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This Veterans Day, on Saturday, thanking a veteran for their service should be the last thing on your mind. Many of our nation’s heroes do not know how to respond to this attention. From every war, there are those who bravely fought to make it back to their friends and family, but they do not always return whole. Some have lost arms or legs, the cost of the dangerous wor…

Students from 16 local schools came together last Saturday to compete in the Moog Regional Rocketry Challenge. This competition included two rocket launches for each team as well as some prizes at the end of the day. But the Moog competition was more than just one day of rocket launches. Over the past month and a half, competing schools have built rockets from scratch. …

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Playing sports can be physically taxing, so athletes often lift weights to improve their strength and power. While weight training is safe and beneficial for adults, some people question its safety for young people. Some adults fear that weight training in childhood or adolescence will stunt growth or lead to injuries. But many local experts say these fears are, for the…

How do you explain a topic as complicated and misunderstood as math to the general public? Professor Eugenia Cheng’s answer was to write a book about math using baking as a means of explaining fairly complex mathematical concepts. While baking is in its own sense a challenging skill, Cheng uses basic ideas about things like the methods of mixing certain ingredients to co…

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From niche market to global phenomenon, eSports is changing the way we think about sports. Despite the rapid growth of eSports in recent years, many people are either unaware of or confused by the concept of competitive gaming. eSports are competitive multi-player video games typically played by professional gamers. Similar to traditional professional sports, the term eS…

"The Epic Crush of Genie Lo," written by F.C. Yee, is a spectacular young adult novel packed with action, adventure and an underlying romance. Between the use of rich Chinese folklore and witty banter, Yee’s debut novel is sure to grab readers, and keep them on the edge of their seats. The inclusion of a strong, female heroine is a refreshing take on modern literature, a…

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If you’ve left your house in the last couple years, you’ve probably heard everybody raving about Adult Swim’s new show, "Rick and Morty." It’s a sci-fi comedy cartoon created by and starring Justin Roiland about a mad scientist named Rick and his hilariously bizarre adventures with his grandson, Morty. "Rick and Morty" features all kinds of strange alien characters, land…

The clash of the drums made the audience roar with excitement when Mount St. Mary Academy hosted the 10th annual Mountstock Battle of the Bands on Oct. 7. Mountstock is an annual outdoor event that brings together teens from all over the area. At this fun-filled event, local high school bands perform and the audience votes for the winner. A few the bands that performed i…

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Few movies have been more highly anticipated by Buffalonians than Reginald Hudlin’s "Marshall," which was filmed in our city. For the most part, the film lives up to the hype. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown, "Marshall" follows the true story of Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first African-American Supreme Court justice, and…

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Last week, Theresa Payton, cybersecurity expert and former White House CIO, spoke at UB as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Payton, who was the first female CIO of cybersecurity at the White House, now has her own company for private cybersecurity. Payton attended Immaculata University for undergraduate school. She said she went into college thinking, "I have to…

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The USS Croaker, the USS The Sullivans, and the USS Little Rock are iconic pieces of Buffalo’s history, sitting quietly at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park at Canalside. Their doors are open to tourists by day, but by night, they take on a different life. Under the leadership of tour guides from the Buffalo-based paranormal investigation company Beyon…

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"Blade Runner 2049" is set 30 years after the influential and ground-breaking 1982 "Blade Runner," and aims to continue the original film’s story while further developing the fascinating, but bleak world of the future. "Blade Runner" told the story of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a police officer charged with hunting down and destroying any "Replicants" – robots that loo…

Yaa Gyasi writes about a "literal upstairs and downstairs." That’s how the author of "Homegoing," a work of historical fiction, put it during an Oct. 12 lecture at Niagara University. The success of "Homegoing" has already established Gyasi, who is 28, as a powerful and influential author. But as she presented to almost 200 people at Niagara, it was clear she possesses t…

Victor Wooten, one of the best electric bass players of all time, will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend and will perform a piece composed just for him. "Victor is a very unique artist," said BPO Resident Director Stefan Sanders. "There is no one who can do what he does on the electric bass. His reputation certainly precedes him. "I cannot wait to meet…

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On June 1, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, sending shock waves throughout the world. The president reiterated his "America First" policy, which protects our economy and the jobs of millions of American citizens. The goal of the Paris Climate Accord is to reduce carbon emissions in each nation in the hopes of decreasing global temp…