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A chirp reveals the origins of the world: LIGO proves existence of gravitational waves

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The idea of a black hole is terrifying in and of itself. But now, imagine two black holes colliding into one another at the speed of light. This collision would result in a larger black hole, sending ripples called gravitational waves through the spacetime fabric of the universe. Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves is fundamental…

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Formation under discussion

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On February 6, Beyoncé released a surprise video for her new song, “Formation”, which she performed the very next day at the NFL Super Bowl 50. She also made the song available for download on Tidal following the release. The video contains controversial images: Beyoncé sitting on a sinking police car, a young black boy…

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The results are in: New Hampshire and Iowa citizens first to cast votes in presidential race

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A New Hampshire voter checks in at a polling station in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, as both Republicans and Democrats register votes in their respective presidential primaries. (Bao Dandan/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS) Over the past two weeks, the process of voting for the next president has begun. First, Iowans caucused on Monday, February 1.…

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Beyond the playground: Students solve global issues through sophomore STARS class

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Like their fellow high schoolers, sophomores had many problems to solve throughout finals week, from essay prompts to chemistry equations and everything in between. However, one three-week unit prepared them to solve a global problem more than any other: the Nest Foundation’s child sex trafficking pilot program based on the documentary “Playground,” which students watched…

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Carry that weight: Understanding new gun control legislation

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“I’m just very simple about it,” college counselor Eric Heineman said. “In places where they don’t have guns, people don’t die from gun violence.” Just over sixth months ago, Texas’ 84th Legislative Session came to a close. Among the bills that passed were two very controversial pieces of legislation, both of which were signed into…

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Oregon Standoff: What’s going on?

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Ammon Bundy speaks during his daily press conference at the top of the road leading to the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 6, 2016 near Burns, Ore. (Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard/Zuma Press/TNS) Early this month, a group of armed anti-government protesters occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon. This situation struck…

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Dumping the Trump; The UK to potentially ban Trump from entering the country

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (John Fitzhugh/Biloxi Sun Herald/TNS) Republican candidate Donald Trump has been at the center of attention ever since he decided to run for president. With his controversial opinions, many believe he isn’t fit to…

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Making movements: Five decades apart two student organizations mobilize younger generations

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Austin residents celebrate the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. while marching in front of the state capitol on January 18, 2016. Photo by Rewon Shimray. A crowd of over 20,000 gazed up at Dr. King, eyes wide, waiting. He stepped up to the microphone, and his voice rang loud over the steps…

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License to Kill: New “Open Carry” laws implemented in Texas

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The organization “Open Carry Texas” reportedly held demonstrations by filming themselves walking into a Chili’s and a Sonic with semi-automatic weapons strapped to their backs, in an effort to see how management would respond. This was followed with criticism from the NRA, and these tactics were outlawed in six national restaurant chains. On June 13,…

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Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Syrians sit on a sidewalk where they have been sleeping in Izmir, Turkey, while they wait to attempt reaching Greece by boat on Sept. 3, 2015. This year, some 220,000 war refugees and economic migrants have arrived in Greece from Turkey and other Mediterranean jumping off points, according to U.N. figures. (Alice Martins/McClatchy/TNS) Thousands of…

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The new player: How Russia is changing the game in Syria

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Syrian president Bashar Al Assad visits soldiers and officers at a military checkpoint near the area of Jobar, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on December 31st, 2014. Assad has outlasted the Obama administration’s 2011 prediction that his days are numbered. (Abaca Press/TNS) The Syrian Civil War is in its fifth year. One of the Syrian government’s…

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Ready or Not: Soon-to-be legal voters chew over the 2016 Presidential nominees

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Senior Joshua Banja discusses his thoughts on the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. It has been almost four years since the last presidential election, and almost eight years since there has been a new president.    As current high school seniors become adults, they are beginning to form initial opinions on the 2016 presidential elections. “It’s nice to finally…

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