By Santiago Castillo |Staff Writer|
Israel developing a laser defense protection program with “Star Wars” like powers (Feb. 16)
Israel’s new laser shield technology will prevent damage from enemy rocket fire and shoot down short-range missiles.
The company is called the Iron Beam and the program is called Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
Its engineers said they are one step closer to perfecting this program.
Apple could alert people of an upcoming Heart Attack with construction of new device (Feb. 18)
The new device, referred to as iWatch, hopes to predict heart attacks.
iWatch is meant to sensor the sound of a person’s blood in order to predict if the wearer is close to or in danger of a heart attack.
The iWatch will reportedly focus on the sound that blood makes as it travels through a person’s arteries.
“This comes to show that Apple could do just about anything,” said student Abraham Paz.
Associated Students Inc. Elections will be held May 7 and 8 (Feb. 18)
Any student who is interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors or Executive Officers can come to room 108 in the Student Union to pick up an election packet that will be made available on Feb. 20 and due on March 19.
ASI is a student government on campus that hosts
events such as the athletic game tailgates and movie nights. ASI also provides legal services to those in need, as well as a box office that sells tickets to students at reduced prices.
Executive officers of ASI, which include President, Executive Vice President, V.P Finance, and V.P of Palm desert campus, represent the student body on campus as well as in the CSU System.
During spring elections students will have the opportunity to vote for their new campus body leaders.
If you’re thinking of starting a new diet try implementing Tetris (Feb. 18)
Tetris could decrease your food craving by giving you time away from your cravings and keeping you in control.
A group of “cravers” played Tetris and after the screen time were asked to rate their cravings.
Plymouth researchers found that the Tetris players decreased their appetite by 24 percent.
“Tetris is not only fun, I use it as a distraction,” said student Julio Alvarado.
Ancient settlement discovered under the Baltic Sea (Feb. 18)
Swedish divers found a collection of Stone Age artifacts buried deep beneath the Baltic Sea.
Archaeologists date the artifacts to be 11,000-years-old.
“Swedish Atlantis,” as it has been called, is believed to be a settlement that was swallowed whole by the sea.
“This shows that our world has so many mysteries,” said student Blake Smith.
CSUSB student hit by car on campus (Feb. 19)
Banks have paid over $200 million because of Target “hack” (Feb. 19)
Due to a data breach that occurred last year in Target, banks and credit unions have paid over $200 million to those who were affected by the “hack.”
Forty million shoppers’ debit and credit cards were exposed, and an additional 70 million might have had personal information stolen from them.
Other top retailers have had similar data breaches, which has made customers question the efficiency of cyber security in these businesses.
“Our country lacks knowledge in cyber security,” said student Salah Ali.
Facebook buys a start-up app with only 55 employees for $19 billion (Feb. 19)
Facebook buys “WhatsApp” for $19 billion, paying $16 billion upfront, including $4 billion cash and $12 billion in Facebook stock.
“WhatsApp” messenger is a messaging subscription for smart phones, which allows users to text, send images, videos, audio media messages, as well as location information free for a year and $1 for subsequent years.
WhatsApp has 450 million users with 70 percent active and approximately one million people joining everyday.
“I love WhatsApp makes talking to my family in Brazil more fun,” said student Victor Santos.
New Experiment hopes to let humans control pain like how we control light switches (Feb. 19)
Stanford researchers have developed mice whose levels of pain fluctuate by shining light on them.
The purpose of this research is for scientists to understand how pain works so they can help people who are in chronic pain.
The research started because of a technique called optogenetics, which involves light-sensitive proteins called opsins that are inserted into the nerves and increase or decrease pain when exposed to light.
“This could be very helpful for people that are very ill,” said student Jorge Garcia
Scientists have successfully linked two monkeys together (Feb 19)
Using computer chips inserted into the brain, one monkey’s brain is able to control another monkey’s body.
This work hopes to lead to implants for people with nerve or spinal paralysis and could lead to speech and robotic arm treatment
The “master monkey” was implanted with a microchip in the area of their brain responsible for thinking about movement and the neurons were recorded, based on the patterns of activity.
The first monkey simply thinks about what they want to do and the the other monkey would make the movement.
“This research is immoral and it defies nature,” said student Jocelyn Gomez.