Category Archives: Science & Technology

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

2015: The Warmest Year on Record

As 2015 ended, a new study was released showing that 2015 was way warmer than the average year.

NASA and the NOAA lately published a study that shows that 2015 was the warmest year on record. Lately each year has been getting warmer. The latest record was set in 2014 when temperatures climbed up to 0.74ºC hotter than the 1961-1990 average. The new record shows that the yearly average was around 0.87ºC warmer than the normal average. For more information, I interviewed Mark Croxford, one of the High School science teachers. Continue reading 2015: The Warmest Year on Record

The Deep Web

With the consistent rise of the Internet in everyday use, there is bound to be some shady stuff. 

And most of that is already known. It’s very easy to find a lot of this kind of stuff, with pornography, gore, scams and fraudulent activity and similar. However, there is a lot more than just what is on the “surface web”. Continue reading The Deep Web