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Increasing Diversity in Wilmette Real Estate

Today in class we discussed the debate over the addition of affordable living in Wilmette, IL. As a resident of Wilmette, I took it upon mys...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Life on Mars?



Have you ever wondered about Martians? Well recent studies may lead to the belief of Alien fantasies. Mars is a neighboring planet to earth that scientists have found fascinating for years. At half the size of earth, Mars weighs 1/10 as much and contains only 15% of the volume.

In the past, scientists have viewed Mars as a dry and arid planet. Recently the views on this fascinating planet have changed. In 2008, scientists confirmed existence of frozen water on Mars. Methane has also been discovered on Mars’ surface. On Monday. scientists reported flowing rivulets of water on Mars. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has yielded the strongest evidence of water in the liquid form trickling down slopes on Mars. The camera captured significant amounts of water. The rivulets discovered are about 12-15 feet wide and 300 ft long. The rivulets apparently consist of wet soil. Scientists are not sure of the source of the water. It is said that it could be melting ice, an underground aquifer, water vapor from the atmosphere, or a combination of all these. Three billion years ago, Mars had a huge ocean, the absence of the water remains a mystery.

Water allows for life forms. Does this mean that their are living things on Mars? The water found in the rivulets is believed to contain salts - not normal table salt, but sodium perchlorate, magnesium perchlorate, and magnesium chlorate. These salts are key factors in the existence of water. The salts believed to be in the water are similar to the salts that are poured on roads to melt ice.Mars has extreme temperatures reaching up to negative eighty-five degrees fahrenheit and without these salts the water would remain frozen. The water has led scientists to explore the possible of microscopic life forms on Mars, as well as a possible human visit. NASA’s Mars exploration program is aiming to send to send a U.S. lander to Mars to collect rocks and soil for analysis. NASA has a goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030’s, is this goal achievable? We will find out.

To find out more about the Red Planet go to : http://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/facts/#infographic

Sunday, September 20, 2015

What are you eating?

Most people don’t think about the food they are eating and its harm when they stop by one of their favorite restaurants. Recent studies have shown that the food served at fast food chains is ultimately leading to a problem surrounding antibiotic resistance in people. Meat suppliers for fast food restaurants have been misusing antibiotics for their animals. They have been using antibiotics as a preventative measure, when in reality antibiotics are not needed until a bacteria is actually present. When antibiotics are given when not necessary, bacteria develops a resistance and this resistance is then transmitted to humans through the food they eat. This overuse of antibiotics is leading to many problems in the medical industry.

A recent study was conducted on the 25 most popular food chains in the United States and the results are astonishing. Some of the most popular fast food chains have been receiving F’s in antibiotic testing recently. Those that received F’s  include, Starbucks, Subway, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, Denny’s, and Domino’s. Panera and Chipotle are the only two fast food chains that received A’s on this exam, and have publicly announce that they do not routinely use antibiotics in the meat they serve. Antibiotics should be used responsibly to make food safer, but in recent times restaurants have been abusing their effects.

As a result of this report, officials are worried that restaurants may replace their use of antibiotics with hormones in order to phase out antibiotics. Is it better to have hormones or antibiotics in your meat? Both have negative impacts on both the animals, and human health. Health officials advise that you are aware of the food you are eating and the possible harmful effects it may have on your body.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Revenge vs. Justice



In Louise Erdrich's, The Round House, it is hard to determine whether Joe strives for justice or simply revenge. In the novel, after Linden Lark attacked Joe's mother, Joe immediately has the thought to murder him. Did the murder help the family gain justice or did it help them to get revenge? Justice is defined as, the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals. By this definition, Joe does not achieve justice. When murdering Lark, he does not use the law system to punish him fairly. Revenge is defined as, the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you. The definition of revenge directly correlates to Joe's action in the book. He decides to murder Lark because of the negative effect Lark has had on Joe and his family. Joe puts Lark through pain in revenge for all of the hurt that Lark caused.

By definition Joe may not have received justice, but in his mind I believe he thought he did. Although committing the murder was against the law, and an unconventional way of solving a problem, Joe did it out of love. His actions put his family at ease, and helped with the tremendous pain that Lark had caused. A reader, like myself, should look at Joes actions consequentially. It may not be the right thing to do, but Joe had no other options. The justice system was continuously failing him and he had no other option, "If they could prosecute Linden Lark, I would not have to lie about the ammunition or practice to do what someone has to do" (Erdrich 261). In Joe's opinion something had to be done to prosecute Linden Lark. He could not have just sat around watching Lark roam free after the horrible crime he committed and the pain he cause.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


For Labor Day weekend my family got the fun idea to go to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the Cornhuskers vs. BYU Cougars game. This game turned out to be a major disappointment. Nebraska lost in the last second, literally. With one second left on the clock, BYU scored a touchdown to steal the game. Nothing was going well for the Cornhuskers, tight end Trey Foster said, "We were our biggest enemy." This does not seem accurate as they were actually trying to defeat the Cougars. Saying you are your own enemy contradicts the objective of playing against another team. Fans are evidently disappointed with the lost but the team is definetely not taking the loss easy. The blame is being put on several factors such as the weather or the new coach, when in reality the fault is in the lack of defense.