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The science behind the coronavirus

March 8, 2020 Signal Contributor 0

The novel coronavirus stems from a family of viruses that generally cause colds. There have been several coronavirus outbreaks, from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, MERS-CoV, to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, SARS-CoV. According to the World Health Organization, the current virus is frequently referred to as COVID-19. […]

Caterpillars may provide answer to pollution

March 8, 2020 Ian Krietzberg 0

Plastic waste, the crux of the ever-increasing threat of global pollution, is growing at rapid rates, according to National Geographic. Since the ‘50s, the world has produced more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic — and of that, only nine percent has been recycled. If trends continue, landfills could contain approximately 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste by 2050. But this is an issue that a little caterpillar might be able to solve. […]

New Jersey raises threat level of white supremacists

February 24, 2020 Ian Krietzberg 0

New Jersey released its annual Terrorism Threat Assessment report on Friday, Feb. 21, in which the state government raised the threat level from white supremacist extremists to “high,” which now puts the perceived threat from white supremacists as more extreme than that from either Al Quaeda or Isis, according to CNN. […]

Scientists resurrect long-extinct plants

February 18, 2020 Anandita Mehta 0

Amidst global warming and climate change, the earth is losing many animal and plant species, with the United Nations reporting that more species are facing extinction today than ever before. Protecting these extinct species often comes in the form of protecting their environments and natural habitats, but scientists stumbled upon another way to revive extinct plant species — growing trees from seeds that are 2000 years old. […]

Protests over pipeline disrupt Canada

February 18, 2020 Ian Krietzberg 0

Facing the construction of a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia, members of indigenous groups and their allies have begun blockading Canadian railways to prevent construction, resulting in the suspension of passenger and commercial rails across much of the country, according to CNN. […]

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