Syrian Refugee Crisis

Alex Lee - 3T Nanotechnology
Posted on: February 7, 2016

On Saturday, Syrian government forces—supported by Russia—assaulted the city of Aleppo, located in Northern Syria. Aleppo is the most populous city in Syria and has been a focal point of the Syrian Civil War. The city has been bitterly contested between rebel and loyalist forces since 2012. As the war has dragged on, neither side [...]

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FYIC 2016

Gabrielle Klemt - 1N Geological

As a first year engineering student, it’s fair to assume that there are a lot of traditions I have not yet experienced. This past weekend though I checked something off my to do list and went to an engineering conference. For those of you who, like me, have never been to any kind of conference, [...]

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Zika Virus Transferred by Infected Aedes Mosquitoes

Emilia Jiao - 1B Management

SARS, H5N1 and ebola are a few of examples of recent pandemics. Joining that list is an up and coming virus called the Zika virus. The Zika virus is by no means a new virus. In fact, there has been one other previous outbreak in the Pacific Islands in 2007 prior to the current one [...]

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Doomsday Clock Sitting at 3 Minutes to Midnight

Vince Magas - 3A Management

Since time immemorial, people seem to like predicting the end of the world, and seem to enjoy counting the days until the end. For as long as time can remember, predictions about the catastrophic end of the world or be-all-end-all event that would change the world has been documented, reiterated, reinvented, and restated. From the [...]

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Celebrating Twenty Years of Pokemon

Vince Magas - 3A Management

From Kanto’s Pallet Town and Route 1 all the way to Kalos’ own Route 1 and Vaniville Town, the Pokémon video game franchise has come a long way. February 27, 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Pokémon video games. The video-game magazine turned video-game Development Company Game Freak brought to life over 35 hand-held [...]

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Japan Building World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

The creation of this groundbreaking solar plant traces its roots to the Fukushima disaster back in 2011 when a tsunami hit the island of Honshu in Japan. The tsunami was caused by an earthquake, which struck while multiple reactors were having their power cores switched out. The old cores required cooling. When the earthquake was [...]

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The Other Referendum

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

Hi everyone, and welcome to the discussion of “The Other Referendum”. No we will not be publishing a highly controversial PCP about it, and this article will not have to be reviewed by the IW advisory board. But lack of controversy does not imply lack of importance. We spent a lot of time on the [...]

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United States Primaries: Update

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

As you all doubtless know, in America (that’s the big country a little to the south) the Democratic and Republican parties are in the process of electing their Presidential candidates for the federal election later this year. There is hot debate and close competition all around. Iowa is the first state where the public votes. [...]

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Groundhog Day Gags

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

Groundhog Day, traditionally celebrated on February 2 (around the midpoint of winter) just occurred! Here I’ll attempt to sum up the verdict, and the events surrounding this traditionally baffling festivity. For those who are still unfamiliar, Groundhog Day is the day in which the groundhogs of several North American cities are watched as they exit [...]

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Lest We Forget

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

I know, it’s not the official month for remembrance. But why shouldn’t we remember all year round? The truth is, there have been so many catastrophes in human history and they should all be learning opportunities rather than mistakes destined to be repeated. Last Thursday was the thirtieth anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster, [...]

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Effects of the California Gas Leak

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

On October 23 of last year, a natural gas leak began at a SoCal gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, and has since been emitting alarming amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. This has caused problems both at a local level for the Porter Ranch community of [...]

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Think You’re Smart? Ask for Help

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Consider this… You have been asked to take over a project that was previously managed by someone who was so important in the company that they “don’t have time to work on this anymore.” (Did they leave any useful information behind? Probably not.) The prof has said, “This is going to be one long assignment, [...]

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We Should Eradicate Mosquitoes

Bryan Mailloux - 2N Mechatronics

Mosquitoes are annoying little buggers. You’ve got a summer co-op term in Toronto, and you decide to take a walk through one of the parks – and BAM. Now you’ve got five mosquito bites on your arm that you’ll be scratching for days. You didn’t even see them coming. And don’t even think about camping [...]

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In the Defense of Mosquitoes

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

Mosquitoes have a bad, and admittedly, well-deserved reputation for being an annoying and troublesome pest. Their incessant droning as they fly past your ear is a hated sound, as it the unfelt bite that quickly evolves into an annoying itchy bump. Recent advances in science, and particularly in genetics, have raised the possibility of wiping [...]

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Relative Deprivation is Affecting UW Engineers’ Performance

Josh Li - 1B Mechanical

Competition The Ontario Engineering Competition is an annual event hosted this year at UW, bringing together the best and brightest engineering students from Ontario. Schools have their own qualifiers beforehand, and you would think with an Engineering enrollment of 7339, the competition for Waterloo qualifiers would be riddled with intensity and tons of participation. While [...]

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The Term is Semi-Done!

Sarbajoy Majumdar -

Hello A Soc, it is your friendly VP Internal Sarb here. Time flies so fast when you are having fun that it is really hard to believe almost half of this term is done. Fasten your seatbelts as you get to hear about the exciting things that have developed since my last update. Semi formal [...]

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Everything is FINtastic!

Abdullah Barakat -

Hey everyone! Hope your term has been going well so far! With midterms just over the horizon, I know that things are starting to pick up and time is feeling a bit short, but time is money, so there’s tons to talk about when it comes to the finances of EngSoc! Novelties We had a [...]

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Conferences and Competitions

Ola Suchon, Will Wilmot -

As February begins, it is a busy time in the world of VP-External. Two major events have already happened: the Ontario Engineering Competition and the First-Year Integration Conference. These two events both help develop leadership, networking, and teamwork qualities in Waterloo’s Engineering students. The Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) took place from January 29-31, and was [...]

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Education Updates

Jeff Gulbronson -

Hello again! First of all, congratulations to all fourth years who were ringed last weekend. After the past 5 years, it’s very well deserved. To everyone else, hopefully the past two weeks have been treating you well, and you’re feeling good about midterms. I’ll be looking far ahead for this article, to put two events [...]

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Congratulations, Fourth Years!

Adelle Vickery -

Hello again engineering students! First off, I’d like to congratulate all of the fourth years that received their Iron Rings on Saturday. I’m sure it feels great after the last five years of assignments, labs, projects and exams. The History of the Iron Ring Due to the events of this past weekend, I thought it [...]

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The Benchwarmer Report: Canadian Teams On the Limp Out of All-Star Break

Elizabeth Salsberg - 3T Nanotechnology

Hockey fans—it’s past time for a Benchwarmer’s NHL update. After the excitement of the All-Star Break with John Scott and Co., it’s time to get back to business. Coming out of the All-Star break, there’s much work to be done all around. So without further ado, let’s have a closer look at where each of [...]

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Down! SET! What?

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

Just a few days ago was the biggest sporting event in North America. Over a billion chicken wings and a million gallons of beer were consumed. We at the Iron Warrior are not football people on average, but myself and our editor Raeesa love the game, so we decided to pick sides and debate who [...]

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An Exploration of Binary vs Hexadecimal Representations

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

At the Iron Warrior, we have successfully made it through the last two weeks and are back with issue two! I want to start with saying good luck to upper years on their midterms, and congratulations to fourth years who just got their rings! For some background, see Cameron’s article on the history of the [...]

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Japan Building World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

The creation of this groundbreaking solar plant traces its roots to the Fukushima disaster back in 2011 when a tsunami hit the island of Honshu in Japan. The tsunami was caused by an earthquake, which struck while multiple reactors were having their power cores switched out. The old cores required cooling. When the earthquake was [...]

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Lest We Forget

Raeesa Ashique - 2A Electrical

I know, it’s not the official month for remembrance. But why shouldn’t we remember all year round? The truth is, there have been so many catastrophes in human history and they should all be learning opportunities rather than mistakes destined to be repeated. Last Thursday was the thirtieth anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster, [...]

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Effects of the California Gas Leak

Nina Feng - 4B Environmental

On October 23 of last year, a natural gas leak began at a SoCal gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, and has since been emitting alarming amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere. This has caused problems both at a local level for the Porter Ranch community of [...]

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Space Cam: Hypothesized Planet X Sparks Intrigue

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

A few weeks ago, major news outlets around the world ran spectacular headlines saying, “They’ve Just Discovered Planet Nine.” This caused some people to leap for joy that the International Astronomical Union (IAU)—the body that, among other things, handles the naming of planets and natural satellites—had finally succumbed to the pressure of thousands of complaints [...]

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UW Engineers Take Top Prizes at the 2016 Ontario Engineering Competition

Lisa Brock - 3B Mechanical

On the weekend of January 29th to 31st, the Engineering 5 building may not have had any classes running, but it was far from abandoned. Students flocked from far and wide (or at least, from sixteen universities across Ontario) to participate in the 37th annual Ontario Engineering Competition, which the University of Waterloo was happy [...]

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Leathercraft – From Ancient Assyrian Footwear to Modern Day Wallets Pt.2

Vince Magas - 3A Mechanical

Let’s backtrack a little and get that record on the turntable spinning again! Hit Replay is back this issue to pick up where we left off last time with more trending items, fads, hobbies, and practices that will seem like déjà vu! In the last issue we went back thousands of years to discuss a [...]

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Budget Trips on Budgeted Time

Emilia Jiao - 1B Management

With the Canadian dollar at an all-time low and the number of free days between exams and co-op even lower, traveling seems almost entirely out of the question. Almost being the keyword. Here are five tips to satisfy that wanderlust without sacrificing your wallet. 1. Southeastern Asia is your new best friend Looking for adventure? [...]

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Celebrating Twenty Years of Pokemon

Vince Magas - 3A Management

From Kanto’s Pallet Town and Route 1 all the way to Kalos’ own Route 1 and Vaniville Town, the Pokémon video game franchise has come a long way. February 27, 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Pokémon video games. The video-game magazine turned video-game Development Company Game Freak brought to life over 35 hand-held [...]

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Five Things You Really Don’t Want to Know

Caitlin McLaren - 3T Chemical

Good people of Waterloo, it is again that time of the month when I cause you to lose your appetites, your minds, and quite possibly your tempers. Yes, it’s the column where I accuse your ancestors of horrible, vile, and unspeakable practices! As it turns out, when you look at history, there were fewer Aristotles [...]

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Broskies on Brewskies

Donovan Maudsley - 2T Mechanical

Donovan and Tristan are two friends from humble beginnings in London, Ontario. Off and on roommates and general guys who like beer, the following article follows them through a journey into the sometimes overcrowded world of craft beer where they will try to find the best that Ontario has to offer. First up, this issue [...]

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WEEF Proposals Are Open!

Eric Shi -

WEEF proposals are being accepted for the Winter 2016 term until March 2. All students (including from the school of Architecture) staff, and faculty members can submit proposals. All proposals will be considered, provided that they benefit undergraduate engineering education at UW. Elected student representatives from each class will come together on March 8 and [...]

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On the Meaning of Work

Tiffany Chang - 1N Chemical

Ah, the wonders that a co-op term can do on my journey to recovery from 1A. All of us at UW know how much co-op means to us and to our school. For a lot of us, co-op was the deciding factor that persuaded us to choose Waterloo over other schools, especially for engineering programs [...]

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We Are the Engineers

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

Last Saturday, February 6, the fourth years at the University of Waterloo celebrated one of the most beloved milestones on the journey to becoming an engineer; The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. While it is not an official part of becoming an engineer, nor is it mandatory for graduation, this is a time-honoured [...]

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Homeopathy: AKA Water Remembers

Rhododendron -

Yo Chem Engs. You think the job market is rough? Well guess what, all that “learning” you’ve been doing for the last decade or so is about to be displaced. There’s a new, much more simple way to understand the physical world, without all of that bull about “tradeoffs”, “waste”, and “impracticalities” you use to [...]

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Valentine’s Day 101

Juno Ironwoman - 4B relationshipology

There are many exciting dates approaching in these next couple of weeks. February 13th, for one, is both the beginning of Reading Week and the end of midterm week for many programs. February 15th, Family Day, encourages people to take a day off work to do family activities. As such, your parents will undoubtedly use the [...]

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Apple Cider is the (Caloric) Bomb

Cameron Soltys - 3A Mechanical

Welcome back, my friends, to the table of the frugal chef. Once again, I am here to share with you a dish of superb taste made without purchase of new ingredients or measuring implements, and with total faith of its eventual success. Join me, companions, in a celebration of proteins and sugars, as we feast [...]

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