Monthly Archives: January 2012

Obama focuses on education in State of the Union

In his annual State of the Union address to the American public, President Barack Obama focused his attention on current political issues ranging from foreign policy, to the economy, to education.

President Obama began his address by speaking about Iraq. “For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country.” He continued to praise America’s military, honoring their commitment to the virtues of courage, selflessness, and teamwork.

Scientific discoveries this week: 1-30-12

San Mateo, California – A team of researchers at the Standford Linear Accelerator Center has succeeded in creating an x-ray laser beam from neon atoms by bombarding them with energy from a precisely calibrated laser. Conventional lasers produce light by the excitation of atoms between a set of mirrors, one of which is only partially reflective. When the atoms fall back down to a lower energy state again, they emit light. The new laser produces x-ray laser light, which requires more energy than a hand-held laser can produce. But by firing the excitation laser beam through a series of magnets, the team was able to make a laser beam that produces x-ray light in a much smaller package than previously possible.

Headlines from around the world: 1-30-12

The Arab League will withdraw its observer mission from Syria, admitting a “critical deterioration of the situation in Syria and the continued use of violence,” according to the Arab League’s secretary-general, Nabil Elaraby. A resolution for the UN Security Council has been drafted that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but is expected to be vetoed by China and Russia.

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Minds at Mines: Super Bowl predictions

The Super Bowl is a time of year when advertisements cost millions of dollars per minute and when two teams face off in the NFL championship. The first Sunday in February is an important day when over 100 million people are glued to their TV. This year’s matchup features the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Since it is the NFL championship, the Super Bowl is the most talked about and analyzed game of the season, and every sports fan has his or her own idea as to what the outcome will be. This week, Minds at Mines turns to five campus “experts” to answer the question, “Who will win the Super Bowl and why?”

Grinds my gears: Starbucks

We get it, you are successful, but stop trying to convince us that you only play by your own rules. First, when someone walks in and says that they want a small, do not correct them and say that it is a “tall.” You know what we mean; do not impose your trendy Italian on us. Furthermore, why are you trying to pretend like you are Italian when your coffee primarily comes from South America and Africa? Tall should be called “alto” (tall in Spanish) and venti should be called “ishirini” (that’s 20 in Swahili. Yes, I looked it up).

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Athlete of the Week: Angie Charchalis, Senior, Basketball

The Mines women’s basketball team opened last season with a blistering 4-1 record before facing Colorado Christian Univeristy in their sixth game of the year. Just two minutes into that game, starting guard Angie Charchalis suffered a torn ACL and in the blink of an eye, was out for the remainder of her junior season. Mines suffered two more serious injuries and struggled the rest of the 2010-2011 season, managing to win only three more games. It would not be until 340 days later that Charchalis would be able to return to the court in an Oredigger uniform.

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