Bobcats In The Know: 11/13

Between sports practice, musical rehearsal, hours of homework and projects, after-school jobs and clubs, and the multitude of other activities that we as high school students are involved in, it can be hard to stay up to date on current events.

After slaving over difficult calculus homework for hours, checking CNN or the New York Times isn’t exactly at the top of our list of priorities. Twitter is generally the way that most students find out about major news, but tweets can be untruthful and are often infused with bias and opinions.

However, being educated about current events can be very beneficial. It helps us, as soon-to-be adults, form our own opinions on world issues, and it makes us seem more educated when in a professional setting. To help BLHS stay up-to-date on current events without having to scour news websites, I’ve summarized the most important events from this week in a handy article.


Ebola: What’s really happening?

With all the Twitter jokes and casual references of “you probably have Ebola” whenever someone coughs, it can be hard to know what exactly is happening in regards to the notorious virus. First it was only in Africa; then it spread to the U.S. and suddenly airport-goers could see cleaning staff wearing surgical masks ‘just in case.’ Here are the facts:

  1. 5,160 people have died from the Ebola outbreak.
  2. However, 14,098 people have been infected, which means the disease has only had a 37% death rate.
  3. The doctor in NYC who had Ebola has been cured.
  4. The Obama administration wants $6 billion from Congress to help fight Ebola.
  5. As of right now, only one person has died from Ebola in the U.S.
  6. There are currently no diagnosed cases of Ebola in the U.S.


Arctic blast hits the U.S.

You don’t have to check the news to know about the recent arctic blast that’s hit the United States; you simply have to step outside. Journeys from the parking lot to the school doors feel more like treks to the top of Mount Everest, and students are breaking out their blankets, North Faces, and fuzzy socks.

And this isn’t just a Kansas problem: about two-thirds of Americans are experiencing the frigid weather. The reason for this sudden chill? Super Typhoon Nuri, a post-tropical cyclone that shifted cold air from Alaska and Canada south into the rest of the U.S.

That typhoon has made it so that most of the U.S. is experiencing a 20 to 40 degree temperature drop. The good news? Temperatures should be back to normal by next week.


Scientists land probe on comet

Most physics students have probably asked the question “When am I ever going to use this in real life?” Scientists at the European Space Agency answered that question this week when they managed to land a probe on a speeding comet, using extremely advanced science and math. This is a worldwide first, and represents a new milestone in scientific achievement.

This probe, named Rosetta, will be able to measure the comet’s physical properties, test for chemicals, and study the magnetic field of the comet.


Russia plans to send bombers to Gulf of Mexico

Last year, there was no shortage of coverage pertaining to Russia in the news, as the gigantic country annexed a part of Ukraine known as Crimea. It seems that Russia will be boosting its presence on news stations again, as the country now plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

As we all know, the Gulf of Mexico borders the U.S., so it’s clear that relations between the two countries are likely to become tense.

Russia’s defense minister justified the plans by saying that Russia needs to “maintain military presence.” However, it’s unlikely that that explanation will do much to quell rising tensions between Russia and the West.