Blast Off Into Week 3!

Welcome back to SCISOC’s fortnightly newsletter! We hope everybody’s first two weeks of Term 2 went along swimmingly. To top off everyone’s fortnight, we have a newsletter filled with many interesting articles - from bite-sized Science News articles to read on the go, to our latest Fun Corner feature, where you can learn how to destress after a long day of classes with yoga - so brace yourselves!
Pet Competition Results!
Thank you to everybody who submitted pictures of their pets! We received many amazing submissions, and we had a blast looking through them all, although it was very difficult to narrow it down. Nevertheless, here are the winners of the Pet Competition!
Category: Best Dressed Pet
For this category, we judged submissions based on the creativity of the outfits, and how well the pets managed to pull them off. We had quite a few submissions for this category, with each being cuter than the last.

Winner: Mehak Arya and their dog Tuffy!
Tuffy is a crossbreed of a Teacup Pomeranian and a Chihuahua, commonly fondly referred to as a Pomchi dog. A fun fact about Tuffy is that he hates water. He doesn't enjoy showering, nor does he appreciate it when his toys are thrown into the pool. He also likes to bark at the hose and anyone swimming in the pool.

We chose Tuffy as our winner because we thought the pumpkin outfit was very creative. It seems homemade, and it was clearly made with a lot of skill. Congratulations to Tuffy and Mehak!
Category: Funniest Pet
This category was made to accept and embrace all of the funniest photos you had of your pet. The submissions were amazing enough to give us our yearly dose of serotonin, and we can’t thank you enough for them.

Winner: Hilary Cao and their dog Yoshi!
Yoshi is a 5-month-old Bichon Frise puppy. He doesn't like baths, but unfortunately, he is too small to escape the sink. A fun fact about his name is that he's named Yoshi because he makes the 'mlem' sound like the Nintendo character.

We found this picture absolutely delightful, and it all made us laugh a lot. Congratulations to Hilary and Yoshi for winning this category!
Category: Most Talented Pet
This category was a little special, as we only allowed for video submissions. We saw the many amazing tricks all of your pets could do, each more impressive than the last, and they were an absolute joy to watch. 

Winner: Edwin Phamanivanh and their dog Poppy!
Poppy is a 6 month old mini sausage dog (AKA a mini dachshund). Her coat is really soft and shiny, which is a result of Edwin and their family grooming her daily. 

In the submission, Poppy stood on her hind legs for a treat, and displayed incredible balance while doing so. We thought that this was something truly spectacular, and as a result, Poppy has been declared the winner of this category!
Category: Best Photo
Our final category allowed for aspiring photographers out there to finally flex their skills and submit the best picture they could take of their pet. We judged these submissions based on lighting, composition and overall aesthetics of the image. Our conclusion? There are some truly talented photographers within the SCISOC community!

Winner: Jasmine Wang and their dogs, Koby (left) and Ruby (right)!

Koby and Ruby are both cavoodle dogs. A fun fact about them is that  Koby loves to lean on Ruby every time they have a nap, which is absolutely adorable.

We chose this picture as our winner because we thought it worked very well as a photograph. The picture is under-saturated, giving it a very soft vibe. The subjects are centered, which lets the eyes immediately be drawn to the amazing models that are Koby and Ruby. Finally, the picture overall warmed the very cockles of our hearts, which is why we've decided to announce Jasmine, Koby and Ruby as the winners for this category!
Special Mention
We'd also like to give a special mention to Jonathan and their cat, as they've submitted photos for every single category.

Thank you for the submissions! They were an absolute joy to look over, and we wish you and your cat a great day!
The winners will get a discount for the newly released SCISOC hoodies, where they'll receive 35% off the general sale price, as well as a feature on our Facebook page.
Once again, thank you to everybody who submitted photos! Keep your eyes peeled for future events like these, with more fun to be had and much more prizes to be won!
SCISOC MasterChef! (6:00 - 8:00pm, 19th June)

Are you ready to show off your cooking skills in an all-out battle for the title of the Master Chef? SCISOC presents: SCISOC MasterChef! This is a two-hour long event, where the aspiring chefs of UNSW can show off their culinary expertise for the chance to dazzle the student population and win a prize!
With many inspirational recipes to choose from and prepare (or, if you would like to, a recipe you’ve prepared yourself), anybody has a chance to participate, whether you’re an amateur or a professional!
Winners will receive a $15 gift card for KOI Dessert Bar, so grab your frying pans and spatulas and get ready to cook! Visit our Facebook page for more details about the competition.
FMAA Webinar (Wednesday 24th June)
Are you a STEM student wondering how to pursue a career in business? Come along to FMAA'S STEM Alternative Webinar in collaboration with STEM orientated societies from UNSW and USYD to learn more about a career in management consulting, financial services and more. 

There will be a live Q&A to answer all your burning questions and is a perfect opportunity to gain insight on different industries and to network. 

Register here before 11:59pm on 21st June.

Visit the Facebook event for more details.


UNSW SCISOC hoodies are here and ready to order! To get your hands on this winter’s biggest crossover event between STYLE and WARMTH featuring 290GSM, and a blend of 80% cotton and 20% polyester, fill out the form here, then transfer the displayed amount into the account. For further details checkout the full event here.

With our amazing range of hoodie colours, you can pop in pink, get cosy in grey, go wild in gold, be bold in black or weather the cold in white.

Don’t worry if you missed out on early bird prices, because you can still order for their general sale!

ARC: $40

Non-ARC: $45

BCG Scholarship Program 

BCG has now opened their 2020 Scholarship Program! 

There are two scholarships available - one for female applicants as BCG's commitment to support woman to build successful careers and another opened for everyone. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to not only compete for one of the two $20,000 scholarships but to potentially secure a graduate position. 

Check out the Facebook event and apply now! 

Join us at our Facebook page and Discord to stay up to date with all of SCISOC’s future events.
Whether you are returning to online learning or just getting started in Term Two, check out SCISOC’s First Year Guide under the publications tab of the website, for all the tips and tricks to acing uni life and establishing a rhythm over the coming term.

After a few brief complications, SCISOC’s website is BACK and better than ever. In fact, stay tuned because soon it will be undergoing improvements, including a new look with new features.

Check out our new Home page, which now boasts a countdown of the number of members between our committee and larger member base. On our About page, find out the work being done by each portfolio and how they make the SCISOC the way it is. Visit Our Team page to discover the team members across the entirety of SCISOC - between subcommittee members, directors and execs. Go to our Events page to see all the latest updates, photos and recaps from our events. The publications page has a revamped vibe, and is the go to spot to access our First Year Guide and Prospectus. Don’t forget to check out our Contact Us page, where you will find all the links to follow us, from Facebook to LinkedIn! Just click on the new icons and get in touch with us online.
Did NASA really discover a parallel universe?

There have been multiple news reports that NASA has discovered a parallel universe that goes backwards in time, and you may be wondering, is this really true or fake news? In the Daily Star article, it reported that “a cosmic ray detection experiment has found particles that could be from a parallel realm that also was born in the Big Bang when two universes were formed — ours and one that from our perspective is running in reverse with time going backward.” This news quickly spread wide across the internet… without much fact-checking, leading to over-sensationalization.

The basis of these reports stem from the scientific discoveries from ANITA, an experiment conducted by NASA scientists which “involves an array of radio antennas attached to a helium balloon which flies over the Antarctic ice sheet at 37,000 metres. The antennas can "listen" to the cosmos and detect high-energy particles, known as neutrinos, which constantly bombard the planet,” quotes CNET.

The real bizarre discovery is that scientists have found that these neutrinos hit the Earth through the Earth’s interior, rather than from space. This phenomenon cannot be explained with our modern understanding of physics and hence there is not enough evidence of these neutrinos to prove the existence of a parallel universe.
TLDR; Fact check everything you read on the the internet. NASA did not discover a parallel universe.

Read more
SpaceX Launchoff Kickstarts a New Era of Commercial Space Tourism

In a historic mission dubbed Demo-2, on May 30th at 3:22pm EDT, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from the Kennedy Space Centre with two astronauts aboard. They were on their way to the International Space Station, which would be a 19 hour flight, in a bid to send humans into orbit on a commercial spacecraft for the first time in history.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA collaborated to make this project happen, with NASA having donated two of their veteran astronauts (Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley) so that they could fly the Falcon 9. This mission not only proved that it was possible and safe to fly commercially built spacecrafts, but also opens up a whole new industry regarding commercial space travel. In fact, a company called Space Adventures has signed a deal with SpaceX, where they’ll be planning to bring about orbital tourism by the year 2022. 

The Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off on the Falcon 9 rocket, which is revolutionary for its kind as it’s able to take off and land, as demonstrated here. The rocket isn’t the only revolutionary piece of equipment, however. The Crew Dragon cost $1.7 billion to build, as opposed to the usual $27.4 billion used for each space shuttle by NASA. The Crew Dragon is the first of its kind to be able to be controlled with touch-screen controls, as well as autonomously dock and undock from the ISS. It’ll be able to carry up to 4 people, as well as 100kg worth of cargo, although for the Demo-2, there were only two passengers.

Behnken and Hurley landed on the ISS at 10:16am EDT on the 31st of May. The estimated mission length is anywhere from 30-90 days, and has yet to be decided, although this particular Crew Dragon can stay in orbit for up to 110 days.

To find out more about this mission, check out NASA’s articles about this mission (pre-launch and post-arrival), as well as this article to learn more about the future privitisation of space.
Back to uni usually means back to sitting at your desk in the least ergonomical way possible, so in this issue of the Fun Corner we have looked into some chair yoga poses that you can try to relieve pain and tension in your body from sitting all day at your desk!

Cat Cow Pose 
This pose helps improve your posture and balance, and can relieve back pain!
Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Inhale, and arch your spine forwards, rolling your shoulders back and down. Exhale, round your spine, and tuck in your chin, allowing your shoulders and head to come forward.
Pigeon Pose 
Sit up straight, and bring your right ankle to rest on your left thigh, keeping the knee in line with your ankle on your raised leg. To intensify the stretch, lean your torso forwards as if to touch your leg with your chest. Keep your back straight when doing this, and you should feel a stretch in your outer thigh on the raised leg. Repeat with the other leg.

Doing this pose opens the hip joint and also stretches the thighs, gluteals and piriformis muscles, which means that it can diminish lower back pain and improves posture and alignment. It also is greatly satisfying to just stretch out that glute.
Forward Bend
Begin with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Exhale, and bend from the waist and bring your torso to your thighs, keeping your back straight. Let your head hang heavy and touch your hands to the floor. Inhale, raise your torso back up and lift your arms above your head. Repeat.

Doing the forward bend pose stretches the hips, hamstrings and calves and also keeps your spine strong and flexible. More health benefits include stimulating the liver and kidneys, and improving digestion.
UNSW Science Society is proud to announce our continued partnership with GradReady through 2020. GradReady provides GAMSAT Preparation courses for anyone looking to pursue Medicine after they graduate.
This process starts earlier than you think, so if you’re studying medical science or just have that passion, check out what they have to offer!
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