Friday, October 17, 2014

A New Female Super Heroine is Going to Become Popular

The natural first instinct to a superhero is probably a muscular man flying in the clouds, but have you ever though about a sixteen year old, Pakistani-American Muslim girl to be your iconic super hero? Didn't think so.

Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona decided to take up the difficult task of meshing together the teenage spirit and hero qualities. Her name is Kamala Khan, living in America by Muslim traditions, and are to create the new Ms. Marvel.  Even though fans are expecting Ms. Marvel to be a tall white woman with perfect hair, they are not quite ready to see what she really is going to be.

Many people do not agree with the idea where super heroines being portrayed as skinny women wearing skin tight suits, and others completely disagree, and prefer the perfect woman. There have been new renderings of both Batgirl and Wonder Woman, where they are not wearing the "swimsuits", but wearing clothes that show a more powerful female. Batgirl is complimented with Doc Martens and a leather jacket, while a huge argument sprouted from Wonder Woman wearing something she normally lacks: pants.

There are so many ways that the new heroines are better for displaying, especially since young viewers love superheroes. Kamala is just one step from great and popular female heroes, the way she completely crushes the old Ms. Marvel: a young blonde woman wearing the iconic suit.

I believe that our feminist cultures are finally getting realized to be important towards all equality, and am very glad this is finally happening. I never liked the whole inappropriate look for Wonder Woman and all of these female heroes/antagonists.

If you want more information, visit this link on NPR.


Tedx is coming to the Bay Area. Tedx is a non profit organization that lets youth speak about issues they care about. Ted is a lovely organization that lets anyone speak and now you can apply to speak at               Tedx  here.

Four years ago a parrot disappeared. The parrot belonged to Darren Chick and the parrots name was Nigel like the name of the grey parrot in Rio. The parrot is an African Grey parrot and it had a British accent. But when it returned recently it was speaking Spanish. The person who found the parrot is named Teresa Mocco. When Mocco found Nigel she found a microchip in the parrot. Then she found the owner Chick was very happy and started crying of happiness.

This article is by: Kasama and Ethan

World's Largest Ice Cream Scoop

A couple of months ago, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin there was a Strawberry Festival. Durring the festival  they kicked off their National Ice Cream Month. Starting with free strawberry ice cream and some people even got to eat from a really big sculptures. They called the sculpture "World's Largest Ice Cream Scoop." They were even put in the Giuness World Record book. 
There were five people making the ice cream sculpture. They are called the Minnesota Big snow. The Kempts Dairy helped make the ice cream and because of that the Minnesota Big Snow made their sign and wrote 100 years. 

The giant ice cream scoop weighed 3,010, was 5'6 feet tall, and 6'2 wide. It was made out of 733 containers of Strawberry ice cream. 

GIANT'S WIN THE PENNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On October 17, 2014 the Giant's win the pennant against the Saint Louise Cardinal's in an amazing walk off home run by Travis Ishikawa with two on and two one out. The Giant's led three to one in the series and the home run in the bottom of the ninth by Isikawa got them into the World Series again. The amazing thing is that they were in one of the wild card spots and surprisingly made it all the way. In the World Series they are playing the Kansas City Royal's who were also in the wild card spot, as a long time Giant's fan I hope they win. GO GIANT'S!!!!!!! 

Hero dog helps pull girl from icy river

There is a dog who is a mega hero. Two girls named Samara and Krymzen Sunshine were playing by an icy river. They both fell into the river. Lucky for this family, a man with his dog were walking right over a bridge. They heard all the commotion and ran down as fast as they could. The man's name is Adam Shaw, and his dogs name is Rocky. Adam was able to pull Krymzen out of the water, but the current was pulling Samara to fast down the river. Adam asked her if she could swim to the edge of the water but she said she could't move her arms or legs. Adam tried to through her Rocky's  leash, but it was to short. By that time she had moved about 50 or 60 feet down the river.

Adam and Rocky ran to her again but she was still to far away. Adams wife called the fire department for help. Adam put Rocky in the water to get her. Rocky managed to get to Krymzen so Adam called him to come back to him. Krymzen's mom said that if two more minutes went by then Krymzen would have been gone. Adam got rewarded with a fire men's hat, and Rocky got a rawhide bone, which he grabbed before the fire man could take of the plastic rapper.

The Giants Are Off to the World Series!

Last night the San Francisco Giants made it to the World Series! The Giants were losing in the first few innings and then Joe Panik hit a home run which made the score 3-2. Later on in the game Brandon Crawford hit a home run and he tied the game 3-3. When it was the top 9th, the Giants held up the Saint Louis Cardinals so they didn't score. When it was the bottom 9th, the Giants were batting. There were two people on base and Travis Ishikawa was batting with one out. Michael Wacha was picthing and Travis hit it far in the distance which made a home run! That made the official score 6-4. Next week the Giants will be playing the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.

Say Goodbye to Peanut Allergies!

Do you have a peanut allergy? Do you wish you could eat peanuts? Well now you can! A scientist and his team, named Wade Young, found a way to change peanuts so that adults and kids that want to eat them can.  Before they can let people eat the "nut" they have to collect more data on it.

The allergy reacts when your body is triggered by peanuts, your body is basically just overreacting to something that is not dangerous treating it dangerously.  To protect the body, your immune systems antibodies "tell" the foreign food particles that the peanut is an enemy invader.  The body responds by releasing its histamines.  The histamines try to get rid of the harmful foods by triggering common allergy symptoms.  Sometimes the histamines will induce anaphylaxis.

Wade made the "peanut" by, breaking whole peanuts with bursts of xenon-light.  The violet colored blasts of light helps inactivate the the major peanut proteins, Ara h1-h3.  They do this to help the human antibodies not to recognize the peanut.  Wade's method could work on all nuts so that people with allergies can try nuts and the different kinds.

Mad Minute Tests Help You!

A lot of people think that, “Mad Minute/one-minute tests” are just tedious, but a study shows that they are actually helping you. According to Stanford scientists, these tests will eventually help you become a math wiz! They have proven this study by looking inside the minds of elementary school students, adolescents, and adults.
This study shows that most kids stop using their fingers to count with and actually try to use the stuff that they memorized at age 8-9. Some kids are already good at adding, subtracting, multiplying, and adding numbers, and those kids become smarter than other when they grow up.
Scientists put together 28 students ages 7-9 to find out why some kids can memorize faster than others. Each student was put in a simple MRI scanning machine; with a screen that projected simple math equations. All the kids had to press a button to see which answer was right or wrong. The scientists recorded their activity even before they pressed a button.
After the MRI scans it showed that the older the kids were the faster their brain was and their accuracy. The scientists saw that there was less activity going on in the prefrontal and parietal area of the brain, than the hippocampus.
The scientists were confused because the hippocampus is the area for long-term storage and not short-term storage.
According to Dr.Menon, the kids with the fastest results were the kids with the healthiest hippocampi.
The scientists than selected 20 adolescents and 20 adults and put them through the same tests. This time there was no reaction from the hippocampus or the prefrontal or parietal area of the brain. They got the answers almost instantly. They know now that they adults and adolescents got the answers almost right away because they have practiced the basic math enough times to memorize it, and it took them very little effort.
Dr. Kathy Mann Koepe believes that if people can mentally do simple math equations then it is harder for these people to do harder equations. Basically they have not memorized the concept of the harder math equations.
Dr. Menon plans to help kids with mental disabilities with their math by giving them one-minute tests, and so scientist can find new ways to help kids with this subject.



Assignments for October 17

First, practice 10FastFingers; then proofread your story from last week — find and fix any typos. Then move to writing a news or feature story for the work and making an Animoto video.

Here are some story ideas for the week:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Hillwood's 65th Annual Barbecue!

On Sunday, Hillwood's 65th annual barbecue will be held at 12:00pm- 4:00pm on October 12. The cabin was lasted from 1949-2014. There will be hikes in Muir Woods, volley ball, basketball, and, a children's play area. Here is interviews from Sophia B. and Leonardo D.
Asiana: "Since you have gone to the barbecue multiple times, are you excited?"
Sophia: "I am excited because its on a weekend so I get to see my friends and there is good food."

Asiana: "Are you excited for your first time going to the barbecue?"
Leonardo: "Yes I am very excited and I think it will be very fun."

Invading Bullfrogs will eat almost anything

American Bullfrogs have been invading Montana's Yellow Stone River.  They will eat anything that will fit in their mouth. American Bullfrogs are a threat to native frogs in the area. From 12 inches long, the frogs would even eat their own kind. The number of frog breeding areas , have quadrupled since 2010. The Bull frogs are causing many problems. They out compete with animals for food, eat
many of the native frogs, and spread fungus that is causing a decline of amphibians.   

 The Frogs were likely to come to this area because farmers must have sold their legs to be eaten. State and federal agencies are stopping the invaders and killing them on sight. They are trying to find a solution to contain their spread. The Bullfrogs came from people releasing them into state water's.

How do we kill the Bullfrogs?  You can kill them in Washington. Do not buy them or keep them.


"Blood of Olympus" Book Review

The Blood Of OlympusThe long awaited book by Rick Riordan is finally out. This book is called "Blood of Olympus" and. came out October 5, 2014. This book is the last of the Hero's of Olympus Series. In this book the seven demigods have to go Greece to stop the Giants. On the way there are conflicts with monsters and such. In the end there is a big fight between the two demigod camps but the end up not fighting and the the seven demigods end up killing Gaea, but one of them is supposedly dead.    

Thank you Mia's Dad!

          In our computer class here at Hillwood Academic Day School we recived some new computers,but from who? Mia's Dad! he was so kind that he donated 4 Laptops titled lenovo T400 ThinkPad's. I estimate these laptops were released in 2009.

           Why I think this laptop is cool is because it has a red circle in the middle of it and you can also use that as a cursor.It is also very cool because it has a finger trackpad. It also has 2 USB ports if you would like to attach a mouse separately.On the back it has a little bump which is a backup battery which is very cool.It charges like any other laptop with a cable.The little bump looks like this.

It has two types of click buttons one on the top and one of the bottom.I think that is for people that have different preferences.

        Here is a little interview to Mia we are going to ask her what she thinks about it.

Me: How do you feel about this donation?

Mia:I feel very happy that i can donate to the school and as vice president i would love to donate more things if possible.

 Me:Do you like the computers yourself?

 Mia: Yes, i don't mind. They are okay but this is what I could get and 4 laptops are better than nothing.    

 Me:Would you like to have one at home just for you?

 Mia: I don't mind, I have my own laptop.

 Me:Would you prefer it more than your Mac?

 Mia: No I am not sure. I honestly don't really care. As long as it works I am okay with it.

 Me:Thank you very much for answering.

         That is it.Thank you very much for reading my post and here are some picture of the lenovo T400.Thanks to Mia's dad again.


Typing Test Scores

Every week before we do the hillwood herald we do a typing test called ten fast fingers here are everyones scores for october!!

Airplane ride 15 hours long

A plane called Qantas Airbus A380 has went the longest airline rout. The plane started in Sydney, Australia and went to Dallas, Texas. This very long trip took 15 hours. The plane landed on Monday at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The Qantas's ride was 8,578 miles long. Qantas is the world's biggest passenger plane. The plane had 484 passengers on board and it was very full. For business class it costs $7,000,  and for first class it costs $13,000. In first class you get a mattress and pajamas. Now the people who were driving or in charge of this journey are wanting to do ride from Dallas to Dubai. If you want to find out more on this go to tween

HUGE Underground Ocean is Probably the Reason for the Surface of Our Seas

A professor, named Stevenson Jacobsen, at the Northwestern University and a seismologist, named Brandon Schmandt, from the University of Mexico, found proof that our oceans could've emerged from a reserve that is 400 miles below Earth's crust.  Brandon studied the seismic waves of 500 earthquakes.  His team noticed that the speed of waves slowed down when it passed through ringwoodite.  Jacobsen's team found the same thing when they did their technique except that it was a mineral in their lab.  When the waves went through the ringwoodite, wtaer squeezed out of it.

The water gets stored in the transition zone because the ringwoodite has a crystal structure that is like a sponge so it stores the water.  Since the pressure is mixed with high temperatures, the water splits into hydoxyl radical.  This finding helps scientists to figure out that our oceans are probably the result of geological activity pushing out some of the large reserves that are underneath, it also means that our oceans have been the same size for millions of years.  

Our school's new student council

    We have our student council. Oliver is our new treasurer,  Asiana is our president ,  our vice president is Mia and our new secretary is Natasha.  They have their meetings on Wednesday and share all of their ideas. So far,  All of them agreed on the idea of having the of a Lego club.  I talked to Natasha and she said that she feels wonderful to be secretary,even though she ran unopposed.  And she said loves running for student council.  I also spoke with Oliver and he said it is fun to be the new   treasurer and help the school do fundraisers.  It sounds like he is having fun to me being treasurer I talked to Asiana and she said she feels great and she feels like she has more responsibilities  .  And lastly I spoke with Mia and she said she feels happy and it is a fresh start.Now you have met the new student council.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Looking for something Fun to Watch?

Have you ever been bored or are you looking for a new YouTube channel to watch?  Then I have the perfect channel for you.
This channel is about  girl and her pet.  Can you guess who that is?  Wait for it, wait for it...It's me!  I have a YouTube channel called RioandMeVlog.  I do all sorts of videos.  I haven't done very many but I'm rtrying to do my best.  If you want to see pictures go to google images and look up RioandMeVlog and the first few pictures will have me and Rio.  

So I hope you watch and if so I hope you enjoy the videos that I make.

Wrriten By: Claire P.

Save Baby Sea Turtles

Life isnt easy for baby sea turtles. Even if their lucky enough to hatch before egg hunters find them they still have to get to the ocean very fast and dodge things like crabs birds or raccoons. Most experts say that not all hatchlings will make it to adulthood. But now a whole lot more threats are making their lives harder by leaving plastic debis everywhere. Luckily there are some people that want to help as many baby sea turtles as possible. Tourists gather as 150 hatchlings scramble into the water. The island where all the turtles are released is an important place for baby sea turtles are kept. There are a lot of conversations about sea turtles. Most sea turtles nest at their own birth places even a small strip of sand can make their lives easier.