The Heating of the Arctic
Everyone has heard of climate change and just how serious things are getting with this issue. Yet in the Arctic, these issues are occurring even faster than the rest of the world. According to the research of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Arctic is heating up two times faster compared to the rest of the world. With that, the temperature shift in the Artic shows how the climate will change throughout the globe. Along with the study, they have found an increasing average in air temperature from October 2015 to September 2016, the highest since 1995 at 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit. With the influence of Greenhouse gasses, this marks the highest average on record. These changes could have permanently changed the terrain of the artic; it is causing more sea ice to melt, and the Perennial sea ice is melting drastically. The Perennial sea ice of the Arctic is the portion of ice that normally survives its yearly summer melt season. However, recent studies reveal that this part of the sea ice is decreasing at an alarming rate. Research has also found that within the Perennial sea ice is stored carbon. Thus when it is melted it is released into the atmosphere, exacerbating the effects of greenhouse gas tolls on the climate and weather patterns.
The Golden Globes
The 74th Golden Globes nominations were announced on Monday and it is a great list with talented actors and actresses. To start off with best drama motion picture is Hacksaw Ridge with three nominations, one of which is for Andrew Garfield’s role as Desmond Doss who was a World War II medic. He served in the battle of Okinawa and refused to kill people. Desmond Doss was the first American to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Mel Gibson was also nominated for directing this film. The other four films that were nominated are Hell or High Water, nominated for three Golden Globes; Lion, nominated for four Golden Globes; Manchester by the Sea, nominated for five Golden Globes; and Moonlight, nominated for six Golden Globes.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story review
As a Star Wars fan, I had mixed feelings when I first heard about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I thought it would be weird to have a Star Wars movie that isn’t really an episode of the Star Wars saga. However, after the first trailer came out, and more and more hype started to build around this movie, I started to get more and more excited to see the newest Star Wars movie, even if it doesn’t have Luke Skywalker or Han Solo in it.
Even after walking into the theater with high expectations, I still thought the movie was fantastic, and it is now one of my favorite Star Wars movies. Rogue One was really good even though it is different from any other Star Wars movie. First off, the movie did not begin with the famous opening crawl that is used in every other Star Wars movie to date. Rogue One also has more space battle scenes than the other Star Wars movies with some great action. Rogue One probably takes a different direction that any other Star Wars movie because it is not technically an episode in the Star Wars saga, so the film makers wanted to make it feel like a different kind of movie.
For many people in the twenty-first century, life revolves around their smartphone and electronic devices. Think about it for a moment; your phone says a lot about you. This is probably why most of us spend so much time picking out the perfect case, choosing the ideal screen and background, downloading the apps that interest us, and customizing our playlist to our own music taste. One look into your phone and so much about your personal life is unveiled; this may be one reason why we don’t like other people looking through our phone. The link between your personality and your phone was one factor that led scientists to look into the correlation type of phone you have (Android or Apple) and your personality traits in a general sense.
"In this study, we demonstrate for the first time that an individual's choice of smartphone operating system can provide useful clues when it comes to predicting their personality and other individual characteristics," said Dr. David Ellis from Lancaster University. One study, conducted by the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology and Lancaster University, gave users a questionnaire on their attitude toward their smartphone. The experiment occurred in two steps: first, five hundred smartphone users were given a questionnaire regarding their own personality and the attitude they had towards their smartphone; second, the researchers tested these presumptions.
● Before you begin traveling, make sure the car you’re traveling in is in good condition. This is important especially if you are traveling up north, where states are getting their fair share of rain and snow. Be flexible when planning your trip. If you can, plan to leave in the earlier hours of the morning, or plan to leave according to peak traffic hours. Traffic can increase the time of the trip, and depending on the trip, can make you late.
● Always stay alert when driving. You should take a break at least every two hours to stretch, get gas, use the restroom, etc. Forty-one percent of all fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle accidents, and are usually due to fatigue, are late at night, or early hours of the morning. If need be, stop at a hotel or motel overnight to catch up on sleep.
● Snow and ice can be a big issue, especially if you are traveling up north this year. Be sure to check the weather surrounding your travel route, and if weather calls for snow in the area, delay your trip. Just like rain, snow when it is just falling can be just as dangerous. Travel during the day when it is warmest. Be careful of ice, which is dangerous at any time of the day. It can be seen at some times during the day, which makes it look clear. Generally, what you should do is do as little as possible. Try to keep the steering wheel straight, and avoid touching the brakes; stopping can cause your car to skid or spin out. Instead, ease off the gas pedal.
● Traveling for the holidays and seeing your family is a great thing to do, and we want you to be safe while doing so. Be sure to drive according to the speed limit, don’t drink and drive, and have fun this season!
What makes up a Mall Santa?
This is a question that most people do not usually ask themselves. Everyone remembers that when they were young, they used to pay to sit on Santa’s lap at the mall and tell him what you want for Christmas, but does anyone know how Santa makes it to the mall? There is actually a college class for these Santas that is taken very seriously, where they learn how to make their beards pearly white and make sure they have their red coat ready to go. When asked what their perception of the ideal Santa was, people named similar answers. They told they liked jolly, big, rosy cheeks, and white hair with an overall grandfather type of personality. At malls they try to imitate the perfect Santa, but everyone is not the same, so that’s why they have the class to make sure everyone’s experience is pleasurable.
The Giraffe “Silent Extinction”
The tallest animal on land has recently been noticed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in June of this year and has moved up the Red List crisis ladder from “least concern” to “vulnerable”. In 1985, the giraffe population varied around 151,700 to 163,400, but in the 2015 count, biologists discovered that the number has dramatically dropped to 97,562.
The decline in giraffe population cannot be real because giraffes live all over Africa right? Wrong. It seems like there are plenty of giraffes in the world, but that is because we are familiar with them and see them when we go to the zoo. Along with the African elephant, the giraffe would not have this extreme population decline without the help of its neighbors, the humans. The giraffe’s natural homes are in the countries below the Sahara Desert, from Niger to Zimbabwe and Botswana. In the past twenty years, the human population in these countries has increased tremendously and is predicted to grow even more in the future. Niger, for example, is expected to almost double in population in the next fifteen years and has the number one fertility rate in the world, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Now what does a human population increase really entail? With humans comes multiple problems, “(1) habitat loss (through deforestation, land use conversion, expansion of agricultural activities and human population growth) (2) civil unrest (ethnic violence, rebel militias, paramilitary and military operations), (3) illegal hunting (poaching), and (4) ecological changes (mining activity, habitat conversion to agriculture, climate-induced processes).” According to the IUCN, these are the four reasons why the giraffe population has declined with habitat loss being the number one reason for the dramatic population loss; therefore, the more our population increase the giraffe population decreases because of our overuse of resources that we should be sharing with the “locals” around us.
When you see someone in a movie implant a tracking chip into someone else, you most likely ask yourself, what is wrong with them? These may be your thoughts but not the thoughts of Japan. Iruma, near Tokyo, has used the idea of microchipping someone to help track the elderly of the town.
Iruma is using QR code stickers to help with the large amount of elderly with dementia. In this town, about three-thousand of the 39,500 people are living with dementia and sometimes wander away from their families without knowing how to return. The QR code is on a small sticker that goes on one’s fingernail and gives each wearer a registration number. The registration number is connected to the their hometown and the hometown’s city hall telephone number.
With Christmas comes a profusion of decisions to make like deciding what to get your family for Christmas or deciding if you want ham or turkey for your Christmas dinner. However, there is one decision that can weigh on people more than anything else: which tacky Christmas sweater should I wear? Tacky Christmas sweaters are a staple for the holidays. What is gift shopping or gingerbread house decorating if you don’t have a cheesy holiday sweater to do it all in? Picking one out for yourself can be difficult given the plethora of options the world has to offer. Lucky for you, here is a guide on how to pick out the perfect Christmas sweater for yourself.