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Weekly Weird: Water found on Mars

Dark narrow streaks emanate from the walls of Garni crater on Mars. A new study makes the case that they were formed by briny water flowing on the Martian surface. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Written by Julia Rodriquez, Staff Writer For a long time the thought of life inhabiting another planet seemed like complete science fiction. But NASA is hoping to turn this concept into reality. NASA announced on Sept. 28 that there is water flowing on Mars.  In the ongoing search for life outside of Earth, NASA has focused on Mars, because it ...

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Weekly Weird: Gene altering allows two men to concieve

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief Who says only a man and a woman can conceive a baby anymore? According to a paper published in Cell, a research paper publisher, two men could possibly be able to have a baby together in the near future. No, men will not be able to physically carry a baby for nine months (a few women ...

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Smart Phone play Big Brother, used to track behaviors

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief We use our smartphones for everything. Everything from checking bank and social media accounts, browsing the internet endlessly, and spending every waking minute glued to a touch screen. With the invention of smartphones, we are able to carry a pocket-sized computer, game console, portable banking, and everything in between in our pockets. What if your ...

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Daily Strange: The Key to Good Grades? Happiness

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  Study, cram, sleep and repeat. Four words all too familiar to college students. These four words often make college students cringe. Cringe at the fact of trying to earn quality grades or to just simply stay afloat in college. The old saying “Cs get degrees,” comes to mind about the latter. But, what if the ...

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Daily Strange: A Cat Video A Day Keeps the Negative Away

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Written by Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief   Most of us are guilty of doing it. You are scrolling through Youtube, watching random videos and in the suggested videos is a cat video. A cute and cuddly feline doing something even more cute and cuddly that someone just had to record. So, you click on it and watch. Or, you are the ...

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Daily Strange: A battery made from… wood?

Photo Credit: ifls.com, Max Hamedi

Written by: Jordan Barela, Editor-in-Chief  Batteries can grow on trees apparently. According to an article on ifls.com, a group of scientists have recently invented two high-capacity batteries from a simple material: wood. The batteries have a sponge like appearance. This causes the batteries to be able to absorb both shock and stress. According to the article, this is a feature that ...

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Daily Strange: Solar panels the new concrete?

Photo Credit: solarroadways.com

Written by John Preer, Editor-in-Chief  Could Solar panels replace concrete pavement? Scott and Julie Brusaw seem to believe so.  The couple’s company, Solar Roadways, is based in Idaho has spent nearly a decade developing and testing their solar powered road panels.  Although, these panels could potentially serve multiple purposes, there are still many critics that doubt the panel’s ability to ...

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Daily Strange: Spray on skin coming to you

Photo Credit: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin/THE SPECTATOR

Written by: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer Spray on skin is reality. A prototype medical device has turned the science fiction notion of spray-on skin to a reality. This device literally sprays skin cells directly onto burn victims and enables the body to re-grow skin. The traditional methods like skin grafts were far more invasive and took weeks and sometimes months to ...

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Daily Strange: First Known Plant to Sync Pollen Release with Full Moon

Photo Credit: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin

Written by Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer According to a recent paper published in Biology Letters, the pull of the moon may be too much for one particular plant to resist. This study reveals that the Ephedra foeminea shrub has some interesting characteristics, one might even consider them to be werewolf-like. This plant prefers to do its sprouting and unleash its ...

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Daily Strange: Artificial wombs – a motherless birth

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Written by Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer ”One by one, the eggs were transferred from their test-tubes to the larger containers; deftly the peritoneal lining was slit, the morula dropped into place, the saline solution poured and already the bottle had passed on through an opening in the wall, slowly on into the Social Predestination Room.” Aldous Huxley, ”Brave New World” Ectogenesis, ...

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