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Back To Reality

IMG_2441Hello all, as you know my last couple of blogs were pretty positive. I was having a good couple of weeks, it felt weird and I knew it was going to end soon. Well, this is the week where I came back to reality. Now, I am more of the glass is half full kind of guy then half empty. However this week was a battle when it comes to school work.

I was building in chemistry. My grade was climbing slowly but surely and then boom I get a 7/14 on our test thursday. I am not going to lie, that was rough, Now I usually shrug it off and not worry but i was genuinly confused on how i did so bad. I studied for an hour the night before and felt confident. So that was a bummer.

Work this week was pretty awful too, one of our bussers quit and a new busser came on staff. I know what you are all thinking right now, “hey thats great you have a new busser!!!” well not exactly. I was supposed to train him and wow I learned i do not have as much patience as i thought i did. Being a Bus boy is not a hard job to understand and get the hang of. I trained him for three days and he still has absolutely no idea what he is doing. This is testing me but I have to be nice and respectful.

My math final is in two weeks so i have to go hard this weekend and get as far as i can through my last unit before my final so i have time to study for my final and get ready. It is a big portion of my grade so its time to put in the work.

Also – I always wear ankle socks (hence the pic) Anyways, have a good weekend and enjoy the sun!

The Columbine Massacre

Hey Guys,

Since most of my blogs are about serial killers nowadays, i’m running out of serial killers to write about so now I’m going to write about Columbine and i’m going to stop writing about serial killers/mass murderers (maybe).

On April 20th, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado two teenagers named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold massacred their peers in their high school. At 11:19 AM they started shooting outside of the school and moved towards the library. Shortly after 12 PM they shot themselves. Before the massacre, they put a bomb in a bag and left in the school. The students went outside to wait until the bomb would explode but it never did so Eric and Dylan started shooting the students outside and eventually went inside.

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They took the lives of 13 students. 15 including themselves.

Champions League Final is Set

Hey everyone,

We are now into the finals of the UEFA Champions League and Real Madrid and Juventus have proven they are the top two teams in Europe. On Tuesday, Juventus faced off against Monaco. Monaco came out aggressive as the had to make up the two goals they conceded in the first match, but Juventus’ stout defense held them off early. Because of Monaco’s aggressive style, they were left susceptible on defense. Juventus scored two goals in the first half, which totaled their lead to 4-0 on aggregate. Monaco got one back in the second half, but by that point Juventus had already stamped their ticket to the final.

The next day, Real Madrid came into their match against cross-town rival Atletico Madrid with a 3-0 lead. However, Atletico came out on fire and scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and a comeback seemed possible. Real Madrid was able to settle down and get a goal late in the first half. A second half comeback seemed unlikely and Real Madrid held on to win 4-2 on aggregate.

Real Madrid and Juventus will play the final on June 3rd. Many people will be highly anticipating this matchup as Juventus is known for their organized and solid defense, while Christiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid have a powerful attack. If Real Madrid win, they would be the first back-to-back champion in UEFA Champions League history and it would be their 12th title. If Juventus were to win, it would be there 3rd title and the first in 20 years.

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May Is Brewing.

IMG_2302We Have officially less than 30 days of school!!! Let’s go this is the best news of my life. I can’t believe it I am so happy! Hahah summer is my favorite time.

Also I am doing running start next year andnim looking forward to not being at the highschool as much. It’ll be a change but one I’m willing to achieve greatness in.

School this week was a breeze and I’m doing well in my toughest classes math and science. I gotta keep my foot on the gas pedal and not let up. I’m so close and my parents will be very proud of me if my grades stay where they are or even improve.

so this week was going pretty well right? Well guess what happened Friday. My friends and I were playing basketball at the local gym and my friends car got robbed. The person took his backpack and his laptop. We have no idea who did it and we called the cops but there isn’t much they can necessarily do at this point.

I am pumped for the new marvel movie, I am a big fan and I am planning on seeing it tomorrow with my bros. this is a good time in my life.

I am starting to look at colleges to attend and I have officially narrowed my list to five schools. Oregon, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, and NorthWest Missouri State. All are so different and offer me many different things. I most likely won’t go to college with any of my friends so I’m prepared to make more.

Cascadia Mushroom Farm

Over the weekend my family and I took a trip over to Bothell to visit one of the largest mushroom farms in the state. The Cascadia Mushroom farm is home to three main species they cultivate. They have a variety of strains for oyster, pioppini, and mainly shiitake mushrooms, they also used to cultivate reishi as well, which is still sold from their dried storage. This small scale commercial farm incubates about 12,000 spawn bags at a single time, not including the mature bags they have in the fruiting room where mushrooms are cultivated. We were told on a normal week, they harvest about 500 pounds of mushrooms a week. This quarter ton of mushrooms get distributed to multiple grocery stores, to high-end restaurants and farmers market stands. There is a decent chance that the last batch of oyster, shiitake or pioppini mushrooms you bought at your local WA grocery store came straight from Cascadia Mushrooms.

They use organic materials to use as substrate for their mushrooms. They mostly use local straw, local wheat bran, and local sawdust. These materials would likely be burned if it was not sent to the farm as they are mostly byproducts from wheat and animal farms, and the sawdust comes from a local wood milling company that only uses their dust as a burning fuel source for the mill. So the farm utilizes basically waste products from other farms and turns them into food and amazing compost. The spent spawn that the mushrooms grow from will eventually be piled up and broken down into a potent compost which is then sold back to local farms to use. So consider to take a trip to Cascadia Mushroom farm or another local produce grower and take a close look at where our food really comes from and meet the people who are responsible for it.

Plant and Prosper!

Founder Alex Winstead holding a fruiting block of shiitake mushrooms

Founder Alex Winstead holding a fruiting block of shiitake mushrooms