Archive for September, 2010

September 28, 2010

Athletic schedule 9/28-10/1/10

BOY’S JV SOCCER 9/28 RUSH H Home
GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL 9/28 MASTBAUM A FRANKFORD & CLEMENTINE
JV FOOTBALL 9/28 OVERBROOK H Home
VAR FIELD HOCKEY 9/28 LINCOLN H Home
BOY’S VAR SOCCER 9/29 LINCOLN A RYAN & SACKETT
GIRL’S TENNIS 9/29 GIRL’S HIGH A HAINES & ARDLEIGH
VAR FIELD HOCKEY 9/30 FRANKLIN TOWNE A 4131 UNRUH AVE.
CROSS COUNTRY 9/30 MEET A BELMONT PLATEAU
GIRL’S TENNIS 10/1 MASTERMAN H Home
GIRL’S VOLLEYBALL 10/1 GIRL’S HIGH H Home
VAR FOOTBALL 10/1 BARTRAM A 58th  & GRAYS
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September 27, 2010

Music Review on new group Neon Trees

By Preston Johns, Class of 2013

Neon Trees is a new rock sensation with their single Animal sitting high at 24 on the rock 100 billboard hot 100. Neon Trees is a combination of style and soft rock, with lead vocalist/keyboardist Tyler Glenn, vocalist/drummer Elaine Bradley, guitarist Chris Allen, and bass player Branden Campbell. This band is from Provo, Utah, but originates from Temcula, California. Neon Trees was a well known band in their hometown but didn’t get fully noticed until late 2008 when they were asked to open for Killer and after this show, Neon Trees was on the map.  After a short time of looking, Neon Trees was picked up by the recording label  Mercury records where they made their new album Habit, their biggest hit so far. This is a great band, and I think most people will love their style and sound. So give it a try! It won’t let you down! Neon Trees website

If you read this review and post a comment with your book number, we will deliver a free Neon Trees poster to your advisory class for you while supplies last.

September 27, 2010

Handwriting

By Tamara Tatevosian, Class of 2011

Writing reflects in graphological patterns what is in your brain. It can give away some of your characteristics as it was noted in an article concerning individuality of handwriting that “using global attributes of handwriting and very few characters in the writing, the ability to determine the writer with a high degree of self-confidence was established” (1). If inspected closely and as this article will tell you: even your gender can be established.

Did you know that if you try to change your usual writing habits, the only thing changed is its pictorial appearance? There was a book written by a forensic psychologist about how the style of handwriting will be the same no matter which hand or even foot, or mouth is used to write since handwriting, according to him, is “centrally organized by the brain and not the appendage”(5).
This practice is conventional in criminology and with the development of technology in some researches computer algorithms are used for extracting features from scanned images of handwriting.
In some studies, gender could be determined by features such as carefulness, neatness, speed. The accuracy was significantly better than chance when trying to distinguish gender. Investigators, in a study, revealed that tidiness for women was significantly higher than for men. And cross cultural studies showed that the influence of gender on handwriting exists in other languages too.

1) Srihari SN, cha SH, Arora H, Lee S. Individuality of handwriting. J Forensic Sci. 2002 Jul;47(4):856-72
2) Hamid S, Lowenthal KM. Inferring gender from handwriting in Urdu and English. J Soc Psychol. 1996 Dec;136(6):778-82
3) Hayes WN. Psychology Department, Albion College, MI 49224, USA.
4) Sappington J, Money M. Sex, gender role, attribution of pathology, and handwriting tidiness. Department of Psychology, Augusta State University, GA 30904-2200, USA
5) (1895) Preyer, W. On the Physiology of Handwriting. Hamburg.

September 27, 2010

Can you read without your eyes?

Skin Vision

By Tamara Tatevosian, Class of 2011

Did you know that there was a phenomenon discovered many years ago where scientists found people that had the ability to read normal text without their eyes?
There have been reports in the media about some people that have the ability to sense colors of an object by touching it with their fingertips. The most famous was Rosa Kuleshova, who could sense the colors of an object along with the ability to read normal text by passing her fingers over it. And did you know that this ability can be perfected by people with visual problems? It was written in a scientific article that nature compensates by increasing other senses in blind people, but it could apply to deaf people or mutes (1).

In 1963, in the Time it was written that neurologists assumed that her fingertips had really sensitive nerve endings very sensitive to light. Maybe that is why she was not able to “read” the print or feel the colors in the dark.
She was inspected by many doctors and some interesting studies had been done on her. Some were when a sheet of glass covered a printed page; Rosa could not read the print there. Also, it was discovered that Rosa could also feel colors and distinguish them by their “texture”: white was smooth, red was coarse-grained, and blue was wavy (2).
But this phenomenon has been ignored in scientific literature, not accepted, and not denied. After many tests done on Rosa, she went back to living her old life but after finding it difficult after all the attention she had before, she began making wild claims about more abilities but was found to be cheating which actually cast some doubt on her abilities in “skin vision”.

Some time later Rosa Kuleshova, having obstructed vision, was reported to have read a reporter’s business card with her elbow. Soon other soviet subjects were found to have likewise abilities and new programs of investigation had begun.
Unfortunately Rosa Kuleshova later died from a brain tumor.

Additionally, this phenomenon has been found in some organisms; photosensitivity not restricted in the eyes found in the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis. The role of the nonvisual photoreception in living organisms is discussed as helping survival of various species (1).

1) Edwards Harry. Eyeless Vision-Thoughtography. Investigator 91, 2003 July.
2) TIME. Seeing Fingertips. Friday, January 25, 1963