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Ayush Raj

Ayush Raj (’23) is currently the Vol. 59 Science Editor for The Lancer. He was a Staff Writer for Vol. 58.

Underwater volcanic eruption devastates Tonga

by Ayush Raj (’23) | February 14, 2022 On January 15, an underwater volcano erupted in Tonga, a small Pacific island nation. The force was equivalent to that of a nuclear bomb, and the explosion launched a towering mushroom cloud into the atmosphere that spread 20 kilometers wide and, by one estimate, 39 kilometers high.…

The global semiconductor chip shortage

by Ayush Raj (’23) | October 11, 2021 From smartphones in our pockets to routers powering the internet to jet planes flying above us, chips, or semiconductors, are tiny little powerhouses, often unseen by their end users, that are used in almost all electronic devices to keep our digital world humming. They are the building…

The rise of the mysterious new crypto craze: NFTs

by Ayush Raj (’23) | May 10, 2021 In 2006, Jack Dorsey, founder and CEO of Twitter, made his first tweet. In March of 2021, he put up the same tweet for sale, and the CEO of a Malaysian Blockchain company purchased it for almost three million dollars. In case you are wondering how such…

What’s up with WhatsApp?

by Ayush Raj (’23) | March 1, 2021 It’s an app used by more than one billion people across the globe to stay in touch. Its users send 65 billion messages and spend more than 2 billion minutes in video and voice calls every day. In February of 2014, Facebook purchased it for a whopping…

With deepfakes, seeing is not believing

by Ayush Raj (’23) | November 16, 2020 In March 2019, the CEO of a UK-based energy company received a call from his German parent company’s leader with an order to transfer €220,000 to a Hungarian supplier. A follow-up email matched the phone call instructions, so the CEO promptly transferred the money. However, once the…

Elon Musk’s Neuralink may eradicate brain-related illnesses

by Ayush Raj | October 5, 2020 Imagine a day where blindness, memory loss, depression, seizures, and brain damage are a thing of the past. Hard to believe? Billionaire Elon Musk’s company Neuralink hopes to achieve this and more using an implantable chip inside the human brain. On August 28, 2020, Musk and his team…

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