• The Silicon Valley Bank Collapse
    Photo by Mariia Shalabaieva on Unsplash Over the past couple of weeks, you may have seen headlines from several news channels and newspapers, all of which have had a similar headline to this: “The Silicon Valley Bank Collapsed.” Although many people had probably not heard of this bank prior to the collapse, the collapse prompted […]
  • The Environment and National Politics: Ohio Train Derailment
    The derailment of a train in East Palestine, Ohio, took place on February 3rd, 2023. Toxic chemicals such as butyl acrylate, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, and vinyl chloride spilled near the border between Ohio and Pennsylvania, contaminating over 15,000 pounds of soil and over one million gallons of water. Residents are worried that potential exposure […]
  • FIFA World Cup is Here!
    After months of anticipation, the FIFA World Cup is here in Qatar! This global sporting event is easily the largest sporting event in the world, netting more than 3 billion viewers total in its past three tournaments.  For a brief introduction to the event, the World Cup is a tournament between national soccer teams of […]
  • The Cancellation of Sapphic Shows
    Women wearing the colors of the pride flag by Isi Parente. Unsplash Representation: something everyone deserves to have, whether in the government or something as simple as the media. However, many minorities aren’t represented in the media, and even the slightest bit of representation they have are being taken away. This is especially evident with […]
  • Halloween Tragedy in South Korea
    For many, Halloween night in Seoul, South Korea, was supposed to be fun after two years of cooping up inside. However, for the over 100,000 people in the famous clubbing district of Itaewon, the night was a tragedy that will never be forgotten. Thousands of people piled into the narrow alleys of Itaewon; of those […]
  • The Case Against Adnan Syed and the “Serial” Podcast
    Trigger warning: descriptions of murder scene Following over two decades of incarceration, at the end of September of 2022, Adnan Syed walked free, when a Baltimore judge re-opened his case and vacated his conviction. In the year 2000, Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore, Maryland. The case quickly garnered […]
  • The Nord Stream Pipeline Explosions
    On September 26th, 2022, the Nord Stream gas pipelines suffered from serious gas leaks that occurred as the result of explosions. The pipelines run from Russia to Germany and the explosions occurred off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm. Due to the timing of the explosion, many political leaders, such as the Danish […]
  • The Hidden Pandemic of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
    Photo on by Freestocks  In the last century, revolutionary medical innovations have saved the lives of many and drastically increased human life expectancy. One of these inventions is the development of antibiotics: drugs that can kill or prevent disease-causing bacteria from reproducing while simultaneously not harming the patient’s cells. From pneumonia to sepsis, antibiotics […]
  • The Surviving Ranch of Hurricane Ian
    Hurricanes, but how to survive? Hurricane Ian is a major large-scale hurricane that obliterated many homes and cities, as it is a category 4 hurricane. Heavily affecting many families in Florida and cities near.. 120 lives were lost because of this natural disaster. Losing power in many places across Florida except Babcock Ranch. This ranch […]
  • The Mass-Producing Music Industry
    Remember how our parents would listen to local songs or to view Elvis Presley that would only come for a specific time? To keep the music industry alive, concerts would be held in small venues in person. Today, however, we can listen to music anywhere we go through our devices.  The music industry has massively […]
  • The Unfaltering Fight for Equality: Abortion Rights in the Past and Future
    “Abortion is Healthcare” by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash “We have to stand together in this fight, right — those of us who understand what’s at stake,” said U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the culmination of unwavering attempts of activists to legalize abortion rights in […]
  • India Reintroduces the Cheetah
    “Running cheetah cubs” by Tambako the Jaguar, Creative Commons In 1952, the cheetah was officially declared extinct in India. Centuries before, hundreds of Asiatic cheetahs roamed India. During the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s rule, there were over 10,000 cheetahs living in India, and the emperor alone had 1000 in his kingdom.  Despite the cheetah’s importance to […]
  • Senior College Panel
    We recently had the senior panel conducted on May 20th, 2022. Here, several seniors got the opportunity to converse about their experiences through their highschool life, college admissions, essays, activities, and more. They also provided a lot of useful tips about college admissions, specifically how to organize your colleges (e.g. through a platform called Scoir)–a […]
  • Is AI the Future?
    Computer Science has been there for over a century at this point, and it’s fascinating to see its growing changes over time. However, very recently, AI has been making an increasingly popular trend. Today, whether you agree or not, we depend on AI. You may be thinking… how? Well, take your GPS for example when […]
  • Molnupiravir: miracle pill?
    In the fight against the COVID-19 virus, a new drug has been introduced to significantly mitigate the disease’s effects. Named after Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, the drug molnupiravir could be a powerful tool for reducing the risk of hospitalization and death among coronavirus patients. Here’s what you need to know about how the pill works, and what the advantages […]
  • China’s Crackdown on video games
    by Aditi Swaminathan A new policy, effective September 1, was passed in China to restrict minors from gaming during the school week, with the exception of an hour on Fridays, weekends, and holidays. There were already guidelines in place, stating gaming time allotments and ages, but this newly passed law takes the gaming prohibitions to […]
  • A Tribute to 700,000 Deaths
    As October of 2021 comes to a close, we are rapidly approaching the two-year mark since the coronavirus pandemic began. This month, the United States reached another record-breaking milestone–700,000 deaths, more than seven times what former President Donald Trump had predicted and expected to be the maximum number possible. Shockingly, this staggering report appears at […]
  • The pandemic’s impact on poor hospitals
    by Siya Verma Some 1,821 hospitals have been crying out for help for the past 9 years — all in vain. Each year since 2011, more U.S. hospitals have closed than opened, a vast majority in rural areas. The pandemic is making things worse. Before 2020, one in four rural hospitals in America was at […]
  • Apple’s new lineup
    Every year or so, around November and October, Apple announces a new set of certain apple products, including iPads or iMacs. However, perhaps one of the most anticipated products is the iPhone.  On October 17th of this year, Apple announced the new lineup of the iPhone 13. Like last year, Apple released four separate models: […]
  • the diaspora’s role in India’s covid crisis
    Image Credit: Karthik Chandran Mornings in my household are serene things. My dad makes fresh-brewed chai on the stove while coddling our two-year-old Goldendoodle. My mother sets up her Zoom camera to teach her daily Pilates classes from the living room. Mornings are easy, unmemorable, quiet. But lately, mornings in my household are suffused with a different […]
  • The Destructive Legacy of the Model Minority Myth
    The “model minority myth” is derived from the stereotype of Asians as hard-working, intelligent, passive, and economically prosperous. The term was coined by sociologist William Pettersen in a 1966 New York Times article to counter claims of white supremacy. He pushed the idea of Asians as the “perfect” minority group: rule-abiding, complacent, and successful. Since then, the […]
  • A Serious Dilemma: The Virus of Hate Against the AAPI Community
    Image Credits: “RACISM” by roger g1 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Anti-Asian hate crimes, including both verbal and physical attacks, have been on the rise ever since the COVID-19 pandemic first began, but the AAPI community is no stranger to racism. From the Chinese massacre of 1871, to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, to the Japanese internment […]
    Image Credit: “World Health Day 2020 at PHC” by Trinity Care Foundation is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 India is currently facing a deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to many other problems. In India, the confirmed COVID cases are about 400,000 daily, which is higher than any other country during the pandemic. Experts suspect that […]
  • Visually and Hearing-Impaired People during COVID
    Since the COVID pandemic, social distancing and isolation procedures have affected communication greatly for everyone. Having to stay a certain distance apart from others as well as wearing masks makes it hard to speak or hear clearly; furthermore, it is almost impossible to read other’s facial expressions. Yet at the same time, people with disabilities […]
  • Four Ways We Can Change The Reality of Climate Change
    I recently completed a week-long training for Climate Leadership led by our former Vice President Al Gore to become a Certified Climate Leader and take action in my community. The entire workshop is about how we all can combat the ongoing climate crisis on a Global level. Climate change is a global problem affecting the […]
  • The History and Significance of AAPI Heritage Month
    Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month honors the diverse cultures and essential contributions of the community that has played such a critical role in America’s history. Though the celebration has been recognized for over 30 years, many believe that this month may be one of the most significant observances. This past year has […]
  • Mental Health During COVID-19
    Image Credit: “Depression” by shattered.art66 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Sayra Raj, real name concealed for privacy concerns, said she had never felt loneliness before the pandemic. Spending time alone gave her flashbacks and nightmares; past trauma crept upon her and her thoughts often spiraled into darkness. As she struggled emotionally and mentally every day, her teachers piled […]
  • Why Health Experts Expect the 4th Wave of Covid-19
    After a year of quarantine, heavy restrictions regarding social interactions and public behavior, and the development of vaccines, America is on the course to recovery from the pandemic. This progress and trajectory towards “normalcy” has led to significant relaxation for a majority of the public. Despite the progress made and the 64 million Americans that […]
  • COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Variants, and Reopenings
    With vaccine distribution making headway across the globe, businesses reopening, and schools resuming in-person learning, many aspects of people’s lives are finally returning to normalcy. However, though we may be at the beginning of the end of this pandemic, it is still critical that everyone continues to take precautions to stay safe from new variants.   […]
  • Why CA Gov. Gavin Newsom is in the Process of Being Recalled
    The number of validated signatures to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom has been stacking up over the past few months, amounting to over two million as of late March–more than half a million votes over the minimum number required. This campaign, first created in June of 2020, is the sixth attempt to recall the governor […]
  • Here’s what to expect in Biden’s new stimulus package
    Early last month, Congress passed a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus package to foster economic and medical relief from the now year-long pandemic. The package was passed almost entirely on party lines, but remains a significant victory for the Democratic party and the new administration. Here’s what to expect from the package, known formally as the […]
  • Alcohol May Be Our Lead to the Solution
    What smells like a campfire, flickers with an auburn hue, and has spent a year in space? It’s the substance that twelve wine connoisseurs have had the opportunity to savor in 2021 for the sake of environmental research. Last year, researchers in Bordeaux, France sent a dozen bottles of wine along with 320 snippets of […]
  • 5 YA Books With Asian American Representation
    As an avid reader who turned to books as an escape at a young age, I’ve been practically raised by distinguished works such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Divergent, and more. Though these authors have woven beautiful dystopian worlds and contrived intriguing characters for me to fall in love with, I always longed to relate […]
  • A Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Quarry Lane’s Yearbook Team
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Since that fateful day we received an email from Quarry Lane administration that our school would follow quarantine procedure, many of the events and traditions that characterize our campus culture have faded into obscurity. Pep rallies have all but disappeared, the tug-of-war challenges and […]
  • How the Bay Area Reflects a Troubling Rise in Anti-Asian Racism
    Pooja, who didn’t want her real name used for fear of retaliation, said she realized early on that she would have to struggle to be accepted in a school in the United States where there were not many international students. When walking down the school hallways, she was constantly told to go back to her […]
  • The Interview that Splintered the Image of the Crown
    Content Warning: self-harm, bulimia The British monarchy has been instituted for over 1,000 years, its reverence and influence far transcending Britain’s borders. While the idea of royalty has been immensely romanticized by fairytale love stories, the authentic emotions of British Royals have revealed there is more to their life than a crown and glamorous whirlwind […]
  • What We Know About The Atlanta Spa Shootings
     Content Warning: Mentions of murder and shooting. Viewer discretion is advised. A series of shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday, March 16 left eight people dead and at least one wounded. The heinous attack is hypothesized to be a hate crime against Asian American women, especially since six of the […]
  • NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Nursing Home and Sexual Harassment Allegations
    Towards the end of February, it was publicly revealed that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides altered the statistics of the true number of people that had passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to NBC New York, “The aides, including the secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, pushed state health […]
  • Sarah Everard’s Death: What It Means to Live in Fear
    Content Warning: Mentions of sexual assault, murder, and kidnap. Viewer discretion advised. On March 3rd, 33-year old marketing executive Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house at 9:00 pm. Dressed in bright clothing, on the phone with a loved one, and walking along a well-lit London street, she was doing everything women across […]
  • wHAT wE kNOW aBOUT the hubble space telescope’s recent software glitch
    Since its launch by NASA in 1990, The Hubble Telescope has taken over 1.4 million intriguing pictures of galaxies, black holes, stars, and other dazzling extraterrestrial mysteries. Able to see almost 15 billion light-years away and costing over 10 billion dollars to build and maintain, the Hubble Telescope remains one of the most significant projects […]
  • An AP Testing Recap: Past and Present
    2020 marked the first year in which AP exams were administered at home as a side-effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The major change in testing style generated a host of issues regarding equity and fairness. Since the exams were conducted through an online platform, students taking the exams needed an electronic device as well as […]
  • Jeff Bezos Steps Down As Amazon CEO. What Now?
    After founding Amazon 27 years ago, Jeff Bezos has transformed from an online-bookstore into a super-sized tech company that dominates e-commerce, cloud computing, and other industries. Now, on February 2nd of this year, Jeff Bezos announced that he will step down from the position of CEO of Amazon to the position of executive chairman. […]
  • Why We Need Two Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine
    It is common knowledge that COVID-19 vaccines only fully take effect when patients receive two doses, with the recommended time between each shot being three weeks for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and four weeks for the Moderna vaccine. However, misleading articles and information questioning the need for the second vaccine dose that are circulating around the […]
  • A Different Kind of Victory
    Around this time last year, the National Football League was scrambling to figure out how it could schedule 32 teams to play a total of 269 games in the midst of a deadly pandemic. The league decided to face the virus head-on and run through the season with strict protocols, but without a “bubble” approach followed by […]
  • A Look Into the CDC’s New Guidelines for Schools
    Reopening schools has become a subject of heated debate as America continues its efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic. In early February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a long-awaited roadmap detailing how schools should reopen safely. It’s reassured many educators, but has also left others worried if the recommendations are enough to keep […]
  • A Whirlwind of Executive Action
    Executive orders have been a crucial part of the presidential branch’s power, with every president having signed at least one during their time in office. While Congress is unable to reverse an executive order, it does have the ability to pass legislation that indirectly harms the execution of the order (like reducing funding for a certain project).
  • The True Story That Inspired Judas and the Black Messiah
    “Judas and the Black Messiah”, released on February 12, 2021, was a long-awaited exposé of the FBI’s past conspiracies against the Black nationalist political organization, The Black Panther Party. Following the story of William O’Neal’s infiltration of the Black Panther Party, the movie was inspired by true events and the harassment of the Black Panther […]
  • What the farmer protests have revealed about democratic backsliding in India
    As the world reels from the global pandemic, climate change, and other modern calamities, a historic movement has been quietly raging in India. Since August, tens of thousands of Indian agricultural workers, many of them members of the Sikh religious minority, have taken to the streets across the country. The protests are a result of […]
  • Becky Albertalli’s “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” is a Must-Read for Young Adults
    Despite being in a society that is more accepting of various sexual orientations, the media and culture that surround us are still heteronormative, which makes it difficult for LGBT people to come out. This situation is what Simon Spier experiences in the popular young adult book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. A gay […]
  • Key Players of South Asian Origin in the Biden-Harris Administration
    South Asians in the house! — my cousin cheers between mouthfuls of samosa and peanut chutney as Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President of the United States on screen. It’s a day as celebratory as it is surreal — especially for the ‘South Asians in the house’, who are scattered across the country watching one of the most unprecedented inaugurations in history. I knew I was going to see a female president or vice-president hold that Bible on camera during my lifetime. The world has seen female presidents a
  • DEMOCRACY REQUIRES ACCOUNTABILITY: Reflecting on the Capitol Hill Insurrection
    The curtains have closed on Donald Trump’s administration—on a scene that was foreshadowed throughout his entire presidency.
  • Wisconsin pharmacist Arrested for Allegedly Destroying COVID-19 Vaccine. What Now?
    On December 31st, 2020, a Wisconsin pharmacist was arrested following the destruction of over fifty-seven vials of the Moderna vaccine. Steven Brandenburg, worker at the Advocate Aurora Health Care Center, is accused of deliberately tampering with approximately five-hundred doses of the latest COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Los Angeles county hits 1 million COVID-19 cases. What Now?
    On Saturday, January 16th, Los Angeles became the very first county to reach 1 million coronavirus cases ever since the pandemic began in early 2020.
    Tragedy struck in the capital of Indonesia on January 9 as Flight SJ182 violently crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 62 passengers aboard.
  • Alexander Wang And the Stigma Against Addressing Male Sexual Assault
    A little over a month ago, male model Owen Mooney publicly accused Alexander Wang, an influential fashion designer, of groping him in a New York City nightclub in 2017. Through a sequence of short clips posted on TikTok, Mooney revealed his alleged encounter with the fashion designer, saying “People with this kind of status, they think their power gives them a pass to do this to people.”
  • “See You In DC!”: How Social Media Helped Incite The CApitol Breach
    Historically, most presidential transferences of power have been relatively smooth and peaceful, with the exception of notable occurrences such as the election of 1876. On January 6th, 2021, less than a week into the new year, supporters of President Donald Trump had already made national and global news headlines by breaching the U.S. Capitol. Following Joe Biden’s presidential victory, confirmed in early November of 2020, Trump and his supporters began to claim election fraud.
  • Success in Georgia Sets up Democratic Success in the Presidency
    Georgia’s Runoff Elections on January 5th, 2021, had a special significance as the results determined the Senate majority, and consequently, the extent of legislation President Joe Biden will pass.
  • The Bright Future: CES 2021’s Coolest Products
    CES is an annual electronics show where a variety of new products, concepts, and technological innovations are presented.
  • How To Contribute to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
    According to the World Health Organization, “In 2018, an estimated 570, 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide, and about 31, 000 women died from the disease.”
  • Period Poverty – Now’s The Time to Address It
    In every country, menstruating women, trans, and non-binary people lack sanitary and affordable methods of managing their period. Some have no choice but to use substitutes such as newspapers, toilet rolls, or cloth rags.
  • Expiry of Trade Tariff Exception Leads to Price Increases in Computers
    Computer enthusiasts are yet again hit by another wave of disappointment as prices for computer components further increase.
  • The latest update on the covid-19 vaccine
    A shocking 78% of all I.C.U. beds are full across the United States as the total number of confirmed cases surpasses 18 million. In parts of California specifically, over 93% of all intensive care unit beds are full, and doctors and other health officials request for everyone to stay at home this holiday season.     […]
  • CW’s Supernatural’s queerbaiting: a brief history, and what comes next
    Note: this article uses the word ‘queer’ in a reclaimed sense.  In arguably the most chaotic month of an outstandingly chaotic year, an era of television came to an end with the series finale of the CW’s Supernatural. The somewhat soapy horror series following the supernatural exploits of two American brothers emerged in 2005 and […]
  • AMD and Nvidia launch: Promises broken?
    It’s been more than two months since Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series launch and more than one since AMD’s Big Navi GPU launch. Yet none of these cards are available on store shelves. Going to Amazon, Newegg, or other vendors to find these cards will yield nothing more than a notify me button.  Going to Ebay, […]
  • The Past, Present, and Future of Standardized Testing
    Right when high schoolers across the country thought that the stress and pressure from college applications had reached its peak, the outbreak of a global pandemic disrupted every aspect of normal life as we knew it, compounding the challenges they faced.  When the coronavirus began to spread throughout the US in early March, schools everywhere […]
  • The Monopolization of Big Tech Companies over the Tech Industry
    Facebook was sued on December 8th by the Federal Trade Commission and 46 other states in two antitrust lawsuits for alleged “anti-competitive behavior” and abusing power in the digital industry. The Federal Trade Commission went further in an attempt to indefinitely separate assets of Facebook like Instagram and WhatsApp as well as attempt to impose […]
  • the rapid gentrification of the Bay Area
    Within the past decade, the Bay Area has witnessed a massive demographic shift of low-income and people of color, particularly from cities like San Francisco and Oakland. This phenomenon of gentrification refers to the process in which a neighborhood changes socially, culturally, demographically, and economically following historic disinvestment. It has notoriously been associated with significant […]
  • COVID-19’s Impact on the Entertainment Industry
    This past year, COVID-19 has changed numerous aspects of our daily lives, including entertainment and collective media. Although the entertainment industry has had rapid changes throughout the past couple of decades, 2020 has presented many new problems.      Movie theaters have been closed over the year, delaying the release of new films and movies such […]
  • How is Christmas expected to look in 2020
    In all the predictions of events taking place in 2020, the question of Santa Claus brought us to a bump in a tradition that was able to continue as yet manageable. With the pandemic taking a strong toll on public lives, there was expected if not bound to have been some change in the customary […]
  • Supreme Court Reform: A Balancing Act
    The makeup of the Supreme Court has enormous implications on the laws that are passed. Decisions made by the appointed justices affect the lives of Americans for decades.
  • The Results are in: Putin has Triumphed Again
    Alexei Navalny’s miraculous recovery earlier this year sparked some hope for the upcoming Russian elections. Unfortunately, Russian democracy did not see the same rejuvenation. For Russians, though there are constant pushes to go to the polls and increase voter turnout, one vote really doesn’t matter. There is no doubt that the election’s results are rigged. Russia had regional elections for 20 governors and 11 regional parliaments, similar to the position of United States senator. There are three major Russian political parties: United Russia, Putin’s party; A Just Russia, the left-wing party; and Russia of the Future, Alexei Navalny’s party. Out of the 20 gubernatorial races, only five were claimed by parties other than United Russia. Of those five seats, the results were split between various parties.
  • Covid-19 and the Flu: The Threat of a ‘TwinDemic’
    A healthcare worker in Solano County, California, has contracted both COVID-19 and influenza simultaneously, becoming the first person in the United States to test positive for both. Medical officials are worried that a “twindemic” may arise as winter approaches, and that the hospitals all across the nation may be overwhelmed with patients.
  • Unraveling Institutionalized Toxic Masculinity
    The origins of “masculinity” date nearly 55 million years back. Early male hominids and other primates showed displays of physical strength and aggression to exert control over their communities.
  • NaNoWriMo 2020: A Reflection
    Nanowrimo logo – “image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”
  • A Closer Look Into AMD’s 2020 Launch
    AMD have officially launched their Zen 3 based CPUs on November 5th to great praise from reviewers and consumers alike. This was shown in the keynote as upwards of 50% increased in performance in games like League of Legends and CS:GO.
  • iPhone 12: Price and features
    Every year or so, Apple releases a new phone for consumers. Last year the iPhone 11 came out and this year it’s time for the iPhone 12. The baseline unlocked iPhone 12 starts at $829, with 64 GB of storage.
  • How We Give Thanks Across the Globe
    Some may believe that Thanksgiving is a holiday exclusive to America, but its celebrated around the world with unique and exciting traditions. As there are about 17 countries that have their own way of celebrating Thanksgiving, different places do so for a variety of reasons. Some celebrations commemorate migrations to the Americas while others look at the beginning of a new lunar cycle as the start of the harvest season. In different places, the traditions may differ, but the purpose of this holiday remains the same: it’s an opportunity to spend time with the people who you’re thankful for or are important to you.
  • On Domestic Violence: Model Minority, Private Pain
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar *Content note: discussion of domestic violence.  Forty-five-year-old Mamta Shah met her second husband at a student union in 2012, and they soon shared a cramped Houston apartment to begin their new life together. Shah had recently fled Nepal and an abusive marriage, gaining asylum […]
  • The Devastating Intersection of The Opoid Epidemic and Covid-19
    Photo of drugs. Source by Konstantin Lazorkin.
  • Eddie Valen Halen Tragically Passes away at 65
    On October 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen, the shredding legend himself, walked off the stage of life after 65 years of showing the world all that he can do. He fought a lengthy battle with throat cancer, and he tragically succumbed to it. Eddie Van Halen was born on January 26, 1955 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. […]
  • Dramatic Rise in Oakland Homicides
    Oakland Police Department. Source by Vision 63.
  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19
    Early on Friday, October 2nd, President Donald Trump tweeted that both he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the corona virus and would begin their quarranting process. Through the development and spread of the COVID-19, Trump has made multiple statements in support of masks as well as comments heavily understating their […]
  • What Would A Contested Election Look Like?
    Earlier this year––a year racked with coronavirus, political instability, and uncertainty––about 100 of America’s top officials, advisors, and leaders met secretly in the summer heat, a scene reminiscent of a similar summer meeting that took place over 200 years ago. Like that fateful gathering all those years ago that ultimately signed the Declaration of Independence, the meeting held 200 years later would be an important turning point in American history.
  • ‘This American Life Adds Liveliness to Life’ Podcast: Review
    One of the most popular shows on NPR, This American Life (TAL) talks about stories of all kinds, each evoking different emotions. Ever since its first episode in 1995, the show has received numerous Peabody awards and even had an HBO TV show. From stories on summer camp to pressing issues such as immigration, TAL hooks listeners right away.
  • Back With A Vengeance: Virtual Return of FRC Robotics
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  • The Orionid Highlights Shine Through a Dark Year
    Peaking in October, the Orionid meteor showers are one of the most beautiful showers every year. Meteors themselves come from leftover comet particles and small parts of broken asteroids. When comets orbit the sun, they emit dust that slowly spreads into a trail of dust following the orbit. Every year the Earth passes through these trails, which cause the debris to strike and enter our atmosphere, where they disintegrate and manifest as the iconic dazzling streaks in the sky.
  • The Boom of Sports Trading Cards Market During the Pandemic
    Although modern baseball cards such as the ones in this picture have more colorful effects and features, they are not as rare or valuable as the plain and old baseball cards as those baseball cards are. “BASEBALL SPORTS CARDS” by supportcaringllc is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
    “Chadwick Boseman” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  • High Profile Bollywood Case uncovers Drug Scandal
    “Sushant Singh Rajput, Iffi goa 2017” by joegoaukiffi3 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  • The Nvidia RTX3080/3090 launch fiasco
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  • Inside the NFL’s Coronavirus Crisis
    During a typical NFL season, a clash between two undefeated teams would be a consequential viewing for any avid football fan. Stadiums would be filled with fans cheering at the top of their lungs in support of their teams. Unfortunately, this season has been anything but normal. The Tennessee Titans faced the Buffalo Bills in […]
  • The Dilemma of the Democratic Party
    That’s all I could think as I watched the three-day spectacle that was the 2020 Democratic National Convention. And I didn’t just mean that the pandemic that had forced the convention, along with everything else in American life, to more virtual landscapes. I meant it was never supposed to be like this––a Democratic party desperately trying […]
  • #MeToo Inspires Change Within The South Asian Community
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar DUBLIN, California –– When 29-year-old Srishti Prabha said she was sexually harassed by her boss at her first job, she said she did not file a complaint with human resources. She did not find a lawyer and contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There […]
  • The NBA Bubble: Will It Pop?
    Original art by Izzy Chiang.
  • Efforts to Curb Wildfires: What You Need To Know
    Firefighter battling a blaze. Source by USFWS/Southeast.
  • Text to Speech? Now You Can!
    Remember the last time you didn’t have any alternatives to this? Me neither. Tech goes fast.
  • Pick Your Poison, and Beat it: Alexei Navalny Recovers
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  • A Glimpse At U.S. Elections (Behind A Mask)
    Ira L. Black, Getty Images
  • The Scandal Behind Disney’s New Live-Action Mulan
    Art by Kalyani Valiyaveettil
  • Nvidia Launch: Tech Amid a Pandemic
    The hype for Nvidia’s new Ampere GPUs are at an all time high. Charts shown by Nvidia at their launch event show a greater than 80% increase in performance over the previous generation Turing GPUs. This is the biggest generational leap in Nvidia’s history. The next closest leap was the jump from Maxwell to Pascal […]