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

Psilocybe cubensis, or the Magic Mushroom, is the main source of psilocybin.

Psilocybin: the Miracle Drug of the 21st Century

Anders Daly, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

At only six inches tall with a three-inch wide cap, Psilocybe cubensis is an unassuming savior. But when used properly, these Magic Mushrooms have the power to treat some of the most terrible medical conditions...


DART Spacecraft: The Future of Planetary Defense

Bharat Nambisan, Staff Writer October 30, 2022

On September 26, 2022, NASA’s DART spacecraft became the first spacecraft to successfully change the path of an asteroid. The mission’s success revealed a new future for planetary defense —  using...

Emersen and her younger sister lead a WiSTEM+ workshop at their local boys and girls club.

Emmie Panigrahi: Creating a Safe Space For Women In Science

Annika Ross, Staff Writer October 17, 2022

Emmie Panigrahi, a senior at OHS, is devoted to providing a safe, inclusive space to support Women in STEM+ fields. Between her full-time academics, competitive fencing, and position as the board chair...

CO2 Pen

The Pen That Could Rewrite History

Ashok Nambisan, Staff Writer October 2, 2022

We live in a period of rapid climatic change, where more and more CO2 is being released into the atmosphere every year. We are also learning that much of the  technology all of us use on a day to day...

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, Staff Writer 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, Co-Editor-in-Chief 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...

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