Austyn W.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is a way to “enter” a video game you put on a helmet and the character you play as reacts to your movements. I put enter in quotes because it’s supposed to be realistic enough to make you think you’re actually in the game.

There’s already been one released for testing, the Oculus Rift. The Oculus rift requires a computer running Microsoft windows. There have been games released for it already like Minecraft, and Elite: Dangerous. It’s in beta at the moment and said to be released early 2016. I’m pumped to see the videos of it when it’s released because the Oculus team, started by Palmer Luckey, already made pretty good progress  in 3 years. There will be bugs with it when it’s released which could potentially mean silliness ensues.

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Austyn W.

Driverless Cars

We’ve finally got it Driverless cars for all you people who text while driving. These cars are programmed which makes accidents less likely to happen because computers can calculate and react faster than humans.

Most people would worry about the car getting hacked which is fine but the big question about it is “Should a driverless car save the passenger(s) or the pedestrian”. This has been debated by countless people but most agree that driverless cars should save the pedestrian. And what if a pedestrian steps out intentionally to make a car swerve and kill the passenger(s)?. As you can see there are a lot of questions surrounding this and in time they will be answered.

The driverless cars are said to be released in 2025 or 2030ish which is what I’m thinking because of the progress that’s been made but who knows.

 

 

http://qz.com/536738/should-driverless-cars-kill-their-own-passengers-to-save-a-pedestrian/

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Bradley K

The World is on Alert & Low Gas Prices for the Travelers this Holiday Week

Thanksgiving USA  The U.S. State Department announced a warning before most American’s and other people from around the world travel for the holidays. This week is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and one of the busiest weeks to travel out of the year. The amount of American’s taking a trip this week is accepted to be 46.9 million people according to AAA (Shapiro). With the gas prices so low AAA is predicting that more folks will travel by automobile to their holiday destinations, also the amount of traveling by automobile has been on the rise for Thanksgiving week again this year. One reason is the gas prices are lower and people maybe scared to travel by airplane. AAA also reported that airfare rates are going to drop this week. If you’re traveling by plane or automobile this week be careful and make it to  your destination safely. We all should be thankful for the low gas prices and the fact that we have a great country to live in. The gas prices haven’t been this low since 2008 (Shapiro).

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CNN has reported an alert from the U.S. State Department warning travelers going to other countries to be aware of your surroundings, not to be in large crowds, minimize travel on public transportation, and to be careful everywhere you go. The terrorist groups ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boka Haram have threatened more attacks on the U.S. and Western Europe countries. The terrorist groups have been planning different attacks on public and private interests around the world. With ISIS and other terrorist groups going back to Syria from Iraq this week, the world is on alert for suspicious activities. They are also warning that individuals could carry out their own attacks or they could be in groups. If you’re planning on traveling this week be sure to be alert and try to minimize being in public areas where a lot of people would be. The terrorist groups are attacking places with large numbers of people or very busy places (Bradner).Terrorists

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Be Safe…

 

Works Cited

Bradner, Eric. State Department issues worldwide travel alert. 23 11 2015. Web. 23 11 2015.

Samuel, Martin. New Qatar controversy as World Cup hosts are linked to terrorism. 18 03 2014. Web. 23 11 2015.

Shapiro, Amanda. Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving Travel Forecast’. 23 11 2015. Web. 23 11 2015.

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Hannah S

Why the minimum age to run a marathon should be 18

In recent years as sports science and training methods advance at a rapid rate, so does the athletic prowess of our younger athletes. More and more adolescent athletes are getting stronger, faster, aiming higher, and are even more competitive than the generations before them. Running a marathon is the ultimate dream of every passionate cross-country runner. Finishing a marathon sets you apart from other runners, and makes you feel like you are divine being looking down at everyone else with that medal around your neck. With the combination of a higher level of performance from the younger athletes, and the dream of running a marathon, one has to ask themselves what is the appropriate age to run a marathon?

The minimum entry age to run a marathon fluctuates from race to race. That age can range from 18 like the Rock n’ Roll marathon series, to the Marine Corps Marathon who’s age requirement is 14. Most doctors will agree that because the body is still growing and changing during mid adolescents that putting your body through the trauma of running a marathon before age 18 is not a wise decision. Doing so will most likely result in injury, and in some cases even death due to the physical stress of attempting to run such a distance. So to all my fellow runner’s out there, you can keep logging those long miles in preparation, but just hang in there till 18 to run a marathon. You have a long life of running ahead of you, but only if you treat your body right along the way.

Works Cited:

“How Young Is Too Young to Run a Marathon?” ACTIVEkids. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

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Hannah S

High school football deaths rising, what can we do to make the game safer?

In recent years there has been a sharp rise of deaths related to high school football. With 12 football related deaths in 2015 alone, and the number of life altering injuries going through the roof, some schools had to forfeit the season entirely because there weren’t enough uninjured players to play. How can we make the game safer so that this American tradition won’t lose it’s numbers to parents pulling there sons from participating in football out of fear for their safety? Are there steps we can take to improve the quality of the game all together?

With almost 1.5 million kids participating in high school football each year there is a lot of room for poor coaching, poor officiating, and poor training. Poor officiating can result in games getting out of hand in terms of physicality, and it lets kids get away with cheap shots and collisions clearly banned in the rules of the game which can be fatal. The poor training and coaching can lead to a much higher potential and risk of injury on the field and in the gym. I feel that if we can get these aspects of the game up to speed and on the same playing field so to speak than we will have a much safer just as competitive, physical, and epic game we know and love.

Works Cited:

Sports, Erik Brady. “Why Are High School Football Players Dying?” USA Today. Gannett, 30 Nov. 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

“With 8 Deaths This Season, Future of High School Football Is at ‘critical Juncture'” Indystar. USA TODAY High School Sports, 5 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

 

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Hannah S

Is it safe for young athletes to use Creatine? What are the risks?

There has been a recent uptake of young athletes using supplements to enhance their performance in their sport. One of the most controversial of these supplements is Creatine. Creatine is a naturally occurring compound in the human body associated with muscle growth and enhancement. Many bodybuilders and athletes involved in powerlifting, football and wrestling in particular supplement Creatine to get bigger and stronger even faster than they would naturally. It is not considered a steroid, but it is still banned in many sports organizations due to being an artificial enhancement compound. However, Creatine has been cleared for adult use only. Here begins the danger.

In adolescents, Creatine usage especially without administration by a health professional, can cause a significant drop in blood glucose levels, elevated blood pressure, abnormal heart rate, and impaired liver function. Even behavioral changes such as aggression, anorexia, and depression have been observed. The likeliness of these side affects happening once your body has reached the adult stage drops significantly, which is why most doctors will say wait until you are of 18 years old. Even then, don’t just buy Creatine online, go to a health professional. You always want to know exactly what you are putting into your body.

Works Cited:

“Creatine.” Creatine Safety. Mayo Clinic, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2015

 

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Hannah S

Why we need to stop requiring the bare minimum academically for athletes

This has been going on for decades. When colleges see a young athlete with promise, they also see a fat stack of cash. Money on their minds they only require the bare minimum academically for those athletes. Practically carrying them through school, the only thing that matters is how much money they can make off this kid’s talents even though they are technically robbing him of a higher education which they will need later in life.

This is wrong on so many levels because although there is a ton of spectacular talented young athletes out there, very few will make it to the pros and be able to make a living off of their athletic talents. So therefore by the colleges allowing their athletes to slack on there studies, it is really only a beneficial arrangement for the school, and the school alone.

What we need is for the other colleges in America to follow in the foot steps of our military academies. They set the example of valuing brains just as much as brawn. The military academies have been requiring it before football was even born. They have the rare combination of the sharpest minds, and requiring absolute excellence from their athletes because after college they go right into the U.S. armed forces. I hope we can start emphasizing to the younger generation that you will need more than just physical attributes to get you through this life.

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