Category Archives: Science

Lifeguards offer ocean safety suggestions for Monterey County

There are six or seven ocean deaths in the Monterey County per year mostly because of riptides, and according to Kevin Brady, a State Park Peace Officer Lifeguard, the most…

The drought days are over with above-average precipitation

For the past five years, California has been in a record-breaking drought, but with well-above average precipitation this winter, the dark days appear to be over…for the most part. In…

Tourists’ footprints affect environment in Big Sur

As Big Sur approaches 3 to 4 million tourists annually, according to the visitor’s bureau website, residents continue to vocalize their concerns regarding the environmental degradation of the land. Kathleen…

Otter population floats toward healthy numbers

In the vast coastal kelp beds of Monterey Bay, sea otters are often seen snugly wrapped up, and these furry creatures featured their best year in more than a century…

Implementation of progressive science standards will shift sequence

Next year, the order in which students take science classes will be completely revamped as Carmel High plans to implement the state-mandated Next Generation Science Standards in both chemistry and…

Campus litter issue, student indifference escalates

It’s 1:14 on a Tuesday in the Carmel High School amphitheater. Lunch has just ended, and all the students have cleared out to class. The amphitheater has not been returned…

Engineers and educators sound off on the fracking debate

Well, well, well—a very deep subject. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is frequently in the news. This drilling technique has enabled energy producers to extract oil and natural gas…

New bacteria may provide solution to plastic pollution

A team of Japanese scientists at the Kyoto Institute of Technology recently discovered a strain of bacteria that has the capability to decompose certain types of plastic in six weeks,…

‘Sitting disease’ health trend gains stature

Recent studies have shown that sitting for more than four hours a day can decrease average life expectancy by two years. At CHS, students may spend up to six hours…

Allergies plague CHS students during pollen season

Sneezing. Itching. Coughing. These pestering symptoms are the uncomfortable reality for Carmel High School students who suffer from environmental allergies. Allergies are hypersensitive immune responses to substances that either enter…