Banned Book Spotlight: ‘Saga’

Sept. 22-28 is known as Banned Books Week, an annual event wherein people and organizations around the country celebrate their freedom to read books and highlight the books that shouldn’t be banned from the public. Books are powerful things. They inspire people to do great and terrible things. Within their pages is the possibility to conceive infinite worlds and infinite possibilities. The stories they host have the power to change the world so it’s unfortunate at times when institutions ban books from the public for arguably poor reasons.

Video Games vs. Climate Change

On Sept. 23, the United Nations held the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit to hopefully persuade countries around the world to continue moving forward in combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere. While most news outlets here in the U.S. focused on what the young and inspirational climate activist, Greta Thunberg, and President Trump had to say on the matter, many did not focus on other results from this meeting. The video game industry as a whole has begun to join the fight against climate change. 

A Step Towards Saving the Earth: Pasta Straws

This past summer, Connecticut joined many states in the U.S. with starting their battle against single-use plastics. On Aug. 1, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) issued a law that required all stores to incorporate the Plastic Bag Fee of $0.10 per check out bag. Although some stores responded to this law by entirely getting rid of single-use plastic bags, others are still selling them with the fee. This law would encourage customers to stop using plastic bags and possibly lead them to use renewable alternatives, for example, paper or other reusable bags. The goal of this law is that by July 1, 2021, Connecticut would ban all outlets from using plastic bags. 

A Spectacular Masterpiece: ‘Spider-Man Life Story’

On Aug. 28, the final issue of the six-issue miniseries, “Spider-Man: Life Story” by Chip Zdarsky and artist Mark Bagley was released. The comic is another fantastic take on the amazing web slinger from Marvel Comics but in this story, readers will see not just one time period of Peter Parker’s life but all 57 years of the character’s existence. Most comic book characters don’t actually age within their stories. For example, despite Superman being created in 1939, readers will still see the Man of Steel depicted as roughly a 30-year-old man in comics today; the same is true for many Marvel characters. This story looks at the Spider-Man character and asks how would his groundbreaking stories act out if he aged like many of his original readers did throughout the latter half of the 20th century and into the beginning of the 21st.

Welcome to the Future: Robotic Employees

Shoppers may have noticed Marty, a new and very peculiar robotic worker, working at their local Stop & Shop. Earlier this year the marketplace deployed these autonomous employees to selected stores. Marty and the other robotic workers are designed to routinely roam around design, many employees and customers are displeased with the idea of a robot as the harbinger for a completely mechanized future being so close to them.

The Crisis of the Asiatic Cheetah and its Defenders

In times of crisis, humanity should often look in on itself to examine if it will be the heroic, caring beings we so often make ourselves out to be, or if we will stand by while innocents are punished from unwarranted crimes. This is a question that has been brought up lately revolving around the conservation efforts of the Asiatic Cheetah.
In January of 2018, eight researchers from the Tehran-based Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) were arrested by the Iranian government and were charged with “corruption of the Earth”, espionage, and collusion to espionage after conducting research of the native cheetah species. Since then, most of the research team has been in jail or were killed.

Scientists Capture the First Photograph of a Black Hole

On April 10, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released the first official photograph of a black hole’s shadow at the heart of a distant galaxy known as Messier 87. This incredible image was taken by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a series of radio dishes and other telescopes across the world that are linked together to create an Earth-sized interferometer, a device used to make precise measurements and images through the interference of two beams of light.

Video Game Series Halo is Finally Coming to PC

Eric Warner   Staff Writer It’s rare these days when a charitable, interpersonal, and definitively united community can be formed out of an entertainment outlet. While many communities are formed through common interests, work operations, or ideals, they often don’t form Read More …