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Mineral spotlight: apatite

Daniel Blakemore

October 28, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

Daniel Blakemore Mineral Spotlight: Apatite Apatite is one of the most important minerals in modern society, yet many people are unaware of its incredible utility. Apatite is not a single mineral species but a large su...

Plaster Creek Stewards help build gardens

Dena De Kryger

October 22, 2016

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Plaster Creek Stewards and over one hundred volunteers completed eight curb-cut rain gardens last weekend. Volunteers from local high schools and churches joined Calvin College students and Plaster Creek Stewards for a presentati...

Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum acquiring a moon rock

Sadie Burgher

October 22, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

On November 19, Dr. Renee Sparks, a professor of geology at Calvin, will bring us the moon. Through a program administered by NASA’s Lunar Collection, museums are able to apply for short-term loans of geologic samples. This winter...

Battle over construction of deep-space telescope on sacred mountain

Dena De Kryger

October 16, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

A battle over sacred ground that began nearly 7 years ago, according to the New York Times, will come to a close within the next few months. This month, both proponents and opponents of building another NASA telescope will ...

Mineral spotlight: wulfenite

Daniel Blakemore

October 16, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

Wulfenite is a mineral which may be unfamiliar to the novice geologist, but is highly prized by mineral collectors. No other mineral has the strange combination of a vibrant orange color and fiercely sharp rectangular crystals. Alt...

Stem cells show promise for stroke and brain dead patients

Dena De Kryger

October 7, 2016

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Recent medical research has discovered another promising use for stem cells: neural tissue regeneration. Previously, most scientists believed that neural damage was permanent, because neural cells do not replicate like other...

Caution: self-driving cars are closer than they appear

Dena De Kryger

October 5, 2016

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They might not be the flying cars we expected from “Back to the Future II,” but autonomous vehicles are the cars of our future after U.S. regulators and the Obama administration granted permission for manufacturers to continue w...

‘Five-second rule’ debunked

Sadie Burgher

October 5, 2016

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The journal of the American Society of Microbiology has released a report claiming that the notion of the ‘five-second rule,’ a popular idea that food remains mostly germ-free in the first five seconds of being dropped on the...

Giraffes no longer a single species

Sadie Burgher

October 5, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

A new study published in “Current Biology” reveals that giraffes should be separated into four different species, not one, as was previously thought. Currently, giraffes are all considered members of the species Giraffa cameloparda...

Larger sea creatures at greater risk of extinction

Sadie Burgher

September 16, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

A new study published in “Science” reveals that the greater the size of a sea creature, the greater the chances are of it becoming extinct. As one might expect, human action, especially fishing, is the most likely culprit. ...

iOS 10 renders some Apple devices temporarily useless

Sadie Burgher

September 16, 2016

Filed under Science & Technology

On Sept. 13, Apple experienced a huge release, with both iOS 10 and macOS Sierra becoming available for download.   During the first hour of the release, a number of users experienced temporarily bricked devices while rushin...