Automated Systems May Have Caused Lion Air Crash

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering
Posted on: November 14, 2018

On 29 October, Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Pacific Ocean minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia. The brand new Boeing 737-8 carried 189 passengers and crew, all of which perished, in the first ever crash of the new model of Boeing’s best-selling short-haul passenger jet. The aircraft involved in the incident – registration […]

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Canada’s Future Warships Selected

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering

    The Canadian Navy’s current surface fleet primarily consists of 12 Halifax-class frigates the entered service in the 1990’s. The Liberal government, in their defense policy review, recognized that the Halifax-class would need a replacement by the 2020’s that improves on wide-area air defense and anti-submarine warfare (ASW), as well as surface combat. Three proposals […]

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A Tribute to Paul Allen

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering

On 15 October 2018, Paul Allen died of septic shock, caused by complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 65. While most know him only as the Co-Founder of Microsoft, he was a man of many interests whose work had a profound lasting impact in a variety of areas.     Allen had an interest […]

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Hurricane Cripples 10 Percent of US Raptor Fleet

Kai Huang - 2A Computer Engineering

In the beginning of this month, Hurricane Michael tore through the southeast United States, carving a path of destruction through the entire region. Right at the edge of the Florida seacoast where the storm first made landfall lies Tyndall Air Base, home of 55 F-22 Raptor fighter jets. The F-22 raptor is considered to be […]

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Washington Bible Museum Reveals that 5 of 16 Dead Sea Scroll Fragments are Fake

Stone He - 2A Mechanical Engineering

Museum exhibits usually give us a glimpse into the past. They usually display artifact such as craftwork, writings, and clothing based on what ancient and early civilizations would have used. But what if one of those artifact were fake? Or maybe 5? It appears that in the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Washington’s Museum of […]

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Saudi Journalist Murdered in Turkey

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering

Jamal Khashoggi – a journalist, author, and editor-in-chief of Saudi Arabia’s Al Arab News Channel – has been declared dead. His death has been ruled as premeditated murder. What makes this instance of murder so interesting? One, the lead suspects involve some of the top leaders of Saudi Arabia. Two, the murder took place at […]

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New Developments in Carbon Tax Debacle

Kirsten Ehlers - 1A Biomedical Engineering

Those of you following provincial or federal politics will be painfully aware of the never-ending carbon tax debates. Last Tuesday, Trudeau announced $2 million in carbon tax rebates, as no one is happy. Some provinces, including New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario have refused to comply with Ottawa’s carbon tax, criticizing the negative impact it […]

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Oktoberfest: a History

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering

What image does the word “Oktoberfest” invoke? I bet it’s wursts and pitchers overflowing with beer. If I’m spot on, then the origins of Oktoberfest may surprise you. Oktoberfest is a yearly festival held in Munich, Germany that has made its way to Kitchener-Waterloo. The tradition of having an annual Oktoberfest started way back in […]

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Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Waterloo Professor Donna Strickland

Selina Hsu - 1A Mechatronics Engineering

On October 2, 2018, the Waterloo community was abuzz with the news of Donna Strickland, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, who had just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. She shares the $1.4 million prize with laser physicist Gérard Mourou, currently at the École Polytechnique in France, who worked with Strickland as […]

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Lime Scooters Arrive at Waterloo

Beverly Vaz - 2T Software Engineering

People of Waterloo, a new vehicle arrives on our roads! For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, e-scooters made their debut in parts of Waterloo on October 2nd. Courtesy of Lime, these scooters can be used only in certain parts of Waterloo – a 6.5-kilometre route that includes Waterloo Park […]

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New Ventures for the Queen of VC

Parul Arora - 3B Computer Engineering

If you knew you could predict which companies would be successful, what would you do about it? One firm decided to rightfully make the woman that could a partner. Mary Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins in 2010 after creating her legacy as an industry analyst with her famous “The Internet Report”, written at Morgan Stanley in […]

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The Socialist Fightback Club

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

The Socialist Fightback meeting had a disturbing lack of red flags. It was a simple, ordinary affair in an unused classroom, hosted by four or five organizers. The demographics of the group were evident; they were all young men, somewhere in their mid-twenties, with a few charming accents of indeterminate European origin. In lieu of […]

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PCP: For All Halloween Costumes

Steven Du - 1A Software Engineering

Halloween has changed a lot – even from the time when I was a kid. Halloween was once an ancient Celtic festival where participants would don costumes to ward off scary ghosts; but now, the holiday has become a much more frightening battleground for political correctness. Instead of making a list of possible costumes, many […]

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PCP: Keep Halloween Costumes Politically Correct

Kirsten Ehlers - 1A Biomedical Engineering

Halloween is rapidly approaching and, of course, the debate about politically correct costumes comes up again. Next time you enter  a costume store, consider your options. Jamaican bobsled team? Anna Rexia? Indian? Sexy geisha?  Tequila Bandito? Honestly, how is this still an issue for people? Politically correct costumes are just a matter of human decency. […]

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Merger Monday

Parul Arora - 3B Computer Engineering

Mondays are not special for everyone, but the one a few weeks ago made headlines when announcements of two very distinct acquisitions were made in fashion and in music. While broadcasting company Sirius XM Holdings bought music streaming service Pandora for $3.5 billion dollars, fashion brand Michael Kors announced their acquisition of Italian fashion house […]

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PCP: Gender-Exclusive Events are Important

Beverly Vaz - 2B Software Engineering

I believe that at present, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, it is desirable to have gender-exclusive events. In the past women have been undermined in these fields and having such events would benefit them by creating a fair and level playing ground. However, I am in no way suggesting that such events should […]

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Self-Driving Cars: A Discussion

Selina Hsu - 1A Mechatronics Engineering

Forget about jet packs and flying cars; the future, today, is more drones and self-driving cars. Google put their first driver-less car on a public road in 2015. It had no steering wheel, no pedals, and was unaccompanied by police. It captivated the public, sparking new questions, new discussions, and new ideas about what the […]

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PCP: It’s Time to End Gender-Specific Events

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

Women in Engineering is a praiseworthy organization; I would not mar their good name, for I know them as providers of free food and that is a virtue which amnesties all sins. There is a plethora of similar sisterhoods on campus, ranging from sponsors of women-only networking events to ‘inclusive’ sponsors of caffeine and tea. […]

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Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You….

Engineering Society -

Hello there everyone! It’s that time of the term: Course Critiques are almost here! Once again, they will be taking place on https://evaluate.uwaterloo.ca for the majority of the population. Electronic submission for Course Critiques is great because it helps save us over 22,000 sheets of paper each term. That’s almost three trees per term! Saving […]

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Meet the Rising Tide

Selina Hsu - 1A Mechatronics Engineering

When we think about long-term climate change, we often look only towards the end of our current century. The conversation is about what will happen by the year 2100 – which cities will be underwater, what the global temperature will be, how different the world will look. It leads to a bias that lets us […]

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Wheel Of Time

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

One of the downsides of being an engineering student is having entirely too much time on your hands. When one has four assignments and three pre labs due within the next two days and an entire unit of electromagnetism which is more or less a complete mystery, there is nothing half as soothing as an […]

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An Unaffiliated, Freelance Comrade’s Take on the Events in Xinjiang

Janny Wang - 2A Nanotechnology Engineering

Amidst the general state of disaster of modern affairs, China – with it’s glitzy industrializing wealth and famously polite tourists – looks to be having a sort of golden age. Xi Jinping’s quiet, politely dictatorial manner seems noble and pleasant compared with Trump’s irascible tweeting and Putin’s habit of poisoning all and sundry. It is […]

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