• It is discouraging that politics can impede the exploration of science. However, it might be the more practical option. Space travel is expensive, and a mission to Mars might not seem like the best allocation of resources. Faith is not lost though, as companies like SpaceX have put out exciting deadlines for Mars exploration. Either way, a trip to…[Read more]

  • Solar, hydroelectric, wind, and nuclear energy can provide power in cleaner ways than oil. Fossil fuels produce 93% of the world’s energy consumption, only 7% comes from renewable energy sources. With resources d

  • This post was very interesting to me, I had always assumed that our generation was indeed more promiscuous than my parents’. I guess that my parents just leave out all the bad things they did when recounting their childhoods. I wonder what the reason for the discrepancy between the generations is.

  • This indeed is an important issue that needs to be addressed. The United States prides itself on diversity as well as equality. However, true equality is not being properly attained by everybody. The unfair treatment of minorities is unacceptable; it goes against our nation’s most prized quality of freedom and equality. Your post brought about…[Read more]

  • With the prevalence of the Internet, an American’s security of private information is at an all time low. Government agencies like the NSA (National Security Association) have potential access to personal

  • According to this article, the universe was created 13.8 billion years ago. The oldest light we can observe here on Earth is 13.8 billion years old–light from the Big Bang, or whatever it was. That means that the

    • Dear Sam,
      I am enlightened by by your post, ¨How big is the universe?¨ because I am interested by space as well. It is interesting and there is so much we still have to discover about it. I agree with the part that says there is an infinite amount of anything in the universe because we are still getting new light hit the earth every day so it shows us new things. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me was, ¨Based on one calculation, the universe could be have a diameter close to 7 trillion light years, an unimaginably giant space.¨ I think this is fascinating because having a universe this big and not knowing all that is out there we don’t know if there is any life on another planet or if there is any life more intelligent than us. Another sentence that I like from your passage was,¨I would assume that there is a 100% chance of a planet similar enough to ours that it could sustain¨. I think this is really interesting because not knowing means that there is a chance there is maybe not the way we think or it’s shown in sci-fi movies or shows but little single cell life that has yet to evolve. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you make some interesting point that can lead to a lot more.

    • Sam, this is a great topic due to its lack of information known because it leads to speculation and discussion more than topics that have all sorts of statistics to explain them. This is something I wonder about often as well. If there is an end to the universe, then what is beyond it? I have always thought there were just other dimensions but where would they go? Thinking about this kind of stuff is very interesting but also makes me realize that there is almost no way that we are the only life in the universe due to the vast diversity in planets and all the special environments they can hold. For example, I have heard of a planet that rains glass. This leads me to believe there are planets with other life and it is only a matter of time before we run into one of these planets.

    • Mia replied 2 months ago

      Sam, this is such an interesting post. I wonder about the universe sometimes, late at night, and imagine just how much is beyond this little world of ours. How can we possible imagine our universe being 27 lightyears long? It’s mind-blowing to reflect on just how little we are, and how little things really matter in the large scheme of things. That is exactly what makes your post so interesting; so much here is a mystery and we can’t help but be curious. I absolutely love when you say “An expanding universe also makes me question what it is expanding into. Nothingness?” That line gave me butterflies because it is so hard for me to imagine this phenomena. Thank you for re-sparking and interest of space inside me, I cannot wait to read more about it now!
      I know that it is wikipedia, but I think this site would be great for you to read more about its history and ideas about space:

  • I completely agree that the football players are kneeling to acknowledge issues in our country, and by doing so show no disrespect to the flag, military, or country. I believe that the players are effectively using their platform to promote necessary change. By showing what problems we have in our country, the players are actually making it…[Read more]

  • Climate change is a pressing issue that seems to have few solutions. From what you said, global warming can result in a variety of problems of which I had not considered. I agree that small steps can be taken each day to limit the effects of climate change. This article (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/10-solutions-for-climate-change/)…[Read more]

  • There are traits that are characteristic of first born children, which differ from middle children and the youngest. These changing personalities are a result of different parenting methods and styles for each

    • Dear Sam,
      I am interested in your post because you are talking about how siblings can affect your personality. I believe your personality if affected by everything as you grow and can not be determined by just your siblings. Your siblings will affect and being in different ages like middle child and oldest will change who you are but that also depends who your siblings become.

      One thing you said that stood out to me was’ “ I’d like to think that I’m not manipulative and attention-seeking like the article suggests, but I am–more so than my sister.” stereotypes like these had to have come from somewhere and a lot of the younger siblings have to be attention seeking and manipulate because they have to compete or have always gotten more attention. This isn’t always true and sometimes it’s the opposite but for the most part the stereotypes are extreme examples to the truth.

  • America is a country of immigrants, a melting pot of cultures. We should acknowledge and embrace our differences and celebrate our nationality together. Here is a link about American culture that describes our how our history has shaped what we are today: https://www.livescience.com/28945-american-culture.html. America does have a checkered past,…[Read more]

  • Thomas,
    I was unaware of this problem, and I am glad your brought it to my attention. This is indeed a very interesting problem that has valid arguments on each side. According to this article (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-bullet-train-20170727-story.html) the issue of the bullet train seems to be causing a lot of problems and tension.…[Read more]

  • The issue of gun control is definitely a topical subject. I think that it is important that something is done, and your research can prove why. I believe that there is indeed a connection between gun access and shootings, suicide, etc. This article…[Read more]

  • The survey was a great way to collect accurate information on the subject you’re researching. Genetic engineering is a very relevant science today, with a lot of potential. There are many benefits that genetic engineering can provide, but there is also an argument against it involving ethics. I would suggest researching “Crispr” which is a…[Read more]

  • Sam commented on the post, Favorite Word 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I agree that it is strange to think that a set of letters can spark a feeling, like claustrophobia. It’s interesting that your favorite word provokes displeasurable feelings; the word itself is just too fun to say. It’s understandable to dislike igloos. They don’t really have anything going for them–just cold and confined. I like that you…[Read more]

  • Anna,
    It is interesting that happiness can be quantified, and some countries have a greater level of happiness than others. Like you said, happiness is difficult to define since it can be relative–happiness can vary from person to person. My dad spent a lot of time in Norway when he was younger, and he says that the happiness of the people is…[Read more]

  • I asked myself what the future of technology has in store for us. There is bound to be a new Internet or smartphone, something that will change how we live our daily lives. I was curious of what this is going to

    • Dear Sam,
      I’m interested with your post because you view the future full of new technology that will grab ones attention. Getting to understand your ideas of how you believe there will be a “new internet”, self driving cars , and eye controlling technology. What caught my eye was when you said,”There is an enzyme that scientists can put into your DNA that takes out a mutation and replaces it with what should actually be there.” If scientist can really go through this process it can be life changing because people with illnesses that involve the DNA can be cured and treated will. Not will it change history as we know it we can learn from it and advance higher then we already are.

      Arath Vargas

    • Dear Sam,
      I am interested in your post because I also believe that there is a lot of excitement for new technology. I agree technology is becoming a lot more helpful and useful to our lives.

    • Dear Sam,
      I am satisfied with your post because I like your predictions and your thoughts in technology that could possibly exist in the future. I am also interested in knowing what technology will exist in the future. It is great to get to know your ideas on self-driving cars and you gave me some great thoughts about the future. One thing that you said that stands out for me is “There is a lot of excitement about the future of technology, and there are some promising ideas that could change our daily lives.” I think this is interesting because it is making me think about good ideas for the future and that our lives can become easier for us with all this new technology. It will be so life changing if an engineer invented new technology like you said self driving cars and controlling technology with our eyes like those inventions seem really amazing to invent. I look forward to learning more about your ideas and finding out new technology that could be invented.
      Fabian Saavedra

    • Sam, I share your desire to know more about what the future of technology holds. By advancing technology in the medical field, space industry, and commercial industry, we will be able to advance our society. I would like to learn more about this visual capitalist, it seems to be an intriguing idea that could help us in the near future. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Sam wrote a new post, Toy Story 8 months, 1 week ago

    I took pictures of dinosaurs to practice techniques that apply to portraiture such as depth of field. The shallow depth of field is what gives the pictures the blurred background. To achieve this, I used a large

  • Skip Schmiett, a commercial photographer, came into our class to teach us about portraiture. He told us about how he became a photographer: he was inspired during his trip across Europe. He emphasized the

    • I love this photograph! I wish I could have been there for that talk- sounds like he knew a lot about photography!

  • Dr. Houdeshel is a science teacher at Judge. He is an important member of the Judge community, and although I have never taken one of his classes, I can tell he is a very smart and a good teacher. His classes seem

    • Really good picture. I really like the shadows around the perimeter and the focus and clarity of his face and clothing. The periodic table only makes sense as well.

  • Philippe Halsman was fortunate enough to be deeply connected with the most famous and influential people of his time. He was responsible for capturing and preserving these people with the portraits that he took.

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