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Trains, Plains, and Cars in Space!
By Talyn Torres, Editor of Entertainment
Dogs were the first to make the journey into the unknown reaches of outer space. After that, monkeys took the trip. And then, as you know, humans soon followed suit. Now it seems that a car is the next intergalactic traveler. A Tesla Roadster, to be exact.
The often eccentric Elon Musk wanted to test out SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket and he chose to send the Tesla up with it to be the test dummy. CNN reports that he said, "I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future", as an explanation for his quirky decision.
Many scientists are irritated by this pointless endeavor and argue that Musk should have launched something with more significance. They also worry that the Tesla may have not been properly sterilized before it was sent up into space. Jill Scudder, a physics professor told Salon.com that, "planetary protection policies say you should bake your spacecraft to stave off bacteria..in case it crashes into something that maybe has the capacity for life, or something that could end up somewhere with the capacity for life."
The launch was likely done more for the sake of novelty than for any actual scientific purpose. What with a dummy astronaut driver and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” blasting out from its speakers, nothing about the test makes it seem like an especially serious matter. Musk is seemingly just thrilled that his car may orbit the sun for billions of years to come and thus serve as a sort of immortalizing tribute to himself. Also according to him, “there’s a tiny chance that it will hit Mars. Extremely tiny”, which keeps in line with Musk’s obsession with our red neighbor.
According to Ron Turner, a scientific advisor to NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts, the Tesla is expected to take a bit of a beating while it’s up out of the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. He told PopSci.com that we should “think of it as finding an artifact, like the Titanic under the ocean,” and that, “it’s not gonna be in great shape, it won’t stay pristine.”
For awhile there was a live feed being broadcast from the interior of the Roadster, but now it has traveled too far and NASA is the only one keeping track of it.
Pocket Points and how they Effect School
By Parker Stringer/News Editor
For years, parents have been trying to figure out how to deal with the continuing problem of teenagers and their hyper-usage of cellphones. From limiting screen-time to a swift grounding. This problem has extended into education as well. While many students use their cellphones for aiding their education, many simply abuse the privilege to use their cellphones in school. Teachers have implemented many consequences for using your cellphone in class, like having your phone on top of your desk or putting your phone in the calculator spot when you enter math class. (True story) CCHS has launched a new way to incentivise you to stay off your phones, the app is called Pocket Points and it’s pretty cool. (Sort of)
Pocket Points is designed to keep you off your phone during class. When using the app, you earn “rewards for not using your phone” as the company's motto says. The app works by tracking your location to see if you are on campus or not, the school then sets times where you can disconnect and earn some points. These points go towards coupons and deals for business around your location, local or otherwise. This however, has its downsides. While the app works for businesses around Corner Canyon, the school has to communicate with those businesses to add their coupons to the app. When you open the app, you see ads for Smashburger and Jamba Juice, however they are for locations in Sandy and Lehi, nowhere near Corner Canyon.
I spoke to a couple of students on what they think of this new app. Brendan Nguyen, a CCHS Freshman and Co Sports editor of the Corner Canyon Chronicle said “it’s really easy to use and gives you good deals.” When I asked Gabe Tautkus, Sophomore here a CCHS he said “ why should you get rewarded for not using your phone, when you can get education in return?”
Pocket Points could be very beneficial for the school to help get distraction free education. This falls short when the apps reward system doesn’t feature deals anywhere close to the school. If Corner Canyon can advertise this new app to businesses around Corner Canyon, The app can be fully used to its potential. Pocket Points can catch on and be very successful, or it will become another fad. Either way, it will get us to stop laughing at our crotches for a few seconds.
Pineapples are the New Super Heroes!
By Emmery Willey/ Science and Techie
Jessie Szalay, a Live Science Contributor, says that “Pineapples are [a] tropical fruit that are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.” Pineapples are the new super fruit. It is apparent that they benefit your body in a very positive way!
Pineapples were discovered and introduced by Christopher Columbus. He brought them from the old world, or the Americans, and took them to Europe. This sweet fruit has an acidic flavor to it. It has a pH level of 3.5, where 1 is the most acidic and 7 is neutral. (livestrong.com) It was a delicacy in the time of Columbus, but now it is very commonly known and can be found in almost any grocery store.
There are many health benefits concerning pineapples. Pineapples help with the immune system; they contain all of the daily value of vitamin C. Pineapples also help with bone structure because they contain manganese, which is vital for the growth of bones. One of the best things that pineapples do for people is that they help reduce inflammation in joints. This is especially beneficial for those who have arthritis. They contain an enzyme called bromelain and is “positively correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many.”(organicfacts.net) This reduces pain for a lot of the people who suffer from arthritis. One more health benefit is that is prevents asthma because of a nutrient called beta-carotene (medicalnewstoday.com)
Pineapples are delicious, and have many beneficial health factors. But there is always a catch. Since pineapples are acidic, they can cause your mouth to become raw. To help prevent this, rinse it under water before eating. This washes off some of the acid. But if your mouth deo become raw, it usually stops in a couple of hours. If the sensation doesn't stop, go see a doctor. You may be allergic!!! Eating pineapples prematurely can be very bad for you. It is actually toxic in that state and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and extreme discomfort.
So there you have it! Pineapples to the core. They are a great health benefit for your body, but make sure that you only eat them when they are ripe, and make sure to double, even triple, check if you might be allergic to them.
Science and Techie Editor
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