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Quad Queries: Episode #8

Quad Queries: Episode #8

Today's Quad Queries episode is extra special— an interview with two of our SURJ leaders: Anne-Sophie Lacombe Garcia and Sofia Sepulveda. Not only will they be talking about SURJ, but you'll get to hear more advice about managing different responsibilities, college applications, and community. https://vimeo.com/545715664
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From Babbling to Birdsong: What Finches Can Teach Us About Vocal Learning

From Babbling to Birdsong: What Finches Can Teach Us About Vocal Learning

This article by Kelly Shen '23 was one of the top 11 winners of the New York Times's "The Learning Network" competition— the second annual  STEM Writing Contest. The photo is from the New York Times article where it was published. This is a huge accomplishment and we thought it would be fitting to include it in the Quad for those who haven't seen it online! Imagine listening to Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro,” as performed by a two-month-old baby, or Bizet’s “Habanera” crooned by a toddler. In some sense, that is what you hear when a baby finch practices…
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Answering All Your Science Questions!

Answering All Your Science Questions!

Kelly Shen '23, image from Unsplash.com Instead of the latest news, for today’s article I decided to compile a list of science questions we’ve all probably wondered at some point. So here are five science questions and the answers that you’ve been dying to know :) 1. Why do we die if we don’t drink water? You know the answer to this one. We’ll dehydrate. But really, what’s the reason? Is it because our cells are drying up? Or is it because we can’t produce saliva and other fluids anymore? There are actually multiple reasons as to why we need…
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The Great Cluster in Hercules

The Great Cluster in Hercules

Carl Crum '24 If you thought the Messier 3 globular cluster was impressive, then say hello to the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules! Although this stellar assembly has fewer stars than Messier 3, it is considered one of the most beautiful deep-sky objects in the northern hemisphere. The two giant stars around the Great Cluster are Eta and Zeta Herculis, and in the top-right corner of the image is NGC 6207, a distant spiral galaxy 30 million light years away. Due to the cluster’s immense age (over 11 billion years old), its stars only contain 5% of the iron our…
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Ultra-White Paint Might Soon Replace Air Conditioners

Ultra-White Paint Might Soon Replace Air Conditioners

Kelly Shen '23, image from Unsplash.com A new coat of paint is a simple way to freshen up your home. Soon, it could also help keep your house cool. Researchers at Purdue University have developed an ultra-white paint that reflects 98.1 percent of sunlight, and could possibly keep surfaces up to 19 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their surroundings.  The team of scientists in Purdue’s engineering department recently published the findings, stating “Our paint only absorbs 1.9 percent of the sunlight, whereas commercial paint absorbs 10 to 20 percent of sunlight.”  The paint may be a marked improvement from current heat-rejecting…
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