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The Cure for COVID-19

An illustration of COVID-19 created by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Brian Lane, Staff Reporter

May 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe by storm, shutting down all public gatherings and social lives of our world’s inhabitants. Scientists are urgently testing different vaccines, trying to stop the wave of casualties. However, where are scientists right now in their research for a cure, and is...

Women in Engineering

The Society of Women Engineers is the largest women-in-STEM advocate in the world.

Camille Balo, Editor-in-Chief, STEM Editor

November 2, 2019

Adviser’s Note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this opinion article belong solely to the author and do not reflect the view of The Colt Chronicle Staff, Kinnelon High School, or its students and staff members.  As of 2018, only 13 percent of engineers are women.   However, compared...

Human Colonization of Mars: How Realistic Is It?

An artist's conception of a Mars habitat.

Brian Lane, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2019

In recent years, news has been flying around the science world about the possibility of colonizing Mars. However, many don’t know the logistics of Mars colonization. Researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a university and research center based in Switzerland, proposed...

Math Honors Society Hosts Engineer

Andy Feldmen addresses the crowd. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Bagarozza.

Ethan Burt, Staff Reporter

December 13, 2018

For many high school students, the idea of having to choose what career they wish to pursue as an adult is a daunting task that they would rather not even consider. For students at KHS who have considered this question and came to the realization that they are interested in a STEM (Science, Technology,...

World Space Week: Day 7 – Voids and Supervoids

A part of the making of the Universe called the “cosmic web,” made up of large, dark matter filaments.

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 12, 2018

Imagine nothing.   If you thought of a void or supervoid in space, then you’re pretty close to being right.   Cosmic voids are vast spaces between galaxy filaments (the largest known structures in the Universe) that usually either contain a few galaxies or none at all. Voids th...

World Space Week: Day 6 – Cosmic Microwave Background

Nine years of cosmic microwave background radiation.

Camille Balo

October 10, 2018

The Big Bang theory is the prevailing and most accepted cosmological model of our Universe. The theory describes that the Universe expanded from a very high-density and high-temperature state and also provides an in-depth explanation to the broad range of phenomena found in the Universe, including cosm...

World Space Week: Day 5 – Himiko

Left panel: a large Lyman-alpha blob. Glowing hydrogen gas in the blob is shown by the yellow. A galaxy (white) is visible within the blob. The blue (x-ray) shows evidence for a growing supermassive black hole. Right panel: artist depiction of how a blob would look up close.

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2018

Located 12.9 billion light-years away from Earth, Himiko, a giant gas cloud located in the constellation of Cetus, is considered to be one of the largest and most distant objects found in space. The cloud, spanning 55,000 light years across (approximately half the diameter of the Milky Way) and ho...

World Space Week: Day 4 – Humans in Space

Model of Vostok 1 with its upper stage.

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2018

From fruit flies in space rockets to human-crewed space vessels, hands-on space exploration in an environment that could quickly kill without the right gear has grown substantially. One of the biggest improvements pertaining to in-space research is the presence of humans in space. Yuri Gagarin, a So...

World Space Week: Day 3 – The Formation of Our Solar System

Early solar system artist concept.

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 6, 2018

Earth, the Moon, the Sun, Venus; all features that make up our solar system. But, how did our solar system, home to more than 550,000 asteroids, 181 moons, eight planets, and five dwarf planets, form? Well, the answer starts with the Big Bang, a theory about how the Universe came to be, approximatel...

World Space Week: Day 2 – TRAPPIST-1

This illustration shows the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets as they might look as viewed from Earth using a fictional, incredibly powerful telescope. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2018

Life beyond our world has always been a controversial topic, with the lack of information regarding space, life, and the conditions in which living organisms can form, mainly because there are more than one heptillion observable planets in our Universe. The chances of life somewhere out there in the vast vacuum o...

The History and Future of NASA

Official NASA seal. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2018

With the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) 60th birthday just occurring on Oct. 1, NASA has had many historic discoveries, launches, and events. From the early failure of Vanguard to the future plans of conquering Mars, NASA shows its promising future while learning from the pa...

World Space Week: Day 1 – Copernican Heliocentrism

Official logo for World Space Week. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Camille Balo, Editor of STEM, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2018

Oct. 4 marks the beginning of World Space Week, a United Nations-created event formed in 1999, that celebrates the contributions of space science and technology. Since then, it has become the largest public space event on Earth, with more than 3,700 events in 80 countries. To celebrate the week, we look...

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