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By Matt Walsh, VI Form, Laura Sabino, V Form, and Maddie Wass, V Form
Mitotic Cell Division Artifact of Learning
Editor’s Note: See the image below of the whiteboard artifact images for the description of the assignment in Advanced Biology.
By Samantha Wang, IV Form
International Brain Bee Neuroscience Competition
What is Brain Bee?
Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers from around the world. The initiative of this competition, according to its founder Dr. Norbert Myslinski, is to find better solutions for brain disorders. Every year, Brain Bee is first held at the state level. Winners of each state then compete in the country’s Regional Brain Bee, and one representative from each Regional Brain Bee will be sent to the International Brain Bee World Championship. This competition assigns a variety of tasks to its participants. The first part of the Brain Bee is to answer multiple-choice questions, which have around thirty questions about either the brain’s structure and function or pathology and treatment of brain disorders. Participants are then given brain models, where they are asked to distinguish parts of a brain and state the functions they perform. The last part involves the most interesting task I have ever experienced in any competition: four “patients” with different brain disorders, with acting from the volunteers of the organization, tell the specific life experience with their diseases. The participants are asked to diagnose their neurological or psychiatric conditions. (more…)
By Nicola Hartmann, VI Form
Carbohydrate Metabolism Pathway & Flow Chart
By Cadence (Catie) Summers, IV Form
Green Sea Turtle – Chelonia mydas & Marine Turtle Exhibition
Green Sea Turtle – Chelonia mydas
Stage in Maturity – Adult (more…)
By Amy Wang, VI Form
Environmental Issues of Yttrium
Editors’ Note: To read Advanced Chemistry’s assignment sheet for Smartphone Chemistry and Ethics of Material Usage, click here.
Yttrium is a metal with atomic number 39, located in Group 3, Period 5, Block d. It is classified as both a rare earth element and a transition metal.
As a metal, pure Yttrium exhibits typical metallic properties, but the Y in smartphones is not in its pure form. It’s always contained in compounds.
Usage in a Generic Smartphone
Y is one of the rare earth elements (REE), a class of very special elements that all have unique properties. Y, in particular, is an integral part of a smartphone screen because it can make a compound that emits red luminescence. Since red is one of the three primary colors of light, Yttrium is widely used to make screens colorful. (more…)
By Ms. Margaret Caron, English Faculty
Referred Pain: Societal Ailments Manifested as Individual Illnesses in Dystopian Literature
“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
- The Princess Bride
Perhaps life is indeed pain, as Goldman suggests, or perhaps life is only pain when a government’s control and society’s structure become so stifling and warped that its people develop pains and illnesses as a reflection of that government deterioration. The unbearable agony experienced by Westley in the Pit of Despair is not unlike the pain experienced by the residents of the Thieves’ Forest as they are unjustly forced out of their homes; Buttercup’s sorrow at hearing of Westley’s supposed death mirrors Florin’s morning when they hear news that their new princess has been killed; and Count Rugen’s six-fingered right hand embodies a distorted hand of justice. A corrupt prince, an abuse of power, and manipulative treason are made more palpable by a character’s singular screams and suffering.
This narrative tactic is evident in the novels of Atwood, Zamyatin, Abdel Aziz, and Ishiguro. The Handmaid’s Tale, The Queue, We, and Never Let Me Goshare similar authoritarian governments, sick characters, and broken social systems. Offred, Yehya, D-503, and Kathy are broken, ailing humans, but they are also members of irrevocably broken societies and authoritarian governing bodies. These characters’ illnesses are more than mere byproducts of broken government control and societal values. Rather, these dystopian societies with authoritarian governments posit characters’ physical ailments as representative of larger societal illnesses and failings. (more…)