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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series Opens 19th Season at Foothill College

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series Opens 19th Season at Foothill College

Dominick Lanni, Staff Writer

October 13, 2018


Filed under Featured, Foothill Life, Science + Tech

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College returned for a 19th season last week with a talk by Dr. Claire Max, a Bachmann Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz, and Director of the UC Observatories. The series kicked off with a discussion ab...

Foothill Says No To Plastic Water Bottles

Foothill Says No To Plastic Water Bottles

Daniel Jacobson, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


Filed under Foothill Life, Science + Tech

Foothill College students are surely familiar with KJ’s Cafe, a friendly food shop with lunch, snacks, and now, boxed water. Beginning early in spring quarter 2018, KJ’s rejected single-use plastic water bottles in favor of water served in rectangular paper cartons in response to student-driven e...

Sudden Oak Death: What it Means for California

Sudden Oak Death: What it Means for California

Logan Keifling, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Local News, Science + Tech

At first, leaves turn an unnatural shade of green and begin to wither. Foliage turns brown and dies, clinging to the branches of the tree before falling to the forest floor. The bark begins to excrete a thick red sap, staining the tree an unnaturally dark color. Cankers and lesions begin to erupt on the bra...

Opinion: Calling “BS” on Climate Change Inaction: Taking Renewed Civic Engagement Beyond Gun Control

Opinion: Calling “BS” on Climate Change Inaction: Taking Renewed Civic Engagement Beyond Gun Control

Alex Murray, Contributor

March 13, 2018


Filed under Foothill Life, Opinion, Opinion + Politics, Politics, Science + Tech

“We call BS. That us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works.” These are the passionate words from Emma Gonzalez, one of the most outspoken survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since the shooting last mon...

When Mars Was Like Earth: NASA’s Dr. Ashwin Vasavada at Foothill College

When Mars Was Like Earth: NASA’s Dr. Ashwin Vasavada at Foothill College

Clayton Nagle, Editor

March 6, 2018


Filed under Foothill Life, Science + Tech

As part of the 18th Annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures series, Wednesday evening brought another speaker to the Smithwick Theater. Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, a planetary scientist working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab who worked directly on the Curiosity rover, gave an intriguing talk on the various ways...

STEM Center presents Machine Learning workshop

STEM Center presents Machine Learning workshop

Aditi Pandey, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Foothill Life, Science + Tech

“Python and R are the number one and number two languages being used for machine learning. We try to simplify what we find on the web and apply it to our work here at Foothill College. Which ones do we use for what? That’s what we’re going to focus on our projects here.” On Wednesday, Febr...

Dr. Tom Chatfield on Fake News, Critical Thinking, and the Internet

Dr. Tom Chatfield on Fake News, Critical Thinking, and the Internet

Ben Klein, Editorials Editor

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Foothill Life, Politics, Science + Tech

Dr. Tom Chatfield, a philosopher of technology and bestselling author, visited Foothill on February 5th to discuss fake news, disinformation, and critical thinking in public discourse -- a subject that Dr. Chatfield recently wrote a book on. I spoke with Dr. Chatfield extensively after the event about...

Foothill viewing party celebrates rare blue moon eclipse

Foothill viewing party celebrates rare blue moon eclipse

Clayton Nagle, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Foothill Life, Science + Tech

Last Wednesday morning before the sun rose, Foothill College held an event to view the lunar eclipse taking place between 4 and 6 A.M.  The college opened up their observatory to the public, and many astronomy enthusiasts brought their own cameras and telescopes to view the eclipse. Dr. Geoff Matth...

Electric Motorcycles: Urban Eco-Transportation of Tomorrow

Electric Motorcycles: Urban Eco-Transportation of Tomorrow

Elliot Hu, Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Featured, Foothill Life, Science + Tech

You may have seen Foothill's mobile police units around campus, either on patrol or helping students and faculty with things like door locks and security. What you may not have noticed is the department’s choice of electric motorcycles. Looking to simultaneously reduce emissions and improve operating...

Op-Ed: The Sociology of Climate Change Denial

Op-Ed: The Sociology of Climate Change Denial

Logan Keifling, Staff Writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Opinion + Politics, Politics, Science + Tech

Over 15,000 climate scientists from 188 different countries signed a joint declaration certifying human's role in climate change. Why are we still doubtful?

Petroleum & Permafrost: Impacts of The Senate Tax Plan

Petroleum & Permafrost: Impacts of The Senate Tax Plan

Alix Schoback, News and Politics Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Featured, Politics, Science + Tech

The Senate's recently passed tax bill has significant implications for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaskan permafrost, and our warming planet.

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