Poorly Preserved Bones Hide Soft Tissue Fossils

Lisa Brock - 3A Mechanical
Posted on: June 20, 2015

When you think of dinosaurs, perhaps the dynamic images of Jurassic Park come to mind, or maybe visits to the museum to admire dinosaur skeletons and other fossils. What you may not realize is that these skeletons are more than just rocks of fossilized bones – they can contain preserved soft tissues such as muscle [...]

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New Faces and Familiar Places A Summary of E3 2015

Meagan Cardno - 3A Nanotechnology

It’s not surprising that an expo aimed towards fans of video games often has a very competitive mindset; fans and journalists alike are often keen to say that one company or another ‘won’ E3. However, with solid performances from every company and developer at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, I’m not one who is so [...]

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Tourists Blamed for Malaysian Earthquake

Raeesa Ashique - 1B Electrical

On June 5, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Borneo island’s state of Sabah, causing landslides on Mount Kinabalu and killing at least eighteen people, including several school children. But this is not your average natural disaster report. The twist? The local community is blaming its occurrence on a group of tourists. Mount Kinabalu is the [...]

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Snowden: Two Years On

Alexander Lee - 3A Nanotechnology

Last week, the British newspaper The Sunday Times reported that Chinese and Russian intelligence services had successfully hacked into former NSA analyst-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden’s files, and obtained an extensive list of British field operatives working in foreign countries.  The accuracy of the article was disputed by other individuals and news outlets. Glenn Greenwald, the journalist [...]

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China’s Second Great Wall: Part 2

Vince Magas - 2B Management

Following the progress on China’s Territorial expansion on the Spratly Islands located on international waters along the South China Sea, West Philippine Sea and Southern Vietnam, more developments have unfolded within the last month. In our last article, we reported the growing man-made islands which came to life in 2014. Construction was initially noted when [...]

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Apple Showcases Music Service

Allen Chen - 2B Civil

On June 8-12, Apple hosted its annual international conference in California, officially named Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). WWDC is an annual showcase of the newest developments in Apple’s product lines. For those unfamiliar with WWDC, it is essentially like those presentations Steve Jobs did back in the day that Apple users were always so [...]

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Don’t Forgot the T

Brigita Gubins - 1B Environment

Transgender visibility is at an all time high, with Laverne Cox’s appearance on the April 2014 cover of TIME magazine, and now Caitlyn Jenner’s debut on the cover of Vanity Fair one year later, after her April 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer. However, this has not always been the case. The ‘T’ in the LGBT [...]

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Kansas May Increase Welfare ATM Limits

Cameron Soltys - 2B Mechanical

Months after the bill was signed, and one month before it was to go into effect, the US state of Kansas has passed revisions to a controversial new law that regulates welfare spending. The law, signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, introduced a number of limitations in the way the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [...]

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China to Use Aerial Drones to Monitor Entrance Exams

Brian Chan - 3A Nanotechnology

Now at the University of Waterloo, food and labelled drinks are not permitted to be brought into examination sites. The primary reason for this new rule is that these things can distract people, and secondly, these can be used as tools to help students cheat on their exams. I think that this is pretty fair, [...]

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PCP: Con

Nachiket Sherlekar - 3T Nanotechnology

Internet.org, launched in August 2013, is the execution of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of providing free internet access to people around the world that began with initiatives such as Facebook Zero. The project is a joint collaboration between Facebook and six other companies, including Samsung, Nokia and Qualcomm. Over the last two years, the project has [...]

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VP Finance: How would you spend your money?

Kevin McNamara - VP Finance

Hello Engineers! This issue I’d like to discuss Engineering Society Finances in general. Obviously a big part of my role as Vice President Finance is to manage anything and everything to do with finances of the Society. The Engineering Society is here to serve and represent all undergraduate engineering students at Waterloo. This means that [...]

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VP Education: A Better Co-op Experience

Josh Kalpin - VP Education

Hey everyone, and welcome to yet another VP Education Exec Update! I’m going to keep it short this issue as things have been relatively quiet on the education front, but I have a couple of updates about co-op. Last week I met with the new coordinators for the Co-op Fundamentals Course (CFE) that all engineering [...]

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VP External: Diversity and Pride!

Heather Smith - VP External

Hey Engineers!  Midterms are hopefully almost or completely done for almost all of you!  Now that you have a bit more time on your hands, why not celebrate getting through the past two weeks by going to one of the biggest EngSoc events of the term: Toronto Pride Parade!  The parade is taking place on [...]

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VP Internal: Tickets, Tickets, Tickets!

Adelle Vickery - VP Internal

Hey everyone! I hope midterms went well or are still going well if you, like me, haven’t finished yet. Now that midterms are done (or will be soon), why not come out to more EngSoc events? This article, I’m going to give you a run-down of the awesome events happening! EngHack! Come out to this [...]

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President: E&P and the other side of President

Leila Meema-Coleman - President

My article this week is  going to talk about a part of the President portfolio very few know about and we hope no one ever needs. As President I sit on the Examinations and Promotions Committee, more commonly referred to as the E&P committee. The E&P committee is responsible for overseeing requests for exceptions to [...]

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EngSoc Election Results

Soheil Koushan - Chief Returning Officer, Spring 2015, A-Soc

It’s with great pleasure that I am able to announce the results of this Spring’s executive election. The elected candidates are as follows: President Adelle Vickery VP Internal Sarbajoy Majumdar VP Finance Abdullah Barakat WEEF Director Eric Shi Voter turnout was 12.7%. Another election will be held for the positions of VP External and VP [...]

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Why I Love the Traditions

Cameron Soltys - Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back everyone. This is what I call the week of regret. Why? Two reasons. Firstly, Hell Week is over, so it’s time to regret all the time you spent not studying for hard midterms, or maybe the time you spent studying for the easy ones. Secondly, the Steam Summer Sale is over, so it’s [...]

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85% Of Fisheries Pushed to Limits, says WWF

Michal Kononenko - 2B Nanotechnology

Two recent reports by the World Wildlife Fund confirms that 85% of all commercial fisheries are being exploited at or above their sustainable biological limits. The report valued the worldwide economic output of ocean fisheries at 2.5 trillion dollars, comparable to the GDP of some of the world’s largest economies. Yet, through decades of industralized [...]

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Shape Memory Alloys Can Withstand 10 Million Cycles

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are materials that, after being deformed, return to their original shape when heated. An alloy is a material which combines a metal and another element. Many alloys have multiple solid phases—several different ways the atoms of the two elements can be arranged. For instance, low carbon-steel (iron-carbon) may be found in [...]

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Smallest Villages: Remote Beauty of Northern Quebec

Jessica Keung - 2B Civil

Welcome back readers of the Iron Warrior Engineering Newspaper. I hope you are all having a happy Hell Week and a jolly good time studying for those midterm examinations. I know I am not. So what better way to procrastinate than by reading (and writing) about some of the smallest villages in Canada and learn [...]

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On the Shoulders of Giants

Brigita Gubins - 1B Environment

Cecilia Helena Payne was born May 10, 1900, in Wendover, England. Her education began at St. Paul’s Girls’ School. At the age of 19, she was awarded a scholarship to Newnham College within Cambridge University, where she studied botany, physics, and chemistry. Payne completed her studies at Cambridge, but did not receive a degree because [...]

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Hit Replay: Retro-Video Games Part II: The Rise of Handhelds and Consoles

Vincent Magas - 2B Management

Hit Replay returns this issue with an article close to the hearts of many! We pick up where we left off from the last issue on video games! Still fresh in our memories are the 8-bit soundtracks, giant pixelated screens and epic time consuming madness of the early consoles and handhelds! Many of you reading [...]

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Acta Diurna: Rome and the Modern Days of the Week

Gaius Lucius Agrippa - 10B Consul

Salve citizens of Waterloo, I Gaius Lucius Agrippa welcome you back once again to the Forum Romanum! On this day of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, I bring to you another article in our befitting Acta Diurna column. Today, I speak of time itself, like the flowing rivers of the Tiber it goes continuously and as surely [...]

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PCP: Pro

Alexander Lee - 3A Nanotechnology

Let’s clear one thing up now. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and their partners are not involved with internet.org purely out of the goodness of their hearts. As with almost everything, the motivation behind the partnership is some part altruistic and some part self-interest; how much of each is up to you to decide for yourself. However, [...]

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Five Things You Really Don’t Want To Know: Black Sorcery

Caitlin McLaren - 3N Chemical

To all you Harry Potter fans, the idea that people used to burn witches seems unfair and horrible. That’s because witches have been changing their image recently. If you were around in old times, you would know exactly why people used to hate witches. Navajo Witches Used Ground Corpses as a Poison In Navajo folklore, [...]

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Cooking with Cam: I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Naan

Cameron Soltys - 2B Mechanical

Yes, I know that generally the term is “ice cream,” and generally when the term isn’t “ice cream” it’s some other sweet dessert-type food. But this week, I have a Naan-based recipe that will have you screaming for more. At your minimum-wage bakery-department grocery stocker because they only have two bags on the shelf and [...]

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Random Privileges We Have As Canadians

Sherwin Kwan - 4B Mechanical

Did you know that, as a Canadian, you are entitled to receive a copy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or a picture of the Queen? The government provides every Canadian certain items which display “Canadian heritage” at no charge. An infinitesimally small portion of your taxes goes towards it, so you might as well [...]

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