Sunday, January 24, 2016

Meeting Notes 1/21/15

Science in the News

Planet Nine

Nicknamed Planet Nine, it "has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun" than Neptune. That means "it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun," according to Caltech.

New Largest Known Prime Number Discovered

In plain language, it's 2^74,207,281 - 1. Learn more here.

IMPORTANT - Final Science Bowl Teams! 

Almost as exciting as Planet Nine and prime numbers, the final teams for Science Bowl have been decided. Here is the list of team-members, and their appointed captains/alternates/minions:

Team 1:
Captain: Christopher Ragan
Assistant Captain: Ryan Turner
Ryan Burgess
Miyu Reus
Alternate: Nick Cosby

Team 2:
(Captain TBD) Dryw Wade
(Captain TBD) Daniel Shorr
Jason Wien
Will Hardy

Team 3:
Captain: Nate Pietraszak
Allyson Wheaton
Ben Merry
Sonja Marcus

"Expect a lot of extra practices," Daniel says, "Team building (team spa day anyone?), and getting to know and rely on your teammates. We’ve got 35 days until competition, and we intend to use it!" 

Congratulations to this year's teams! Remember that the Science Bowl field trip form (check your e-mail for pdf) are due to Daniel Shorr or Mr. Thurman by the next meeting (Thursday the 28th). This notice is in bold. Big, scary bold letters! They must be listened to! 

As well, we are busily narrowing down teams for Science Olympiad coming up. There are still overflowed events and conflicting schedules, and above is the current roster of applicants. 

In Miscellaneous News...

I took Tom's stetson for a joyride for the duration of the half-meeting on Friday. Confirmed stats +1 Self-Esteem +10 Fabulous

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