US-China Trade Relationship

Nikitha Srinivasan

The trade deficit with China was $310.8 billion in 2020, and the number continues to rise. As an economic leader in the past, the United States had been tasked with supporting emerging nations in their efforts to construct a stable economic system. China was no exception, since we have been one of their most important trading partners. The United States aided China’s economy to become one of the best in the world, but now that they have reached the level of success, they no longer want or need our help. However, we, The United States, are the ones who need help now. 

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COVID-19, Genetic Mutations, And 2nd Waves

Nikitha Srinivasan

In India, there are roughly 25,000,000 instances of Covid-19, with 290,000 deaths as a result of the virus. Only 3% of India’s population has got all of their vaccinations, whereas 9.2% have got at least one dose. Because India produces 60% of the world’s covid-19 vaccinations, having them struggle to be vaccinated is alarming. India has difficulty exporting vaccinations to foreign countries while still vaccinating its own residents. 

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Technological Advancements

Li-Yen Ho

According to a 2019 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenagers 13-18 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens even before the pandemic struck. Now, high school students are forced to take classes online and factor in more time in front of a computer. During the pandemic, especially, most social interaction takes place over text or video call. Some extracurricular activities would also have moved online, causing many, including teenagers, to spend both productive and recreational time on a device. While many people, including myself, have spent hours scrolling through social media on their phones, scientists and engineers have been at work designing new technology.

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COVID Vaccination Updates

Nikitha Srinivasan

President Biden told reporters about 90% of adults in the U.S. will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations by April 19 (April 15 for California) and will be eligible to even get them within five miles from their homes. According to Our World in Data, As of April 11th, there are 70.7 million Americans who are fully vaccinated and a total of 183 million doses have been given out. In other words, 21.5% of the population is vaccinated. In just California, 22.8 million doses have been administered and 21.1% of the population is vaccinated.  Three covid vaccines have been authorized use from the companies Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. As of April 19th, the public (above the age of 16) can go get the vaccine. 

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Global Warming

Nikitha Srinivasan

Global warming and climate change are often confused. There is a huge dichotomy between global warming and climate change. Global warming generally refers to human-induced warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, while climate change can apply to both inorganic and organic changes. To slow down climate change, we must first slow down global warming, which is caused by humans. 

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Vaccine Distribution

Natalie Bachman

While vaccine production was a feat in itself, mass distribution is a long anticipated procedure that we have now been faced with. Although vaccines typically take years to produce, the two main distributors, Moderna and Pfizer, produced the vaccine in a few months. With no hard plan, though, the general public may not be able to receive doses until summer or fall of 2021.

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Beyond Our Planet: 2020

Natalie Bachman

2020 was undoubtedly an unusual year, throwing its own set of twists and turns. Amid a pandemic, civil rights movements, and a presidential election, humanity still managed to explore the world we live in – or rather, what lies beyond. Despite the raging pandemic, the aerospace community managed to further space exploration, and establish our knowledge of the vast universe we live in.

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