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This website will include interesting stories, and
events happening in the school. 

Gruselkabinett
ARIANA BACHMAN

Out of all the creeps and scares that america has, you’d never think that there could be anything more scarier than what we have here. Think again. There are tons of abandoned places around the world that just creep us out. Like the abandoned sunken Yacht in Antarctica. Or the abandoned I.M Cooling Tower in Belgium. Now these are all great but what about a place that adds fun, history, creepy things, a haunted house, and gore all into one bunker? If you are saying “Yes, yes… tell me more.” Than you’re in luck! Because I know just the place.

The word “gruselkabinett” is a german word meaning “scary cabinet”. I guess you could call this place a “scary cabinet” even though it is not quite a cabinet. Gruselkabinett is an old World War ll bunker in Berlin, Germany. This building was built in 1943 and was originally meant to connect an underground supply rail. Unfortunately, the bunker did not get much action because the war ended soon after it was finished. It was then converted into a historic but spooky museum type place. On the 1st floor of the building, it looks like a regular museum. There are photographs, and other ephemera from the World War ll era. This floor slightly gives visitors the feeling of what it would be like in the bunker life. The second floor begins to get more gruesome. It is a exhibition containing medicine and torture throughout the ages. There are statues displaying cannibalism, amputation, and blood transfers from animal to human. By the time you get to the third floor, you have your traditional haunted house including dark lights and jump scares (people jumping out from behind things and scaring the bejesus out of you for no important nor good reason).

After visiting the crazy place, it would be recommended to get your children months of therapy if needed. Between the crazy scares and the historical background of Gruselkabinett (pronounced hruselcabeenet) this place is definitely worth your while.  [Image result for gruselkabinett exhibits] [Image result for gruselkabinett exhibits]
DINOSAUR...TAIL?

ARIANA BACHMAN AND DESTINTY RODRIGUEZ

 Dinosaurs are the past organisms before any of us were born, and the only remains we can find are fossilized bones. Until now. Scientists, or should I say a scientist, uncovered a chunk of amber encasing something magnificent, something we’ve never been able to see before. This is the brink of something incredible.
 The amber chunk is about the size of a dried apricot and was found in a amber market in Myanmar in 2015. The piece was in the process of being made into jewelry and the sides were already softened slightly. The amber was at least 99 million years old and was found by a man named Lida Xing. After the piece was examined, it was found that the tail was covered in feathers. Scientists are able to link the flexibility of the tail to other dinosaurs, not birds. Bird tails are more rod like, while this one slightly resembles one of a cats. As shown in the photo (credits to http://news.nationalgeographic.com) There was also plant debris as well as a cretaceous era ant. Lida Xing quotes “Maybe we can find the complete dinosaur,” He said this rather confidently.
The tail was not the only thing Xing found in a amber sample, though the tail is the most popular. Xing collected over a dozen amber samples, two of the samples contained dinosaur-era bird wings.  The wings were concluded to most likely belong to a group of avian dinosaurs called enantiornithes. This group became extinct at the end of the cretaceous period. The arrangement of the feathers and the microstructure was similar to those in modern birds.
 Mysterious of the Deep Sea

Have you ever wondered what creatures live in the deep dark sea? So then you should keep reading.



       Researchers sample unusually rich deep-sea area off Hawaii
Federal researchers have just returned from an expedition to study the biodiversity and mechanisms of an unusually rich deep-sea ecosystem off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island.Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday that the abundance of sea life sampled in a particular stretch of water off the Big Island points to a thriving deep-sea habitat, but they aren't exactly sure why. The area, about a mile off the south shore of Hawaii Island, was full of fish including sawtooth eels, dragonfish and many other mysterious deep-sea creatures.Much of the ocean surrounding Hawaii is among the least productive water in the Pacific, said the expedition's lead researcher Jamison Gove, a NOAA oceanographer. That is all I got for you.
 

So now you have uncovered some of the many secrets of the deep dark sea.
It Looks Like A Old Sock
Have you ever thought that you found a animal that never been seen before? In 1950, scientists discovered a strange looking creature that lives in the depth of the ocean. For the last six decades, they have been trying to figure out this origin of this creature, xenoturbella that looks like a old purple sock, this animal has no eyes, gills, or brain. According to the recent study published in Nature, the xenoturbella belongs in the base of   the evolutionary tree. That was all the information they have on this creature.

The Monolith

By: Ariana Bachman and Destiny Rodriguez

The Monolith

Ariana and I were going on our normal adventures, trying to figure out what to do for our next report. That was when we came across a rather unusual sighting… here are our journal entries:


Day One
An unusual sight came to us just today. It was almost like a long thin block. It was a shiny jet black. With further research, it has come to a conclusion that this weird object is called a monolith. A monolith is a great stone block that represents change or evolution. In the Space Odyssey: 2001 the monolith was created by aliens to help mankind through the years by giving them technology to help them. Today the monolith presented itself to us. We still haven’t figured out what this monolith has done. Whether it has made us smarter like it did in the Space Odyssey: 2001 with the apes, or it has given us a new tool to use like HAL 9000 the computer in the Space Odyssey: 2001.

Day Two
There has not been any sight of the monolith since we first saw it yesterday. But, Ariana and I have theorized that the monolith helped bears in the wild be more efficient in finding food that is NOT human flesh considering the bear that raided our tent was not about to eat us. We have not been in contact with anyone yet. Ariana is trying to set up our wireless radio system so that we are able to hear what is going on in the real world. We miss our friends…

Day Three
Still no monolith. It could be years before another one comes. We have gone days without water and food. Destiny is not doing well. The woods can be a strange place at night…

Day Four
No monolith, but Ariana and I have seen a rare sighting… I’ll just let her explain…-
Around a bay, we found tons of glass where the first monolith stood. The glass was made from sand heated to about 3,200 degrees fahrenheit. Because we are in the wilderness, that temperature could only be achieved by supernatural heat. So, we think that aliens came to the same spot the monolith was to take it away or check on us or if it was there. Creepy, but cool.
Day Five
Nothing. There hasn’t been any sightings of aliens or monoliths. But we are glad to have share our sightings with everyone.


-Destiny Rodriguez
Ariana Bachman

Mermaids

By: Jimei & Makayla 


 
     Do mermaids really exists? If they do exist are they who we think they are? Are they really half human and half fish or do they look completely different from our expectations? Read on to understand why mermaids cannot exist.  
     To begin with, here are three reasons why mermaids cannot physically exist. One of them would be mermaids will have a hard time with reproducing or may not even have a reproductive system. Without the reproductive system even if they do exist they will go extinct. 
     Another reason is mermaids would be constipated. They cannot get rid of their waste, Fishes release their waste through their grills but mermaids have a human top which do not have grills.
     Also they could freeze to death. Sure, there are areas of the ocean that are above 70 degrees (on the surface). Assuming mermaids would want to live out in the bottom of the ocean, it’s  just too cold for them. For example, if you go down a couple meters, water temperature drops dramatically.


     To wrap it all up, mermaids cannot physically exist. The reasons are that they would have a hard time reproducing, they would be constipated, and they could freeze to death. Even though they cannot physically exist, but they can exist mentally inside our imaginations. Maybe in the future when glaciers melt, we will evolve into the mermaids of our imagination.
VELOCIRAPTORS
ARIANA BACHMAN
        Dinosaurs roamed the earth over 60 million years ago. But how much do we actually know about them? There is a certain type or dinosaur that roamed about 85.5-70.6 million years ago at the very end of the cretaceous period. This dinosaur was called the Velociraptor.
        The Velociraptor is an exceptionally small dinosaur only standing at about 1.6 feet tall and is about 6.8 meters long. Unlike the tall scaly figures that the Jurassic Park/World puts in your mind, the Velociraptor did not have scales. In fact, when scientists examined the bone they found quill knobs on a well preserved Velociraptor forearm which concludes that this dinosaur had feathers. Velociraptors had two exceptionally large appendages with curved claws. On the second toe of each foot they had a talon.
        Velociraptors hunted and scavenged for food. A popular meal was the  protoceratops, a close relative to the triceratops, or pterosaurs. The Velociraptors could run up to 40mph in short bursts, this gave them easy access to prey. They had 60 sharp teeth on each side of their mouth that made it easy for them to tear into their prey.
        For dinosaurs, these dinosaurs were exceptionally smart and could have easily turned a doorknob. Today they probably would be considered as “dumb”, but comparing them to other dinosaurs, that is not the case.