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Tuesday February 27th

Aneri Upadhyay


A recent discovery has shown that the moon is shrinking - and the effects are unpredictable (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / “Full moon partially obscured by atmosphere” by NASA. PD NASA. December 21, 1999). 
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Shrinking moon leads to instability and unpredictability for future missions

According to the Weather Channel, the moon has lost around 150 feet in its circumference over the past hundred million years. This is due to its core cooling down over time. The moon’s crust is forming more canyons as it shrinks, which has caused tremors that are referred to as moonquakes. As seen in ITV, the moonquakes are quite powerful and can last for hours. The strongest has registered as the equivalent of a 5.0 magnitude earthquake. 

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Just one month into the new year, people are already experiencing intense flooding and destruction across California as homes and schools are left as debris (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / “Flood under the Old Route 49 bridge crossing over the South Yuba River in Nevada City, California” by Kelly M. Grow/ California Department of Water Resources. PD California. January 9, 2017). 
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Record floods in California destroy homes and cause irreparable damage

Just one month into the new year, people are already experiencing intense flooding and destruction across California as homes and schools are left as debris. San Diego, California experienced the heaviest rainfall during January in its history with half an inch every hour coming down in the span of one day, as reported by Reuters. These floods destroyed homes, parked cars and closed highways. It was also reported that one elementary school had up to three inches of flood water in its classrooms.

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In the town of Portland, Oregon, disputes over fair pay and benefits for teachers have recently resulted in a strike, closing public schools (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“Teachers picketing near Wells High School” by Margalob. November 1, 2023). 
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Teachers strike in Portland commences due to lack of resources

For years, there have been disputes over fair pay and benefits for teachers around the world. However, in the town of Portland, Oregon, this has recently resulted in a strike, closing public schools. The strike was due to large class sizes, low salaries and a lack of resources according to AP News. Sarah Trapido, a special education teacher at Kellogg Middle School, is one of the teachers going on strike. She commented on the reasoning behind it as a whole. 

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Major discoveries were made about Mars, changing the way astronomers and scientists will look at the planet forever (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/“OSIRIS Mars true color” by ESA & MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA. February 24, 2007). 
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Mars: what we now know about Earth’s neighbor

Mars is one of eight planets in our solar system, and although it is one of Earth’s neighboring planets, there is still much to be discovered about its properties and liveability. Last week, major discoveries were made, changing the way astronomers and scientists will look at the planet forever. 

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