Science

Why do Eggs Cost so Much? – The Avian Flu and You

(Image via nbc15.com) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu When I recently visited the grocery aisle of my local Target, I saw that a dozen eggs were priced at eight to nine dollars.  It’s recession time, sure, but that is super steep price inflation from what pre-pandemic eggs cost.  At first, I thought it was just Target. Let’s be honest, Target is just Walmart but geared for the upper-middle class… Continue reading Why do Eggs Cost so Much? – The Avian Flu and You

NASA’s New Flagship Telescope Confirms Its First Observed Exoplanet

(Artistic rendition, image via webbtelescope.org) Volunteer Writer: Mckenzie Ferrari Email: mferrari@umassd.edu The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which launched on December 25th, 2021, has finally started to send its results to Earth after over a year of collecting and transmitting data.  The JWST is the largest optical telescope in space; its high resolution and sensitivity allow it to view objects too old, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope.… Continue reading NASA’s New Flagship Telescope Confirms Its First Observed Exoplanet

UMass Dartmouth’s Next Top Biology Professor

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu In this cutthroat industry, only the most skilled and knowledgeable will survive and thrive. Not just anyone can make it. Though many have tried to reach scholarly greatness, not many have achieved the hallowed rank of Doctor and gained the legal right to put Ph.D. after their name.  Even fewer still choose life in academia, the delicate balance between enriching young minds and professional… Continue reading UMass Dartmouth’s Next Top Biology Professor

NASA’s Successful Launch Begins Artemis I Mission

Volunteer Writer: Mckenzie Ferrari Email: mferrari@umassd.edu “On behalf of all the men and women across our great nation who have worked to bring this hardware together to make this day possible, and for the Artemis generation: this is for you. I give you a go to resume count and launch Artemis I.” In the early hours of November 16th, 2022, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems Program,… Continue reading NASA’s Successful Launch Begins Artemis I Mission

Who Let the Minks Out?

(Image via wbay.com) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  For the people of Australia, rabbits are some of the most destructive beings in all the land.   It sounds like an exaggeration; but, the Australian rabbit population has devastated the land for generations, feeding on farmers’ crops and generally running rampant without any natural predators to keep them in check.  For those who aren’t history buffs, the whole problem, like many… Continue reading Who Let the Minks Out?

What’s Become of the Monkeypox Virus?

(Image via media.npr.org) Volunteer Writer: Brendan Flaherty Email: bflaherty1@umassd.edu Remember when Monkeypox was the talk of the town, being called the new Coronavirus and had everyone panicking all over again? Well, what happened to that? The CDC has been consistently putting out new information regarding the state of Monkeypox, including graphs of its cases, and general statistics. They have reported a total of 28,797 U.S. cases, only 11 deaths, and… Continue reading What’s Become of the Monkeypox Virus?

Astronomer Removed from Leiden University

Volunteer Writer: Mckenzie Ferrari Email: mferrari@umassd.edu On October 18th, 2022, Leiden University – located in the Netherlands and one of Europe’s largest research institutions – released a statement declaring that an unnamed professor was suspended from the university for “subject[ing] various colleagues to intimidating and unacceptable behaviour for a longer period.”  Multiple staff members at Leiden University filed complaints with the institution’s independent behavioral committee; such complaints included “sexually transgressive… Continue reading Astronomer Removed from Leiden University

What Plankton has to do with Your Scallop Dinner

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu On October 5th, the Department of Fisheries presented a seminar by John Zang about the relationship between phytoplankton and Atlantic Sea Scallops on the Northeastern U.S. continental shelf. By using complex models, the behavior and characteristics of the phytoplankton on this shelf have been thoroughly examined. However, while phytoplankton might not be seen as important to the casual viewer (except for any Spongebob enthusiasts),… Continue reading What Plankton has to do with Your Scallop Dinner

Paving the Future for Cybersecurity

Volunteer Writer: Brett Talbot Email: btalbot@umassd.edu The MassCyberCenter division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative opened applications last month for their undergraduate cybersecurity mentorship program. “This is a really wonderful program to help promote the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce,” says Maxwell Fathy, the Ecosystem Program Manager for the MassCyberCenter. “We have a lot of great mentors who have been participating in this program who have dedicated their time and energy… Continue reading Paving the Future for Cybersecurity

Cryptocurrency: Future or Failure

By Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu If you live in the U.S., you were asked when filing taxes this year if you bought or traded any Bitcoin. It may have been a bit of a surprising question. I was amazed that something that seemed to exist solely on the internet would actually gain the attention of the IRS. My older relatives, especially my grandparents, didn’t even know what it was at… Continue reading Cryptocurrency: Future or Failure

Long Live the Seals

By: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu You ever get that feeling of frustration when you get stuck cleaning up someone else’s mess? I’m sure anyone who ever worked in a fast food joint or a service industry can relate.  Anyone in the environmental conservation field feels the same way, having to clean up the damage our ancestors did from overhunting, to pollution, to over-logging, to the gaping hole in the ozone… Continue reading Long Live the Seals

Replacement of Humans with AI in the Workplace

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu The tour guide claps his hands together, signaling the factory tour’s start. One thing pops out to you as you are led from room to room. Where are all of the workers? The machines move in tandem, perfectly producing each product as a single supervisor watches from a glass window above.  This tour represents a generic factory in a generic location as industries worldwide… Continue reading Replacement of Humans with AI in the Workplace

Coronavirus Crash Course

By Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu Covid-19 is a hot button issue that’s in the news 24/7 about new variants and outbreak statistics. However, not everyone knows what the coronavirus is and why it’s so deadly.  The coronavirus pandemic is caused by a virus, but what actually is a virus? Well, a virus is a highly organized cell-like object that has a strand of DNA or RNA marinating in some cytosol… Continue reading Coronavirus Crash Course

The Power Behind An Ant’s Bite

The Power Behind an Ant’s Bite By Busola Awobode bawobode@umassd.edu Any person who has ever had the misfortune of being bitten or stung by an ant, a spider, or any such arthropods would know how painful it can be. These insects can latch on fiercely and oftentimes it’s impossible to shake them off. It is almost unbelievable how such small insects can pierce and cut through various tough materials including… Continue reading The Power Behind An Ant’s Bite