Planting the Seeds for STEM at Pacific Science Center

The 10th annual Life Sciences Research Weekend was held at the Pacific Science Center last Friday, transforming the museum into an educational playground where children—and their parents—could witness the wonders of science. NICK TURNER • THE SPECTATOR He’s the hero the Pacific Science Center deserves, but not the one it needs right now. The three-day-long […]

Apple’s Secret Sauce and the Value of Privacy

It’s 2016 and privacy is a pipedream. Personal lives are plastered over social media. Street corners are plagued with cameras. Confidential information is no longer padlocked in the dusty file cabinet in the basement. Instead, we carry the weight of that file cabinet in a condensed, rectangular form—our phones are our diaries, scrapbooks and banks. […]

Gravitational Fields MAking Waves on Earth and Physics

Each year, astronomers gaze up at the sky and uncover new things about our universe—and occasionally they find something big, like last week’s groundbreaking recording of gravitational waves. Most of the findings don’t always have a huge impact back here on Earth. Some—like the recent sighting of a supermassive black hole that is 21 billion […]

Jesuit Education Embraces Natural Science

As members of a Jesuit institution, the students and faculty of Seattle University have a unique opportunity to explore the interface between faith and reason. Fr. Tom Lucas, S.J. will add his voice to the conversation next month with his lecture, “The Evolving Ecosystem of Jesuit Education,” which will be held on Feb. 2 from […]

Are We Alone in the Cosmos?

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and Jesuit priest, once said, “If we don’t enter the future together, we won’t enter it at all.” Franciscan sister and doctor of Pharmacology Ilia Delio has one piece of advice for us to achieve this goal: Slow down. On Oct.15 Delio will host a forum discussing Pope […]

Editorial: Shut up About Pluto

The collective whining about Pluto’s demotion back in 2006 seemed to have finally, blessedly, died down. I was finally able to walk through the world hearing nary a “when I was your age, Pluto was a planet” joke. As it should be. Then the International Astronomical Union had to go and ruin it all with […]

Oh My Science: Doctor Robot

Let’s face it: human labor is becoming obsolete. Compared to a slow, inefficient, expensive humans, the fast, effective, highly accurate and definitely cost-effective robots are beginning to take over the marketplace at an increasingly rapid pace. Fast food restaurants are already beginning to try out automated workers to take orders, and everyone from pharmacists to […]

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