Investigating claims of carcinogenic turf

November 16, 2017

The San Mateo Civil Grand Jury has investigated the considerable health and safety concerns regarding recycled tire rubber, or “crumb rubber,” used for playground and athletic field surfaces. On July 10, the grand jury released a report urging school districts, including the San Mateo Union High School District, to stop the use of turf derived from rubber tires until an ongoing study by the Environmental Protection Agency provides further data on the health effects. Currently, the school’s football field is an artificial turf field, which has crumb rubber.


Middle schoolers complete math marathon

On Friday, April 14, the Aragon Math Club hosted 83 middle schoolers from five different schools to participate in the yearly Aragon Math Marathon. This year, the middle schoolers came from schools including Abbott, Bayside, Borel, Bowditch and Crocker. The marathon was split into two individual rounds and one team round. As preparation for the event began in November of last year, Junior Frank Liu says, “So basically, all of…

April 20, 2017

Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting TRAPPIST-1 Show Signs of Habitual Land

Researchers announced on Feb. 22 the findings of seven exoplanets orbiting the dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope along with other telescopes based in Chile, Morocco and South Africa. This discovery marks the first time seven possible habitable planets have been found around the same star, offering a realistic opportunity to search for alien life outside of our solar system.

March 9, 2017