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Prosthetic Progress

Estelle Martin, Senior Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

The Prosthetics Lab at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital is a stark contrast to the surrounding building. Outside the doors of the lab, ordinary, sterile waiting rooms bustle with patients and family members. Inside the Prosthetics Lab, however, many of the rooms resemble a machine shop, including one caked with cream ...

Crossing the Line

Allison Mou

May 22, 2019

Amid the dust being kicked up by the runners, John Tayeri, senior captain of the cross-country team, emerges over the crest of the hill, triumphant, wearing a pink head- band and neon orange running shoes, the Nike Vaporfly 4%. When these $250 shoes were unveiled in 2017, they were released with a Nike-sponsored peer...

The gathered clear glass wrapped around the purple center is lifted into the gloryhole. The glass taken out of the main furnace must be kept hot in order to retain its malleability. (Photo by Kaitlyn Khoe)

All About That Glass

May 22, 2019

Shaping superhot glass with surprising confidence, first year Palo Alto High School sophomore glassblower E...

Fine Prints

Fine Prints

May 22, 2019

A small black box zooms around, depositing thin strings of molten plastic on a growing structure, la...

Beyond the Blueprint

Beyond the Blueprint

May 22, 2019

A laser cutter. 3D printers. Foam board for prototyping. A computer numerical control machine for fabricating...

A pillar outside the entrance to the Mitchell Park Community Center enshrines the building’s LEED Platinum status. It earned more than 80 points out of 110 on the certification scorecard for its various sustainability features. “LEED platinum is actually the highest honor you can get … then it goes down to Gold, Silver and Certified,” Tam says.

LEED-ing the Effort

May 22, 2019

A cold blast of air and muted, sterile odor mean little more than a welcome respite for library-goers...


MUD HENS: The American Coot, or mud hen, spends most of its time foraging for food above and below the water. Although they are comfortable swimmers, these birds are clumsy in flight, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since they are widespread across the US, they are often used as a proxy for ecosystem health.

In the Weeds

February 27, 2019

Walking through the winter sprinkles at the Baylands, the high tide comes right up to the edge of the...

Striped Shore Crabs eat everything from kelp to snails. Although they must wet their gills occasion- ally, they can stay out of the water up to 70 hours, according to Animal Diversity Web.

A Deep Look Into the Shallows

February 27, 2019

As the tide retreats and the coast returns from submergence, the abundance of marine life becomes ap...

Alix Barry poses for an underwater photo while diving in Belize, where she spent a summer working for the Belize Conservatory. Photo by Jessie Kaull and art by Estelle Martin

Diving In

February 27, 2019

“Imagine you are under water, off of a secluded island in the middle of the Caribbean, and you are...

Thermohaline Circulation

Thermohaline Circulation

February 27, 2019

For something seldom mentioned, thermohaline circulation is massively important in climate regulation. T...

Standing on their shoulders

Calvin Yan

February 25, 2019

We at Veritas magazine try not to discern between STEM people — or those who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — and non-STEM people. Our audience is the student body: not students taking AP science classes, not students with scientist parents, not even students who know what the four-letter acronym...

Eating Your Allergies

Eating Your Allergies

December 10, 2018

  "This is a peanut free zone!” We all remember the designated lunch tables in elementary school tha...