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The Ecosystem of Trash Island

The Ecosystem of Trash Island

Bella B., Jr. Editorial Editor June 2, 2023

Between the coast of Japan and the coast of California, currents form whirlpools of trash, forming “trash islands.” A recent study published by the Nature Ecology & Evolution Journal has discovered...

Space Spiral

Space Spiral

Lorie A., Co-Current Events Editor May 12, 2023

On April 20th, a faint blue spiral resembling a galaxy appeared amid the aurora for a few minutes over Alaska. The cause? Excess fuel from SpaceX’s launch of a rocket in California three hours before...

Patterns of sea surface temperature during El Niño and La Niña episodes

Scientists Predict a “Super El Niño”–But wait, what’s that?

Kana D., Editor-in-Chief April 28, 2023

This year, in my AP Environmental Science class, I’ve learned about a weather phenomenon involving changing wind patterns and ocean surface temperatures called La Niña and El Niño. It is a process...

Ukraine is in Need of at Least 300 Tanks: Who, What, Why?

Ukraine is in Need of at Least 300 Tanks: Who, What, Why?

Mac M., Co-Current Events Editor February 19, 2023

Ukraine is in Need of at Least 300 Tanks: Who, What, Why? Ukrainian forces have been saying for some time now, that they are in need of at least 300 tanks to make "a difference" in the war. While 300...

America Eases up On Mask Mandate: What’s Happening?

Lorie A., Editor, Horoscopes June 5, 2022

Many Americans have backed away from once-routine COVID-19 precautions, with less than half now reporting that they regularly wear face masks, avoid crowds, and avoid unnecessary travel. Americans are...

The Birth of Denim Day and its History Fighting Rape Culture

Ariani R., Editor, National News June 5, 2022

Denim Day is a national sexual assault awareness day, held on the last Wednesday of every April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month). As Denim Day rolls around the corner, it's both essential and critical...


Northern Lights Explained

Maya L., Staff Writer June 5, 2022

The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are an atmospheric phenomenon. They usually occur in all of Iceland and northern parts of Canada, Alaska, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia. The...

Ways You Can Help Ukraine

Ways You Can Help Ukraine

Zoe O., Marketing Director April 29, 2022

Devastatingly, millions of people have been forced to evacuate their homes because of the war in Ukraine (learn more with these live updates on Washignton Square Post), and family members have been separated...

Injured pregnant woman being transported to care after bombing of maternity hospital

Putin Bombs a Maternity/Children’s Hospital in Ukraine

Mac M., Editor, International News March 21, 2022

On Wednesday, March 9th, Russia bombed a maternity and children’s hospital in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, marking the most violent fighting since the beginning of Russia’s invasion. The attack presented...

Virtue Oboro, the mother and healthcare worker, creator of Cribs Aglow

The Cure to Baby Jaundice: Nigerian Mom Designs Solar-Powered Cribs

Mac M., Editor, International News March 20, 2022

Infant jaundice is known to be a very dangerous disease in those who have just been brought into the world, but still a very common one. Infant jaundice is the yellow discoloration of a newborn baby’s...

Kyiv residents scramble to catch trains heading west as Russian forces approach.

Russia vs Ukraine: Ukrainian Cities Begin to Fall, but Not Without a Fight

Mac M., Editor, International News March 18, 2022

On Feb. 28, officials told the press that Putin was planning a “devastating attack” on Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine’s government officials met in Belarus the same day to discuss the ongoing war. Unfortunately,...

Footage of Ukrainian children learning how to operate military guns, a few out of many people of all ages doing the same.

Russia vs Ukraine: “With Dawn Came the Bombs”

Mac M., Editor, International News March 3, 2022

"Wake up, the war has started," is what a Ukrainian citizen told a Washington Post reporter her boyfriend said as he woke her up. At five in the morning, Ukrainian citizens began to hear explosions across...

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