Caleb Obico

Caleb Obico (’25) is a Staff Writer for The Lancer.

What was here before: Colossal resurrects the woolly mammoth and dodo

by Caleb Obico (’25) | March 31, 2023 The woolly mammoth and dodo bird went extinct centuries ago; however, a team of researchers and scientists at the biotech company Colossal are working to bring them both back to life—perhaps sooner than we might think. Colossal aims to resurrect ancient creatures for the purposes of scientific…

Researchers mimic human brain with neuromorphic computers

by Caleb Obico (’25) | October 7, 2022 The human brain is one of the most complex and intriguing aspects of nature. Humans’ ability to process new information, recognize patterns, and learn from our mistakes is unrivaled by other animals and machines. However, researchers are trying to challenge that.  In the last half century, computing…

Researchers create microscopic synthetic life form “xenobot”

by Caleb Obico (’25) | April 8, 2022 When people think of the word robot, they typically imagine a metal contraption reminiscent of a sci-fi movie. They may picture intelligent droids or simply a wind-up toy that resembles Wall-E. What people usually do not imagine is a living, breathing machine made out of frog cells,…

Resurrecting the Tasmanian tiger

by Caleb Obico (’25) | March 21, 2022 The Tasmanian tiger was a species of carnivorous Australian marsupial that lived on the island of Tasmania after being driven to extinction on the mainland. When settlers arrived, their misguided beliefs that the tigers would kill livestock, combined with competition from dingoes, drove the species’ numbers steadily…

Working “9 to 5”: student-run musical wows audience

by Caleb Obico (’25) and Anika Bastin (’23) | February 14, 2022 From January 27 to 29, the Performing Arts Center opened for performances of 9 to 5: The Musical, the student-run show. The musical, directed by Sarah Vorrath (’22), focuses on three women in a 1970s workplace — Doralee, Judy, and Violet, played by…

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