Category Archives: Science & Technology

Robot Invasion at the Franklin Institute

According to scientists, robots will take over almost all of our jobs within 30 years. Even today, there are thousands of new robots replacing workers in factories and shops. The Robot Revolution exhibit at the Franklin Institute showcases 40 different robots, some of which will be buyable and usable in the near future, from cute seals to self driving cars.

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Friday the 13th: Black Bear Spotted in the Wissahickon

You might never believe it, but a black bear was spotted Friday May 13, 2016, in Fairmount Park. He was spotted by the Valley Green Inn, in the Wissahickon, by a  fisherman, at about 11 o’clock a.m. The man said he “looked downstream”, and saw “a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on”!

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Railroad History in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been a historically major city for railroading. Big railroads have been headquartered here, and thousands of locomotives once wore builder’s plates that read “Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA.” Here, read some basic info about most of the big railroads that were in or currently are in Philadelphia. Continue reading Railroad History in Philadelphia

Editorial: Laptops in the Age of Netflix

We have all been in a very boring class, wishing that we were watching Netflix at home. But most outsiders not in middle school do not understand that the passion for watching Netflix gets in the way of every part of a teen’s life. Many students have laptops and are encouraged to use them during classes in order to take notes or do research, but do teachers and the administration really understand the loophole that laptops and tablets create in the school’s strict “no phone” policy? Continue reading Editorial: Laptops in the Age of Netflix

Virtual Reality; Becoming a Reality?

When Oculus first began funding their Rift VR headset in 2012, it didn’t seem to the world that in four years they would be competing with large companies like Valve in a rush to show the world what VR can do. But with the release of both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive this year, it seems as though virtual reality is becoming a reality. Continue reading Virtual Reality; Becoming a Reality?

Positive Train Control (PTC)

There is an ongoing situation involving railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration (or FRA), and the government right now. A new signaling system called Positive Train Control, or PTC, had been introduced by a law passed in 2008, the U.S. Rail Safety Improvement Act. Continue reading Positive Train Control (PTC)

Instagram’s More Casual Counterpart: Snapchat

This platform has taken over the lives of teenagers. We are enveloped in the personal lives of celebrities and those of our friends. The home to DJ Khaled and Kylie Jenner, this is where we post our weirdest selfies and our artsiest stories. Yep, of course: Continue reading Instagram’s More Casual Counterpart: Snapchat

Instagram Envy

You’re sitting on your couch, staring at the TV on spring break, all of the shows already watched. You decide to look at Instagram, in search of a cure for your boredom. When you look at your phone, a small screen in your hand, you see your friends in the Caribbean, relaxing on the beach, ziplining in Costa Rica, or taking a picture from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Continue reading Instagram Envy