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CMS 2016-2017 School year Changes

By: Destiny Rodriguez, Dacoda Dura, Ariana Bachman

Have you noticed the new changes that Caloosa has now? Our principal, Dr. Ann Cole (principal for nine years going on ten) has introduced a new and convenient lunch schedule. This new lunch schedule has assured that we have a more organized and quieter cafeteria. “So, it helps the teachers know exactly where all their students are every time they come in."
     They drop them off, they pick them up” Dr. Cole says to us during the interview. The new schedule has been modified so that classes go to lunch within two minutes of each other.  This affects students because now there isn’t as long of lines. “Also the kids were saying that they like it much better because they don’t have to wait in long lines like everybody did last year” says Dr. Cole. We agree with this statement because we are 7th graders and we have experienced the very long lines and we think that the new lunch schedule is much better.
      Another change that has been made is that we now have a new assistant principal. His name is Mr. Brian Pollitt, and he has been an assistant principal for six years going on seven. He previously was an assistant principal at James Stephens International Academy, which was a k-8 school but they have now taken the middle school out of James Stephens. The district was given the opportunity to move Mr. Pollitt, because of our previous assistant principal retiring. So far, Mr. Pollitt has been impressed with the overall respectful and good group of students.”It's a good group of students, and for the most part they are respectful, they get to class on time, not a whole lot of discipline issues yet. Hopefully it stays that way” says Mr. Pollitt.
             If you didn't already know, our media specialist ,Ms. Martinez, has built the epic lego wall. She got the idea while searching online for spectacular ideas to add to the CMS media center. She saw one media specialist that had built a huge Lego wall on a bulletin board. She thought that this was a great idea and decided to try it herself. Unfortunately, Legos cost lots of money so it would be a great idea to do a Lego drive (So if anyone has some Legos that they don't play with anymore...surprise her and donate them!)
This new school year is already looking like it's going to be great! Ask anyone and they'll tell you the same. Especially Dr. Cole who already has some great ideas for the this year! Our school will be even better with all the new improvements that have been added to CMS. From our new assistant principal to the epic lego wall, this year will be phenomenal! 

Kevin Warwick - Captain Cyborg!


   Warwick and his colleagues used Project Cyborg 1 & 2 for extensive research, and they said that this research could result in new medical tools for treating damage to the nervous system, as well as helping with advancements that Warwick has planned for robotic implants. Scientists have suggested that some day, their research could even be used to develop technology-based telepathy.

   Kevin Warwick’s experiments on himself could be considered insane by some, but to most of his fans, he is a hero of science. His ideas could open the door to new implantable technology, where disabled patients could be treated and healed, and technology could be made to revolve around us. Cyborg technology was kicked into gear because of Warwick, and his research could save thousands of lives and change the world of technology as we know it.


   Cyborgs. Something only heard of in science fiction, human/robot hybrids with shiny metal parts, glowing lights and all-around awesome. Although...not all cyborgs have to be in movies and novels. Today, many people have implanted robotics into their bodies to make themselves into real, living cyborgs. In this world of biotechnology and DIY cyborgs, one man stands out from the rest, as the very first real cyborg.

   Enter Kevin Warwick. At the age of 44, while he was visiting the University of Reading in the U.K, started a project called Project Cyborg, h decided to test human/technology signal interactions by surgically implanting an RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip inside his shoulder. This had never been done before, and many people were skeptical about his mindset, but Warwick went through with the operation, implanting the chip successfully. He wanted to see if the technology in his office could interact with the sensory chip, turning on lights and opening locked doors without any physical action from him, and it worked! Doors would open when he came towards them, and computers would greet them when he walked by. And thus, with a simple idea, he became the world’s first cyborg. Warwick has both critics and fans, some people calling him “unscientific” and “just for entertainment”, while his fans support him calling his experiments “awesome” and “profound”. Either way, what Warwick did was a huge leap, and showed the people that cyborgs could come into play in the future.

   But this wasn’t enough for him. In 2002, he got the idea to start Project Cyborg 2. Using a much more complicated and risky procedure, he implanted an array of 100 electrodes into his arm, named BrainGate, allowing him to control a robotic hand! He was able to control the autonomous gauntlet, that was all the way in the U.K, from New York, through the internet connection. Even later, he implanted microchips into him and his wife’s nervous systems, so that they could be connected through a computer and feel whatever the other felt. He wanted to use trackers to protect abduction, and even used sensors on a hat to give him more sensory input.




The Robotic Pill
 by: Lance Ladia


The pill is technologically advanced, however as a consequence it is very sophisticated and hard to understand how it works.

The pill is supposed to replace injections to the small intestine. Obviously, unlike injections, the pill is swallowed and the pill travels down into your body until it reaches your small intestine. The unique pH level (for those unfamiliar with pH level, pH means the acidity or alkalinity of a substance the) of the small intestine eats the outer layer of the pill and dissolves a tiny valve within the pill, and separates compartments filled with citric acid and sodium bicarbonate.

The two chemicals mix to produce carbon dioxide (co2) that inflates a balloon with tiny drug filled needles made of sugar into the small intestine wall. After that, the needles detach from the pill, and the outer wall slowly dissolves and “meets” nearby blood vessels.

Rather the pill being developed by one pharma, two pharmas are collaborating together to make this pill. Those two companies are Novartis, and Rani Therapeutics. As previously mentioned, these companies are somewhat known for making advancements in the technology/medicine field. High hopes are made for the pill, as the FDA released a PillCam that is a pill like camera to help track colon polyps. However, a pill this advanced might cost a little money, with an estimate of 3-4 million dollars for mass development. Testing for the pil as confirmed by Mir Imran, the man who made the prototype pill, to be as long as 18-24 months.

Although many of us don’t visualize technology merging with something like medicine, but is very much a reality. I believe that the Rani Capsule can help set a foundation for other groundbreaking medicines in the future. I believe that the Rani Capsule will be able to change the world in many ways, despite the numerous problems ahead for its future.


When we think of technology we usually think of our typical iPhones, computers, and any other electronic device we use. However, most of us don’t recognize that technology is split into many branches that can change the way we live. Many people do not visualize how technology can merge with hundreds of other subjects. Perhaps a great way of imagining how technology can do this is by looking at something called the Rani Capsule. The Rani Capsule is a pill mainly used to treat diabetes, but can be used to treat other chronic diseases.
 
As I said before, technology can be used to make life saving, world changing inventions every once in awhile. The Rani Capsule is a perfect example of this in my opinion. You might ask ‘how can that change the world?’. Well first off, the technology integrated within the Rani Capsule would’ve been only a dream years ago. The company that is working with Rani Therapeutics, Novartis has been known to integrate technology and medicine. Novartis had a collaboration with Google to make contact lenses that help diabetics track glucose levels in their blood. Not only does it change the way we live in now, but the pill can set a foundation for other technological advances in the field of medicine. It is possible that we can see medicines that combat other diseases in the near future.

Mir Imran, the man who made the first prototype of the pill.

Drones



  The National Drone Races just recently took place in New York.  According to Laura Geggel, the races are tournaments that slowly eliminate people until there are only three people left from 100. The remaining three went to New York and competed for the Liberty Cup. Geggel also states that the players use first person view goggles. These goggles allow the players to see exactly what the drone is seeing at all times. The drones they used for flying are very limited to battery life. They only have about two minutes of flight time until the drone starts to fall out of the sky due to lack of battery power. But, just because the drones have little battery life doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful. Andy Shen, a person mentioned in the article as a drone building company owner, states that some of the drones can go up to 100 miles per hour! But, the racers cannot go that fast during competition because turns are difficult at that speed. Therefore, they only travel at around 55 miles per hour. It would be interesting to see how fast they really fly close up. Hopefully, in the future they would be able to make gear that can fly fast and be easy to turn with.
    To conclude, drones are great tools for everything and took some time to make perfect. I think that drones be even more better than than any other remote controlled tools because they can be used for many things. Possibly in the future drones could be able to carry humans like airplanes can today. Well, I would be interested in riding a quadcopter. Wouldn't you be, too?

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    What do you think about drones? Are they only used for entertainment or are they quite useful? The truth is, they can be used for many other things instead of just flying it around for entertainment. Drones can be used for many things and has had a long interesting history. Many articles across the web all prove that there is a the interesting history of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and what amazing things they are doing for today’s people.
     Drones have had a long history. Quadcopter Arena shows the history of the drones and how the electronic was like a trial and error. The first UAVs were balloons with bombs rigged inside them. They were used in the military and would often get blown off course by the wind. Eventually, Elmer Sperry would developed an early type of the aerial torpedo in World War 1. Later on, the military started to play around with remote controlled drones. They made many models of the aerial torpedo. In 1920, Omnichen finally made a quadcopter type vehicle. What led to Omnichen developing this was because helicopter experienced a lot of difficulties with torque, a force that causes something to twist and rotate. The development Omnichen made proved successful after many good flights.
    Many jobs in the US currently use drones to do many jobs. Anne Holub explains how filming movies with drones has started to become a common things. Movies such as Jurassic World and Captain America: Civil War were filmed with drones. Drones help people reach good view points to make their movie look more appealing. CBS also talked about when the CEO of Amazon uncovered the Amazon Prime Air to a reporter. The reporter was astounded by what he saw. The Amazon Prime Air was a              octocopter that could deliver a package to your doorstep in 30 minutes, depending where you live. The Amazon Prime Air knows exactly where it's going and can avoid obstacles in the air. Another place that require drone is the military. Anne Holub also mentions how the military uses UAVs for surveillance and for jobs that are too dangerous for normal humans to do.