Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Headlines from Around the World

With the Ebola virus going around in Africa and spreading rapidly, there is no wonder why one in four people in the United States are worried they or someone in their family will become the victim of this deadly virus, according to an international poll by CNN. Because the Ebola virus has no treatment or vaccine available, “Ebola outbreaks have a 90% fatality rate,” according to CNN. Symptoms include severe fever, intense weakness, and internal and external bleeding. President Obama says that chances of the Ebola outbreak in the United States are extremely low and he said on Tuesday that the United States is leading international efforts to combat the virus. One of the efforts to combat this is shipping hospital equipment from the United States to Liberia starting on Friday. United States Aid Official Nancy Lindborg said, “The United States hopes its expanded effort to contain the spread of the virus will help rally other countries to respond to this epidemic.” The plane will arrive at a facility where it will be staffed by 65 Americans who will help treat about 2500 people who were affected. Finally, according to Reuters,, United States Secretary of State John Kerry will hold discussions with other countries to discuss about the response to Ebola.

Scientific Discoveries (Week of 9/15)

Sweden: A team of scientists led by Martin Gustafasson of Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology have captured the sound of an atom for the first time. An important feature of atoms is that “they are much smaller than the wavelength of optical light, making them appear like a point.” In order to capture the sound, the scientists use microwave radiation, which has longer wavelengths. Gustafasson said, “due to the slow speed of sound, we will have time to control the quantum particles while they travel.” In this way, the scientists can be able to record data of the sound because sound waves travel much slower than light waves. The team hopes to use this information to learn about quantum behavior, including in electrical circuits and on a bigger scale, computers.

Fiske Planetarium

Staring up at the ceiling of a planetarium always feels a bit surreal. From watching the sunset in sped up time, to outlining constellations with one’s fingers while staring at thousands of tiny dots on the ceiling, to feeling one’s stomach drop while plummeting through the stars faster than the speed of light, there is just something amazing about leaning back in that chair, looking up at something so big, and feeling so small. Fiske Planetarium on CU Campus provides just that: the childlike wonder of seeing the universe in all its complexity and vastness.

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Intersection at 19th Street and Highway 6 Planning Meeting

Tuesday, September 16 found numerous students and residents of the City of Golden gathering in the Green Center. The event that drew everyone was a presentation about the intersection between US Highway 6 and 19th Street. This is an intersection that is known for the inherent danger associated with it, for both cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. In the meeting, the City of Golden had six different areas with presentations and people to talk to and ask questions of. These sections isolated the different topics that needed to be discussed in relation to the upcoming changes to the intersection.

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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

For anyone that has seen and loved “Groundhog’s Day,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Ironman” and “Transformers,” here is a movie that combines the best parts, the mediocre parts and the completely random parts of all of them. “Edge of Tomorrow” tells the story of Major William Cage, played by Tom Cruise, a man who is all about public relations and making wars seem like a good idea. Major Cage finds himself forced into service in the war against the Mimic, an alien race that is probably the most baffling part of the entire movie. The Mimic are a strange hive minded race that look like some distant cousin of Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” strange tree creatures that move very fast and are kind of terrifying in their vagueness. In order to fight these foreign enemies from some unknown world, the people of Earth have created a strange exoskeleton armor that makes them stronger. These suits of armor are a strange mix of the Iron Man suit and the Pacific Rim robot outfits.

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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is the most recent film adaptation of the acrobatic comic-book hero, and it definitely does not disappoint. Directed by Marc Webb and written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the movie sustains the adventurous nature that won viewers for “The Amazing Spider-Man.” This sequel additionally adds themes of family, particularly capitalizing on the prevalence of unfulfilled father-son relationships.

What’s Eating You: How to prevent eating disorders and the myth of “Freshman 15″

As the first month of college passes by and exams start to place stress on many students, especially freshmen, there are many health issues that suddenly start to arise. At times, students may feel depressed, stressed out about academic and social pressures, and feel anxiety from being away from home. “These pressures for young adults can create the perfect storm for eating disorders development,” says Bonnie Brennan, the Senior Clinical Director at the Eating Recovery Center. Leaving home for the first time can present challenges that freshman students may not have encountered when living with their parents. In this way, these challenges can result in dieting, over-exercising, and bingeing on food. “Eating disorders are complex illnesses with biological, psychological, and sociocultural contributing factors,” remarks Brennan. Common triggers that can trigger eating disorder are “dieting, stresses, social pressures, and even genetics,” according to Brennan.

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