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Vivien He researched, designed, built, and tested the device over the summer. The device was roughly $100. (Photo from Vivien He)   When an earthquake occurs, having even just a few seconds of warning can make a big difference. A heads-up gives people a chance to protect themselves. This is what ShakeAlert, an earthquake early warning system, aims to do. But the system is expensive and very consumer-friendly. Recently, a high school junior built a cheaper solution using parts that totaled ...
Pharrell Williams has started a new initiative to teach music coding to middle and high school students. Students in the U.S and Canada are eligible to enter.   Pharrell Williams teamed up with Amazon and Georgia Tech for an initiative, called Your Voice is Power, that teaches music coding to middle and high school students. The initiative offers a platform to 1,000,000 students who have big music ambitions.   YELLOW, the artist’s non-profit organization, announced that the i ...
More people are turning to citizen science during quarantine to give back to the community and contribute to scientific research. Just because you don’t have a scientific background doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to research.   This is also a question I ask you, have you done anything like this during the pandemic. Let me know in the comment below.   The ongoing pandemic has not only caused a surge in Animal Crossing players. It’s also caused a rise in cit ...
Researchers at MIT showed how coding activates the multiple demand network in our brain. Subjects were tested on their comprehension of Python and ScratchJr. (Image credit: MIT)   Some describe coding is like learning a new language. Others think it’s closer to solving mathematical problems. A new MIT study shows that it’s actually something else. Researchers at MIT have found that reading computer code activates a distributed network called the multiple demand network, which i ...
Every year, in July, the world celebrates, among other things, the World Youth Skills Day. This year the UN leaders got together to discuss how to improve youth employment rate amidst and post-pandemic. (Image credit: from unesco.org)   The UN holds the World Youth Skills Day every year with the goal of finding solutions to improve the employment rate among young people (people between the age of 15 and 24). Last held on July 15th, 2020. It is important to note first that about 25% of the ...
The team has been in development since March and is almost ready to be used in hospitals. The girls received guidance from Harvard University. (Image credit: JALIL REZAYEE/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTOCK)   As the coronavirus continues to spread, access to ventilators to treat those affected remains a problem, especially outside of the US. In Afghanistan, a team of young girls took action and created their own low-cost ventilator when the virus began to spread. Now, the device is in its final stages ...
Anika discovered a drug that binds to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, potentially preventing the virus from infecting and reproducing in the human body. (Image Credit: 3M)   As the pandemic is ongoing across the globe, scientists are rallying to find a cure for the coronavirus, which has killed over 1.1 million people worldwide. One person who stands out in the effort to stop the spread is 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu from Frisco, Texas. Anika discovered a potential anti-coronavirus drug th ...
At just 12 years old, Jackson Oswalt became the youngest person to build a nuclear fusion reactor in his home.  He was able to use the nuclear fusion reactor to fuse two deuterium atoms together. (Image Credit: Guinness World Records)   Is this the real-life Sheldon Cooper? Jackson Oswalt, a 12-year old genius from Memphis, Tennessee, constructed a functional, tiny nuclear fusion reactor in his family's playroom, just hours before his 13th birthday on January 2018. This makes him the ...
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. The women first published their discovery in 2012. (Image credit: CNN)   Two 2020 Nobel Prize winners have made history. The Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing. The pair discovered the groundbreaking CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, which allows researchers to ...
LEGO plans on investing $400 million over three years. The plan covers current costs and long-term investments. One of which includes eliminating the use of individual plastic bags in its products. (Image Credit: LEGO)   On September 15, 2020, LEGO announced that it plans on investing $400 million over three years in an effort to accelerate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. The plans cover a wide range of areas. One of which includes eliminating the use of individual pl ...
The institutions were in danger of closing due to the pandemic but managed to raise over $1.5-million to remain open. (Image credit: U.S. Space & Rocket Center via GoFundMe)   The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a museum that showcases famous rockets, achievements, and artifacts of America’s space program in one form or another. Some of the great exhibits include the Saturn I Block 2 Dynamic Test Vehicle, the Apollo 16 Command Module, and even the Apollo 12 Mobile Quarantine Fa ...
NASA is asking university students to help solve the lunar dust issue. The winners will be given up to $180,000 to build, test, and showcase their technologies. (Image Credit: NASA)   Lunar dust can be quite dangerous, especially for astronauts, since it's toxic for their lungs. It can also damage spacesuits, equipment and spacecraft. If we're to create a base there or perform future tasks on the surface, then something has to change.   That's why NASA is reaching out to university s ...
Koch will spend a total of 328 days in space, breaking a record previously set by Peggy Whitson (Image credit: NASA)   NASA astronaut Christina Koch recently made history. The 40-year-old electrical engineer broke the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the previous record of 288 days set by former Station Commander Peggy Whitson. Koch is expected to spend a total of 328 days onboard before she returns to Earth in February 2020. Typical missions last about six mo ...
Move over Albert Einstein, Adhara Pérez is an eight-year-old genius. Adhara Pérez is said to be smarter than Albert Einstein (Image credit Ricardo B. Salinas. Hola!)   Meet the little girl who may be smarter than Albert Einstein. Eight-year-old Adhara Pérez is reported to have an IQ range well into the triple-digit, making slightly higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking, both of whom were said to have an IQ of 160.   The Mexico City Native learned about her hig ...
DIY, crafting, building is a huge part of Halloween these days. I enjoyed putting together this collection of projects fueled by the holiday spirit. I walk you through how I built these from start to finish, include schematics and code. Everything you need to get started! If you do go to build any of these, feel free to reach out to me if you have any trouble.   First up is my favorite, “The Scary Door.” A lot of time went into this one, I think is has the most potential f ...

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