Archives for February 2019

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Better Than The Competition?

Boeing 787-8 maiden flight overhead view (c) Dave Sizer, CC BY-SA 3.0 The 787 Dreamliner is touted by media to be one of the best planes on the planet right now. Many travelers find it to be one of the most comfortable planes to ride in. Airlines seem to love buying them (Boeing has delivered … [Read more...]

The Perfect Bite

Tempering (c) Saanse CC BY-SA 2.0 I love chocolate. I love the way snaps as I break it apart and the way it melts in my mouth. When I was little, I would simply melt chocolate chips in the microwave and pour them into silicone moulds. This way, I could eat larger pieces of chocolate instead of … [Read more...]

My Ongoing Quest to not talk about Quantum Mechanics in Social Studies

Whenever someone asks me what my favourite class in school is, I usually say Math or Science. I enjoy these courses so much because everything I learn is something that can be verified as true or not true, simply by testing it. I enjoy the repeatability of these subjects because I can usually … [Read more...]

Self-Driving Cars: Making “Auto” in Automobile a Bit More Literal

On my way back home I saw this strange white and purple vehicle. The car stood out because the design looked like a trolley from the 1900s mixed with a Smart car. The symmetrical design was strange because it had no space for a driver. It took about half a second to realize, it had no driver: it was … [Read more...]

Mucus Transplants

While reading the news the other day, a certain article caught my eye. Or should I say caught my nose? According to the Vancouver Sun, Dr. Amin Javer from St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC is running a very peculiar experiment. It consists of taking a healthy person's mucus and implanting it in … [Read more...]

A possible treatment for split ends?

Long hair in a ponytail, (c) Stilfehler (CC BY-SA 3.0) Split ends, scientifically known as trichoptilosis, is when the ends of your hair split or are frayed. Unfortunately, I have a lot of split ends because of my constant use of hair dryers and straighteners. Most people solve this issue by … [Read more...]

The Opportunity of a Lifetime, and the Lifetime of an Opportunity

NASA Mars Rover (c)NASA, public domain picture (not copyrighted) I love space. I love the unknown and I love discovering more about it. Thus, it was no surprise that I was devastated to hear that after almost 15 long, wonderful years of exploration, NASA had declared the Opportunity Mars rover … [Read more...]

Photoresistors

When we see light, it is due to our eyes reacting to the light. Different intensities of light cause the reaction to change, allowing us to notice the difference between a dim and bright light. But, how do you think machines can determine the difference between bright and dim light? Many might think … [Read more...]

Is Social Media Wrecking the Teenage Brain?

Recently I reinstalled the powerful app, Instagram. I keep wasting so much time on it reminding myself why I deleted in the first place. Parents are always telling teens to get off social media but can those breaks actually be useful to the development of the brain? Social Media icon (c) … [Read more...]

Interchanges: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Part 2 of 2: System Interchanges Construction at the Springfield Interchange (c) Virginia Department of Transportation, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In last week’s edition of Interchanges: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; we took a look at the best, the worst, and the meh-st of service interchanges - … [Read more...]