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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Launch: A Summary of Events

A successful liftoff for Falcon 9. Photo: SpaceX

Nova Clark, Editor-in-Chief

June 2, 2020

It was a historic weekend for human spaceflight. On Saturday, May 30, SpaceX launched NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley en route to the International Space Station (ISS) in the first manned launch from U.S. soil since the Space Shuttle program was discontinued in 2011. The goal ...

In The Know: Projected Capacitive Touch

In The Know: Projected Capacitive Touch

Willow Strey, Business Manager

May 29, 2020

Capacitors are among the first instruments one studies in a first-year electromagnetism course. You are taught simple equations for capacitance (the amount of charge that can be stored at a given voltage) and the basic function of a capacitor: to store charge. The movement of this “charge” can...

SpaceX Launch Scrubbed Amidst Weather Concerns

SpaceX Launch Scrubbed Amidst Weather Concerns

Nova Clark, Editor-In-Chief

May 29, 2020

Space X and NASA’s Falcon 9 launch of the Demo-2 mission was cut short on Wednesday, May 27 due to weather concerns. SpaceX Launch Director Mike Taylor called the scrub at approximately 4:16 p.m. EST with T-minus 16 minutes and 53 seconds remaining. The attached Dragon spacecraft contained astronauts R...

Social Distancing: A Calculated Necessity

Social Distancing: A Calculated Necessity

Willow Strey

April 17, 2020

Social distancing is forcing a deep restructuring in systems and lives around the world. Some of these changes can be upsetting, so it is important to acknowledge their significance and implications. Understanding social distancing can lead to its promotion and support, as well as educated and product...

In The Know: Seeking the Stradivari Sound

Photo from Pixabay

Willow Strey

April 17, 2020

Stradivarius violins are among history’s most romanticized instruments, coveted for their beautiful tone and superior craftsmanship. Many scientists have studied the material properties of Stradivari’s instruments, searching for a lost trade secret or some historical context that can elucidate his ...

In The Know: Conservation of the Island Marble Butterfly

In The Know: Conservation of the Island Marble Butterfly

Willow Strey

March 6, 2020

Biodiversity is the cornerstone of a stable ecosystem. Variety leads to sustainability, and when that variety declines, so can the health of a region. As species extinction remains a prominent issue, we must place a higher value on conservation and work to negate human impact. The island marble butterfly (...

From Plato’s Cave to Google’s Cubicle

From Plato’s Cave to Google’s Cubicle

Travis Tribble

February 21, 2020

Photo Illustration courtesy of Kayla Calhoun On a crisp, sunny afternoon in winter, students shuffled into room 1508 where SCC professor William Lindenmuth explained deep philosophical concepts with the same level of enthusiasm as someone who had just conceived the ideas. “Companies have to think...

A Summation of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

Willow Strey

January 24, 2020

From Jan. 17-19, Washington State University’s Pullman campus hosted the annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), a nationwide initiative to promote the pursuit of a physics undergraduate degree by women and minorities. Sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS), CUWiP attract...

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