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Why We Are Afraid

Why We Are Afraid

On August 5th, 1945 the crew of the Enola Gay ensured that the word ‘nuclear’ will always have a dark connotation. Even in today’s world, people still equate reactors to mushroom clouds. While it is indeed true that nuclear power stations have their dangers, advances mean we do not have to blindly fear this method

Students Making McGill More Sustainable

The McGill Energy Project is an initiative that aims to promote sustainable, student-led projects. Lately, they have been making waves by involving themselves with CodeJam, an energy analysis of the RVC residence and other events on campus. The ledger sat down with MEP founder Marc-Etienne Brunet to talk about sustainability, McGill, and getting students involved

Beat the Printing Cartel

Back in the days before I quit Reddit, I came across an interesting post about the price of printer ink. It stated that printer ink goes for $5500/L, and then compared it with various other less expensive liquids, including Chanel No. 5 perfume, which is a mere $3180/L. Another post I saw was a picture

Redefining the Gaming Console

On November 15th, Sony finally launched its next generation PlayStation 4 console. Within just 24 hours, it had already sold about 1 million devices; greatly surpassing the PS3’s launch numbers. Microsoft’s new Xbox One is also went on sale shortly after, on November 22nd specifically, just one week following Sony’s PS4 release. These two devices,

Do We Need to Demilitarize McGill? An Interview with Demilitarize McGill

Earlier this semester Demilitarize McGill approached the Plumber’s Ledger, looking to reach out to McGill’s engineering community. So, we sat down and had a little chat about what Demilitarize is, research ethics, stickering, their desire to involve engineering students, and more. Plumber’s Ledger: What is Demilitarize McGill? Demilitarize McGill: We’re a group of students, past

Why Fear Nuclear?

Clean energy is one of the biggest issues in the past years. Concerns about fracking, Keystone XL, and Albertan Oil sands production are rampant across social media and mainstream news outlets. This past year even saw a movement to “Divest” McGill’s money away from petrochemical production, towards green energy. The Divest McGill, like many environmental

Recipe to Better Image Quality

Since the advent of digital cameras, manufacturers have used megapixel count as a marketing spec to “quantify” the quality of the images their device could take. Quickly enough, a high number of pixels was associated in consumers’ minds with better images. Even in smartphones, every device upgrade would entail a rise in the camera megapixel

The Age of Wearable Tech

We can see it coming; as technology gets more and more personal, with apps and services to control most aspects of our daily life, manufacturers are trying to find ways to make accessing information even more convenient than checking our smartphone or tablet. Although Bluetooth headsets did not get the success initially expected, mostly due