Best of SNO

What does it take to fall in love?

What does it take to fall in love?

By Payton Evans

March 26, 2015

Can love be reduced to a scientific formula? To a simple set of 36 questions, even? Payton Evans at the Little Hawk explores this idea. A very cool investigative article paired with some great filmmaking, too. Many of us dream about finding “the one” — a true love, a significant other, a soulmate....

The periodic table of Cerritos College

The periodic table of Cerritos College

By Denny Cristales and the Talon Marks staff, Cerritos College

February 3, 2015

Who even comes up with stuff like this? The journalists-turned-chemists of Talon Marks at Cerritos College, that's who. They've taken the periodic table and assigned each element to a person, place, or thing at their school. The effort involved here is pretty impressive on its own--but it get...

Scientists study comets hoping to unlock secrets to origin of universe

Spacecraft Rosetta successfully deployed its lander on Comet 67P/C-G on Nov. 12, 2014

By Athena Quddus, Adolfo Camarillo HS, Camarillo, Calif.

December 9, 2014

After over a decade since its launch in 2004, the spacecraft Rosetta successfully reached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (comet C-G) on Nov. 12, 2014, making it the first spacecraft in history to ever successfully land on a comet. Dr. Claudia Alexander, JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories)/ NASA (National Aerona...

See the world through my colorblind eyes

See the world through my colorblind eyes

By Danijel Zekanovic, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas

November 24, 2014

Ever since I was a grade schooler, I knew that there was an issue with me viewing colors. Buying colored pencils at the beginning of the year was always the worst part of back-to-school shopping, primarily because I could only identify the exact shade of about 10 of the sixteen colors. After a test with...

Astronaut alum beams answers from space

Astronaut alum beams answers from space

By Daniel Krugman, Dulaney HS, Timonium, Md.

November 21, 2014

1993 graduate Reid Wiseman has just returned from 165 days aboard the International Space Station. In between orbiting 70 million miles and conducting 160 experiments, he found time to email answers to a staff reporter’s questions.

Science building gets new mascot

A bearded dragon has taken up residence in the new science building, becoming the mascot of the biology lab.

By Caroline Cravens, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

September 25, 2014

Class pets are usually pretty simple – goldfish, hermit crabs and the like. In the new science building, Dr. Rasmussen’s bearded dragon named Spyro isn’t just unusual for LHS, he’s also got a recessive trait that make him a unique shade of yellow. While most bearded dragons are brown, his yellow...

Science teacher who loves coming to work named Teacher of the Year

After 18 years of teaching, AP Biology teacher Sherri Wagner is awarded teacher of the year.

By Emily Burleson, Cinco Ranch HS, Katy, Texas

June 6, 2014

Eighteen years may seem like a long time for lesson planning, lecturing, learning, but Teacher of the Year Sherri Wagner does not see it that way. “It’s new and changing all the time,” Wagner said. “I enjoy that. I always say I love coming to work because it changes but it’s just fun for...

Students take projects to international science fair

Lukas Schwab speaks at a SPARKS lecture on May 5 about computer programming.

By Emilia Massa, Lincoln HS, Portland, Ore.

May 29, 2014

After winning awards at the PPS and State Science Fairs, junior Lukas Schwab and sophomore Clemen Deng will be competing in the international Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles from May 11-16. Schwab placed second in both the PPS Science Fair and the Electrical Engineering portion of the S...

Slinging into science

Slinging into science

By Shalavé Cawley, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

January 24, 2014

Senior Peeti Sithiyopasakul delicately places the baseball into the bra cup, which serves as the unorthodox sling of his nearly seven-foot tall trebuchet that he named “Ze Pink Panther.” He slowly takes his hand off the lever arm and releases his grip on the sling only seconds after. The class’s...