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

New viruses, or virions, break out of their infected human cell host.

A Way To Achieve Complete Viral Resistance: Is It Possible?

Ashok Nambisan, Staff Writer May 23, 2022

We have all witnessed it: A viral pandemic, COVID-19, quickly spread across the world. The pandemic took a huge toll on our economy and lifestyles. We’ve had to move events online, practice social distancing,...

The What, Where, How, and Why of Microplastics

The What, Where, How, and Why of Microplastics

Grace Ivancich, OHS Student May 22, 2022

When was the last time you ate plastic? Maybe once a few years ago, when you swallowed a lego, right? Or a couple weeks ago when you ate some of the wrapper of a candybar. Well, you actually likely ate...

The 996 work culture is harmful to the much-needed work-life balance of employees.

Confronting the Toxic 996 Work Culture

Eddy Li, OHS student May 8, 2022

In December of 2021, an employee at the Chinese e-commerce company Pinduoduo collapsed while coming home from work and died. Two weeks later, an ex-employee at Pinduoduo leapt to his death after being...

A shell dissolving over time as carbonic acid is decalcifying the shell.

The Evil Twin of Climate Change: Ocean Acidification

Aanya Gupta, Staff Writer May 1, 2022

Imagine: All marine life on Earth dying because people wanted to make a few more bucks selling crayons or bundles of paper. Well, there is no need to imagine, because each day, as more and more greenhouse...

Our phones are hand-held windows, providing a supposed direct view into war.

An FYP of Fatalities and Feud

Lily Parry, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

It’s been a particularly eventful day. As usual, you collapse onto your sofa and open tiktok. You methodically scroll through video after video until you come across an especially intriguing clip of...

Solar panels are a potential renewable energy source that have multiple advantages.

Transparent Solar Panels: A Revolutionary Look Into the Future

Ashok Nambisan, Staff Writer April 12, 2022

Almost all of us have encountered that fatal moment when, in just a few seconds, the power goes out. All the devices that we use on a day-to-day basis, instantly turn off. Most of us are completely unaware...

Kamila Valieva performs her short program to “In Memoriam” by Kirill Richter at the 2022 Beijing Olympics figure skating team event, prior to her doping allegations.

How to “Win” the Olympics: Doping with Trimetazidine

Lily Sun, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 10, 2022

In 2021, Russian skating star, Kamila Valieva, burst onto the senior ranks with two impeccable quadruple jumps and a levitating triple axel. Prior to the 2022 Olympics, Valieva had been crowned champion...

A geometric illusion confuses us into seeing 3D motion.

When Seeing Isn’t Believing: Optical Illusions and the Quirks of our Brains

Jasmine Li, Staff Writer April 6, 2022

From static 2D scenes, humans can conjure pulsing swirls, moving neon dots, and three-dimensional spheres. This isn’t a trick from a sci-fi film, but rather the magic of optical illusions, mind-bending...

The Red-footed booby, a seabird that inhabits the Chagos Archipelago

Bird Poop: The Stinky, Gross, and Unlikely Heroes of Coral Reefs

Mayuko Karakawa and March 17, 2022

Nobody likes bird poop. It’s stinky, gross, and your first reaction towards it is probably something along the lines of “ew”. To the coral reefs of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, however,...

Carbon Dioxide

An Ingenious Method to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Levels

Bharat Nambisan, Staff Writer March 12, 2022

In 2021 alone, approximately 36.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) were emitted globally. Even if all CO2 emissions were to be completely stopped by switching to renewable sources, the harmful impact...

Dr. Fong spends time in nature to de-stress and bond with loved ones.

Tom Fong: The Doctor You Want Beside You When You Confront Cancer

Knox Choi, Senior Associate Editor March 6, 2022

Growing up in the Baltimore suburbs, Tom Fong was one of the two children of his parents who were immigrants from Hong Kong. Although he never fully appreciated all their sacrifices, he says they definitely...

Dr. Lichun Han prepares for surgery following a morning consultation.

Dr. Han: Blood, Sweat, and Perseverance on the Pandemic Frontlines

Jasmine Li, Staff Writer February 27, 2022

Medicine is not only difficult during the study process, but also physically and mentally difficult in practice. To be a good anesthesiologist requires sound thinking, a stable heart, and perseverance...

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