Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

The growth of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) could revolutionize many different industries.

The Power of Generative AI for Business

Bharat Nambisan, Staff Writer May 30, 2023

You’ve probably played with ChatGPT recently and been amazed at its conversational features. But, did you know that ChatGPT, and Generative AI in general, can benefit businesses?Generative AI refers...

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ChatGPT, was based on OpenAI’s GPT 3.5 Engine and was released on November 30 2022.

Why Generative AI May Not Be As Intelligent As You Think

Ashok Nambisan, Staff Writer May 30, 2023

ChatGPT, a form of generative AI, has taken the world by storm, getting its first 100 million users within the first 2 months from launch.  ChatGPT is a Generative pretrained transformer. This means that...

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Caption: The Science Fair Club at OHS collaborates, explores, and pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge!

Unleashing the Curiosity: Igniting a Passion for Science Through Engaging Science Fairs

Aanya Gupta and Tanisha Gupta May 12, 2023

Science fairs are a feared and overlooked experience by many students, but at the heart are really just an opportunity for students to work by themselves or with others to solve a problem or make an observation....

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Artificial turf may not require consistent watering, but the harms it causes for the environment are far worse than any benefits.

We Need to Rethink Artificial Turf’s “Environmentally Friendly” Label, Here’s Why

Mandy Yu, Staff Writer May 7, 2023

Artificial turf is a current landscaping trend. The topic of replacing natural grass with plastic coated blades has become a hot topic in many communities, especially those plagued by drought. For example,...

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A rat in Dr. Mayank Mehta’s UCLA neurology lab interacts with its virtual reality environment.

Coming to a Lab Near You: Virtual Reality, Rats, and the Future of Brain Research

Jasmine Li, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 5, 2023

In dark rooms, surrounded by illuminated screens, figures scuttle, duck, and navigate through twisting corridors and mazes. This isn’t the elaborate setup of a teen gaming lair; rather, it’s a high-end...

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Millions of Americans recycle, but where does the plastic really go?

The Truth of Recycling and What It Means for Our Environment

Mandy Yu, Staff Writer April 28, 2023

When we recycle things, we often automatically assume that our actions will benefit the environment. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The term “recycling” has a lot of widespread misconceptions....

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A termite mound side by side with the Eastgate building.

Tiny But Mighty: How Termites are Paving the Way for Eco-Friendly Buildings

Ella Blanco, World News Editor March 31, 2023

Hidden behind plaster, termites carve their paths, infesting foundations and tearing down supports one bite at a time. To most, these pests are nothing but a nuisance, an unlucky circumstance that takes...

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The 19th-century practice of cross-writing (a method to save paper) is analogous to how the brain stories memories—rotating them while still leaving both perception and recollection legible (Ireland, 1839)

A Trip Down Memory Lane: How the Brain Stores and Distinguishes Memories

Kate North, Associate Editor March 12, 2023

What is your first memory? Which moment can you relive as if it were yesterday? Close your eyes and try to picture it—the colors, the sounds, the smells. Losing your first tooth. That big test. Now...

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The popularity of oxytocin in the media and commerce makes this molecule seem simpler than in reality.

Oxytocin’s Not-So-Unconditional Love: Why This Hormone Isn’t All It Seems

Ester Weinhardt, Staff Writer March 12, 2023

The love hormone. Look up “oxytocin” and you’ll find articles praising its life-facilitating and social bonding roles, along with ads for pills and nasal sprays. Practically a celebrity in the...

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Toshifumi Kojima, Liberal Democratic Party Member of the House of Representatives, explains a poster on levels of radiation in the purified wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Radiation, Reconstruction, Recovery: What the Fukushima Nuclear Incident Means for the Future of Energy

Isabella Huang, Staff Writer March 12, 2023

We are living through some of the most crucial years for the environmental movement — this is history in the making. Last November, the UN Climate Change Conference took place while the United States...

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Natural foods high in polyphenols and carotenoids, such as carrots and berries, may lower your cancer risk.

Does Diet Aid in Cancer Prevention?

Amelia Zai, Staff Writer February 19, 2023

Roughly 1.9 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Typically, patients undergo one or a combination of three treatment plans: chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. However, despite the commonly...

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An unfortunate end for a cordyceps-infected insect.

Mushroom Brains: Zoonotic Spillover, Apocalyptic Mutations, and HBO Max

Lily Parry, Staff Writer February 19, 2023

It’s safe to say that HBO Max’s recent apocalyptic release, The Last of Us, has left viewers with a newfound appreciation for videogame adaptations, an attachment to Pedro Pascal, and the unfortunate...

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