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The 40 finalists for the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
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The 40 finalists for the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Blair seniors excel in Regeneron Science Talent Search

On Jan. 23, the Society for Science and the Public and Regeneron named 40 finalists for the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search. Of these 40 high school seniors from across the nation, four of them hailed from Montgomery Blair High School, an astounding one tenth of all finalists.

Confidentiality concerns arise with the new countywide counselor sign-up

Students are now required to fill out a detailed online Google form each time they visit the counseling office, in compliance with a new Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) mandate.

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Blair mourns the loss of a student

Junior Isaque Oliveira was a quiet student with big ideas. Friends remember how he was fun and caring. In class he looked for the big picture and pursued topics further. Early on the morning of January 31, however, Oliveira took his own life. He is survived by his mother and father, his older brother and his younger sister.

Musician Emmanuel Jal speaks at Blair

Musician and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal came to speak at Blair last Tuesday in the auditorium during fourth period. He also held workshops during both sixth and eighth periods in the media center.

Mary Beth Tinker speaks at Blair

Mary Beth Tinker spoke in the auditorium during fifth and sixth lunches on Feb. 22. She was invited to speak to by OneBlair, a student run activist group, about her famous free speech case, Tinker v. Des Moines and what it means to her to be able to have the same rights in and out of the classroom.

Blair's turf field makeover

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is replacing the playing surface of Blair's artificial turf field after concerns arose from an October 2016 inspection. Construction began in January and is expected to last until March.

Changes coming to government and biology HSAs

The Maryland State Department of Education is in the process of changing the government High School Assessment (HSA) test and plans to phase out the biology HSA test next year.
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Hands-free is not risk-free

Self-driving cars are no longer a science fiction fantasy. They're a reality that has hit the roads and could soon dominate them in the next few years. As of October 2016, all Tesla vehicles are being equipped with HW2 (Hardware 2), the new enhanced autopilot/full self-driving feature.

FDA approves first digital pill

The FDA recently approved a pill that can track whether the patient has ingested the pill or not. It's called "Abilify MyCite," and aims to treat schizophrenia, and manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I.

What Are Bitcoins?

You've probably heard of bitcoins through the news or in passing conversations, but what exactly are bitcoins, and how do they work? SCO is here to tell you the basics of what we know.