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What Is Dark Matter and Does It Exist?

What Is Dark Matter and Does It Exist?

June Jung, Reporter

May 3, 2019


Filed under Community & World News, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Just For Fun, Opinion, People, Technology

The Big Idea Dark Matter is an idea that humans came up with to fill the empty void of space with at least - something, but the big question is what is it? No-one on planet Earth knows what dark matter is, but lots of scientists intend to find out. Dark matter has recently been accused of being a liquid...

The Truth Behind Mindfulness

Jessie Van Den Berg, Reporter

May 1, 2019


Filed under Environment, People, Wellness

Mindfulness, a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Mindfulness is something that everyone can improve and work on. I myself have started to di...

We Are Wasteful

Evlabia Konstantinou, Reporter

May 1, 2019


Filed under Environment, People, Wellness

Intro We as a society produce so much trash. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texans disposed of about 6.83 pounds of trash per person per day of waste in 2016, sending approximately 34.73 million tons of waste to a landfill. At current rates, Texas landfill capacity will be ...

Why Isn’t ASL Allowed in the IB Program?

Why Isn’t ASL Allowed in the IB Program?

Claire Lawrence, Reporter

April 22, 2019


Filed under Campus News, Community News, Environment, Opinion, People, Showcase

As you may know, if you're an eighth grader going to Westwood this year, ASL, (American Sign Language) is offered as a foreign language class. For many, the implied quiet atmosphere and the usefulness of the ‘language’. To learn ASL, it is just about hard as any other language, although you don't...

The Big Gap – Between the People and the Industry

The Big Gap – Between the People and the Industry

June Jung, Reporter

April 1, 2019


Filed under Environment, Events

An Intro to the Industry People run this world, and the world is built on the back of the economy. If the economy falls, the world falls - into devastation. The economy is run on businesses, sold goods, services, and trade. People buying and selling their products, exchanging money, and swiping credit c...

A Source Of Energy: Wind Turbines

A Source Of Energy: Wind Turbines

Hannah McDonough, Reporter

March 28, 2019


Filed under Community & World News, Environment, Showcase, Wellness

You may have seen wind farms in the plains of West Texas or in the valleys of California. Wind turbines are getting more and more common as an energy source, and we have been seeing more and more of them. What Is A Wind Turbine? According to acciona, wind turbines convert the kinetic energy from the wind into electricity. When the blades ...

Making A Difference In Austin During Spring Break

Making A Difference In Austin During Spring Break

Hannah McDonough, Reporter

March 13, 2019


Filed under Community News, Environment, Events, People, Showcase

Spring break... A time for peace, relaxation, and travel. But have you ever thought about volunteering over Spring Break? A lot of people just sit around and do nothing. Instead, here are some ways to serve your community. Urban Roots This coming Saturday, you can experience farm life with Urban Ro...

Five Ways We Can Help our Planet

Five Ways We Can Help our Planet

Jessie Van Den Berg, Reporter

February 26, 2019


Filed under Environment

As a community, we see that our planet has been getting torn up bit by bit. There have been environmental issues all over the world. Some of these issues are out of our control to fix. But others are not, what are some ways we can help make our planet better and healthier? Preserve water Conserving water is taking ...

Don’t Let Go or Else

Don’t Let Go or Else

Janani Sivakumar, Reporter

February 22, 2019


Filed under Environment, People, Travel, World News

There is simply no room for any errors. If he slips, he falls. If he falls, he dies. Alex Honnold is possibly one of the greatest rock climbers in the world. In 2017, Alex became the first person in the world to climb El Capitan in Yosemite, without any ropes, partners or supervision--a skill known...

Why Plastic is Bad

Why Plastic is Bad

Raghuram Paturi, Reporter

February 20, 2019


Filed under Environment

Plastic is getting in our ocean more and more and that is a fact that we noticed. A lot the scientists say that the ocean can't hold it anymore. Today's question: Why should we not use plastic and is it a big problem today in this world? Why plastic is bad? So you may ask why we should not use ...