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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?


By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project



Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible technological advances and other discoveries and it is now hard to know what is fact or fiction. Let’s see if you can tell.

Science Fact or Science Fiction? There is an animal that has survived all five mass extinctions on the plant, can live without water for extended periods of time, has dagger-like teeth, and has survived in the vacuum and intense radiation of outer space.

FACT: The Tardigrades have lived on earth longer than almost every other living organism on the planet. They have survived in some of deadliest conditions possible: in deserts without any recorded rainfall for decades; in boiling water; embedded in solid ice; in the deepest trenches of our oceans where the water pressure could crush an automobile; and even outer space. They also have dagger-like teeth and four to eight claws on each of their eight legs. There is no need to worry though; they are microscopic organisms approximately 1.2 millimeters long.

Science Fact or Science Fiction? When in space, astronauts experience no gravity at all.

FICTION: While this is more of a misconception about what really happens, it is still fiction. There is no place in the universe that has no gravitational pull at all. Gravity gets weaker the farther away from the planet, star, or any other object with mass. This means that even though it may seem as though there is no gravity in deep space, there is always a little bit of pull. Also, astronauts orbiting the earth are actually using the earth’s gravity. What happens is they fall with the earth’s curve, so they are traveling so fast that as they fall, the earth curves. This is what makes them orbit the earth without actually crashing into the planet.

Science Fact or Science Fiction? As technology advances, so does warfare. That means that eventually our battles will look like those from Star Wars.

FICTION: The battles in Star Wars are completely fictional. Sure, lasers can kill people and cut things open. The biggest problem with real life blasters is that they are lasers and would not look like they do in the movies. For lasers to be seen they must be in contact with some object. You can see lasers on w .....
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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Body image and the media

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The media is often blamed for influencing the way that individuals feel about their body image. Many people of society have expressed concern with the way that the media presents its advertisements, photos, and overall appearance. The individuals ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, may ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, maybe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelt ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: New Year’s resolution

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

While most people are making their New Year’s resolutions about losing weight or getting active, you could be making yours to save a pet in need. According to ASPCA (2014) there are approximately 7.6 million animals that are sent to animal shelter ..... 
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