by Abdullah S '20

Microsoft: Making the Holo-Deck Portable

The Hololens in our everyday lives. Source:
On the 21st of January, a small group of respected geeky journalists met up at the Microsoft visiting center in Redmond, Washington. They would soon be among the first to experience the Augmented Reality Microsoft has in store for us.

Everyone expected the press event to be about Windows 10 and how it would change all of Microsoft’s other major products. Nobody thought that Microsoft would reveal a new device; a device with the potential to revolutionize technology as we know it. This device is called the Hololens and it has been in secret development for 7 years.

The Microsoft Hololens is an augmented reality-computing device. The device resembles ski goggles, with a big dark visor, and a dark band. The screen creates images that convince the wearer that all kinds of things are appearing in front of him. Like a computer, the Hololens can run several different applications. In fact it is a computer, and completely self-contained as well; it is not a kind of Bluetooth device. However, it has the potential to do so much more.

by Jan W '13

Erik Verlinde: Challenging Gravity since 1962

It makes ourselves and any object around us accelerate downwards at 9.8 meters-per-second squared… but why? Since approximately 1650 when the famous apple fell from the tree, gravity has been perpetually accepted as the most fundamental aspect of the physical world. The daunting truth is that there are no putative explanations for why various physical bodies in the universe are attracted one another.
Let’s take a step back into the profession of Erik Verlinde, a respected professor and theoretical physicist who has recently been interviewed on his venture to take on the question that has baffled

by Jan W '13 by Ricardo A '13

A Word on Science: Neutrinos

Until recently, it was a widely accepted notion that the fastest possible speed was the speed of light at 299,792,458 m/s. But new information about neutrinos, subatomic particles, has surfaced revealing that its own speed may be faster than the speed of light. These tiny particles whose mass is close to 0 penetrate all mass in the known universe, including the sun.
Neutrinos were first postulated in 1930 by Wolfgang Pauli, known for his contributions to the field of electron configurations. The first image of a neutrino was taken with the aid of a

by Simran V '11

The Science of Love and Obsession

There are so many different ways of defining love. Some would describe it as emotional attachment or undying affection. Some would say it’s the butterflies in your stomach or that fuzzy feeling inside. But, believe it or not, love can be scientifically explained.
to experiments at Rutgers University, being in love causes the chemical, dopamine to be released. Dopamine changes the activity of one’s nerve cells and is heavily linked to norepinephrine. Norepinephrine increases heart rate and is also known to intensify attention span, sleeplessness, and hyperactivity. Such symptoms are very common to what one

by Paulina C '13

Global Warming All a Myth?

Hybrid cars, fuel-efficient light bulbs, recycling and energy conservation programs, and international summits, are some of the many measures taken by our generation in order to manage the phenomenon of Global Warming.  The scientific community, along with the media and politicians, has taken in their hands the task of slowing down the possible occurrences due to the rise in Earth temperature. How much? Oh yes, one degree since 1975.
Schemes and inventions are not the only things this weather condition has caused. Fear and paranoia have been a common characteristic not only among environmentalists but also among the average people. Strong opinions as well as actions have accompanied this phenomenon. While many citizens take action to prevent even further Global Warming, other people wonder…. Is Global Warming a truth or just a myth?
Before attempting to answer the controversial question it is important to accurately