History/Social Studies

From Negatives to Digital: Preserving the History of Film

By David Fox|2019-03-19T11:18:08-04:00March 24th, 2016|

Remember the analog days before social media and the digital world took over? When the internet had yet to be born, photos were kept in an album in the closet and movies were made with unstable film that could either catch fire at any moment or slowly deteriorate into a useless vinegary mess? Unsurprisingly, when you take these two possibilities, and then add that many studios [...]

Experience the Prehistoric World through the Chauvet Cave

By Chelsea Wilson|2018-10-26T14:14:36-04:00January 21st, 2016|

Sometime over 30 thousand years ago, prehistoric humans found their way to a limestone cave in the Ardèche region of southern France. Here they drew more than one thousand images in what is believed to be the oldest cave art in the world. Around 20 thousand years ago, a rockfall covered the entrance and the cave remained undisturbed until December of 1994, when Eliette Brunel [...]

Dino Debate: Apatosaurus or Brontosaurus?

By Eileen Neary|2018-11-02T10:57:29-04:00October 1st, 2015|

As a kid, one of the scariest movies I ever saw was Jurassic Park. I remember lying awake in bed at night, listening to the sound of a giant T. rex stomping down trees in my backyard. Sure, it was just the sound of the new dishwasher, but I didn’t know that until I confessed to my parents what I’d heard. Before Jurassic Park, all I knew [...]

Accomplished All Her Life: Story Written by 10-Year-Old Queen Victoria Gets Published

By Tanya Seamans|2018-11-02T12:02:58-04:00September 10th, 2015|

On June 8, 2015, a children’s book, The Adventures of Alice Laselles, was published; its original manuscript is credited to “Alexandrina Victoria, aged 10 and ¾.” The dedication in the book reads: To my dear Mamma. This, my first attempt at composition, is affectionately and dutifully inscribed by her affectionate daughter, Victoria. As impressive as this vocabulary is for such a young girl, it [...]

Solving the Puzzle of the Antikythera Mechanism

By Maria Dipasquale|2018-11-02T13:54:31-04:00April 28th, 2015|

Did you know a device considered by scholars to be the world’s oldest analog computer was created over 2,000 years ago? The device is officially named the Antikythera (ante-kith-er-uh) Mechanism. It was retrieved from an ancient shipwreck discovered in 1901 off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. The ship is believed to be a merchant vessel that met its end around 60 [...]

Print Me Up, Scotty!

By Caitlin Wilson|2018-11-08T14:00:49-05:00September 18th, 2014|

When my siblings and I were younger, we had a huge tub of Legos we’d amassed from birthdays and holidays. We would spread out all the Legos across my brothers’ room, sifting through them for exactly the pieces we needed for our creations—the wheels and chassis were always hotly contested, because even a combination airplane/restaurant/castle could be made infinitely cooler if it could also roll [...]

Those Are Some Funky Chickens: Feathered Dinosaurs Rule the Roost

By Caitlin Wilson|2018-11-08T13:43:39-05:00August 26th, 2014|

In July, some very old guests visited New Jersey: dinosaurs! If I had the time for the four-plus hour drive from Boston, I would have definitely gone to the Walking With Dinosaurs show. When I was little, my mom painted my whole room into a dinosaur mural. I had a Stegosaurus on one wall, an Apatosaurus (a.k.a. Brontosaurus) on another and even a Velociraptor tucked under the window. It was amazing. There was, [...]

College Students Push for Congressional Reform

By Jordan Koluch|2018-10-12T14:25:41-04:00July 20th, 2011|

The American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC) seeks to enhance student leadership by helping student governments at member schools address issues that affect students. Founded in 1984 by nine community colleges in the Great Lakes area, ASACC has been steadily growing and making a tangible impact on education legislation. On its website, ASACC credits itself with the passing of Section 127 of [...]

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