Should the Redskins Change their Name?

The Washington Redskins are a professional football team that was started in 1932. After over eighty years of playing in the NFL, people want to change the Redskin name because they believe it refers to Native Americans in a racist manner.

The owner of the team Dan Snyder has stated many times that he would never change the Redskin name. Some fans in The D.C. area want to keep the name because it is a major part of their past, and they identify the team by its name.

If people want the Redskins to change their name, why not other sports teams across the country? Teams like the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Blackhawks have references to Native Americans. In the article Should the Washington Redskins Change their Name, it says , It says that “ most Native Americans aren’t bothered by the word”. The Native American Community as a whole should be consulted on this matter. If the majority of the Native American community is not offended by the word, then the owners of the football teams should be able to keep their name.

The Washington Redskins football team has been around for over eighty years. They have won championships and are a big part of the city. The fans identify the team by its nickname. If the Native American community as a whole does not have a problem with the name, than the city and its fans should be able to keep the name.

Should Lebron Return to Cleveland?

On July 8, 2010 Lebron James’ notorious Espn television special “The Decision” had shocked the sports world as he left his hometown Cleveland and joined the Miami Heat. Lebron’s desire to win a championship was strong and that is why … Continue reading

Modern Advances Come With Responsibility

In today’s age, technology is a part of everything. Almost everyone is constantly checking texts or social media. New technology like 3D printers could become a normal appliance in the near future. However, some gadgets are becoming all too much. Sure, phones help keep you connected with friends and world news. But what if it starts to replace real interaction? We need to consider how our actions could affect the future of our world. I don’t want to sound corny talking about this, but change is a serious topic. If we have changed so much in the past decade, what will the near future look like? At some point, we need to start being a little more simplistic. Otherwise, there will be no escaping the constant cell phone ring or texting. We are human beings, not cyborgs. We also need to think about what powers these gadgets, and how to be more efficient.

One of the best parts of modern technology is medical advances. We are so much more advanced today than we were ten years ago. This is one of the pros to modern day living. Transportation is improving as well. More environmentally friendly vehicles are being designed. Until we improve, we need to become even MORE efficient. We are so dependent on electrical power today, it is ridiculous. Think about it like this.. what happens when the power goes out during a storm? The lights, oven, refrigerator, outlets, and other appliances cease to work. We need to become more dependent on other resources. The same goes for gasoline. We constantly pump gas into our vehicles just to make them work. Emissions are released into the air until the fuel tank is empty. Gasoline is a LIMITED resource. We can’t depend on these two resources because someday gasoline and oils supplies will be depleted. Also, we cannot solely rely on electric power to charge and work home appliances. Sure, this supply is not limited. But if it fails to work, we are lost.

We need to become more responsible and aware of our technology use. If not, it will become a factor in everything. It is hard to imagine what the future will look like, but I do know one thing. Unless we slow down on technological advances and resource use, we will have a big problem. After all, when you have pros it’s important to also take a look at the cons.

What Will Make the New COD Be The Best

As most gaming enthusiasts know, Call of Duty Ghosts will be coming out November 5, 2013 for the new generation of consoles. This will be the tenth installment of the multi-million dollar franchise and as many people agree, the series is growing stale. It seems like after Modern Warfare 2 that there seems to be a cycle players go through. The first three months every is saying the game is the best, the next three months the game gets boring, but everyone still plays it, the next three months everyone goes back to playing the game released before it saying it was much better, and then the last few months everyone gets pumped for the new COD that everyone forgets about the old COD. What COD Ghosts needs to do to keep players into it is something we’ve been asking for a long time. They need to run dedicated servers for each game mode. This reduces lag to almost nothing, which means if you don’t pull host you’ll have just as good as a connection as the person who did pull host. If Infinity Ward and Activision put as much time into this as we assume, it will revolutionize the way we play video games.

Xbox One

The Xbox One was announced on May 21, 2013. This console was made to revolutionize the way you play video games. It has an 8-core CPU, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and 500 gigabytes storage, this console is taking a leap to the future. With an entirely redesigned look for everything (Xbox, controller, and Kinect), it is going to put the PS4 in a bad position going into E3 this summer. All eyes are going to be on Microsoft’s presentation instead of Sony’s because their presentation in February was so bad that they didn’t even show the console. I think that the Xbox franchise is going to greatly expand because of how cool this console is. Although they only gave the public a tidbit of information, E3 will certainly shed some light on how amazing this console is going to be. Although pricing and the release is unknown, it is rumored to be $400 and release this holiday season.

Crazy Inventions: Google Glass

Google. Anyone could associate that funny word with the popular search engine. But could you ever identify Google with the most futuristic technology? Most likely, you will this year. Have you heard about Google Glass? It is the most futuristic … Continue reading

Fearless Felix: Red Bull Stratos

8091578843_47e2f12f09_nFelix Baumgartner is an Austrian Skydiver, dare devil, and base jumper. He said he has always loved heights since he was a boy, and lived for adrenaline rushes. Once he was about 25 he entered the Austrian military Felix spent most of his practicing parachute jumping, including training to land on small targets. He continued to do this for years and years,until he became very experienced.

His first base jumps he says were very scary. He said there was no one really to help him out. He says it always scares his family whenever he tells them he is doing another jump. He continued to do more and more jumps, and wanted to start experimenting with it. He decided to embark on the scariest jump of his life. Baumgartner’s most recent project was Red Bull Stratos. This mission took many years of planning.  The purpose of the Red Bull Stratus mission is to transcend human limits. The Red Bull Stratos team brings together the world’s leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication.

Supported by a team of experts, partnered with Red Bull energy drinks, Felix Baumgartner ascended to 128,100 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a free fall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting into a desert of New Mexico. He set the world record for skydiving at 39 kilometers, reaching an estimated speed of 1357.64 km/h, and became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent. In total, the jump lasted approximately eight minutes and eight seconds. His successful feat on Oct. 14, 2012 holds the potential to provide valuable medical and scientific research data for future pioneers. Felix Baumgartner will never be forgotten, as he showed us that “ The only limit is the one you set for yourself “

Russian Meteor

On Friday, February 15, a meteor exploded nearly 930 miles outside of Moscow, Russia with a force of about 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people. There had been multiple videos taken of it, which have caused it to become a widely known phenomenon. While scientists predict that the meteor was only the size of a school bus and weighed about 7,000 tons, the fireball it created was truly dramatic. It shocked thousands of people across Siberia. All of the videos, taken just after sunrise, capture a blazing fireball that looks somewhat like something from a world ending science fiction movie. The largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century occurred just hours before the 150 foot asteroid (DA14) passed within about 17,000 miles of earth. The European Space Agency said that “it’s experts had found no connection with the asteroid and the Russian meteor, just a cosmic coincidence.” Continue reading

A Wire That Heals Itself?

There is a new wire that can fix itself if it breaks. This re-healing wire is a new, stretchable wire that can repair itself after being disconnected from the other half. This new breakthrough will help solve many problems that occur when wires break in many items and gadgets.

This was created in North Carolina State University. This new wire has a liquid metal core and polymer covering, which means it can bend and stretch more easily without breaking. The liquid center allows the wire to be in more dangerous environments where you do not want things to break.

To create this, researchers made very small holes in the self-healing polymer. Then researchers filled the holes with different liquid metals. When the core is cut up, it forms a barrier so the liquid metal is kept inside the polymer cover. When severed parts are put back together, it reconnects, giving you a wire that is as good as new.

This new invention will change the world and make many new gadgets indestructible. North Carolina State University has made a great invention that will affect many things in the future.

Crazy Inventions: The Verge

My previous posts on “Crazy Inventions” have been pretty popular, so I’ve decided to add another article to the series.

Do you like reading cool articles? I do! But finding them can be a task. It’s not easy to find good websites with them! But search no more, here is a website that will save you some precious time. I was referred to this amazing website called The Verge is a fantastic website with lots of new articles on weird gadgets and products every day.

The Verge is great for various reasons. It’s unique layout is eye- catching, and there are several, well- written articles posted daily. There are several writers for The Verge, so there is no shortage of entertainment and information!   When I first looked at the website, I immediately knew I would like it. You will too! In addition to the great gadget articles, there are various product reviews and new stories posted frequently. It’s a good way to stay informed.

Another great aspect of the Verge, is that stories usually come out before you hear about them on the news. Did you hear about the Apple iWatch rumor? I read about it on the Verge about a week before I did on the news. Sound too good to be true? I thought so! Trust me, you need to take a look.

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Know any good websites like the Verge? Comment, and let me know! Thanks!  Continue reading