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2020: Is this the Year of Empathetic Artificial Intelligence?

This may be the possible future of space travel if AI were effectively taught to be empathetic. Astronauts could receive mental health support on long missions if this were the case.

Michelle Kim, General Editor

April 20, 2020

     At a conference at Dartmouth College in 1956, the word “artificial intelligence” was first uttered. Now, nearly seventy years later, artificial intelligence (AI) is at the cusp of becoming emotionally intelligent with the capability to empathize with astronauts on Mars. Artificial intelligenc...

Personal Choices are not the Superman of Preventing Climate Change

Pictured above are various actions you can take in preventing climate change on a small-scale level. Still, these individual choices will not be our planet's saving grace.

Abby Saks

March 23, 2020

According to recent studies, 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 were produced by just 100 companies. Still, many people preach the idea that, if every person tries to reduce their own carbon footprints through their personal choices, the problem of climate change would be eradicate...

Jekyll and Hyde: The Genetically Modified Foods Controversy

Yilin Xie

February 3, 2020

While some say that genetically modified foods (GM foods) hold the potential to solve many of the world’s crises, others consider GM foods unsafe and dangerous to not only people but the planet as well. In BCA, the most popular opinion on the impacts of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is neutral, but the majority of those students s...

BCA Research Expo 2019

Angela Yuan, AAST junior, in front of her research poster on agriculture.

Michelle Kim

March 14, 2019

Michelle Kim Observant drivers passing by the Bergen County Academies may have been confused by the congregation of students, teachers, and parents entering the building on a recent Sunday. Little did these passersby know that inside the building, a bustling science fair was taking place – BC...

A Look into Watson’s Views on Race and Intelligence

American geneticist James Dewey Watson in front of a drawing of DNA, which he aided in the discovery of.

Michelle Kim

February 12, 2019

James Dewey Watson is known to the BCA community as one of the pioneers in describing the double-helix structure of DNA, but he is also known for his white supremacist sentiments. Due to his controversial statements that imply that black people are biologically less intelligent than whites, Watson is often sh...

The Dangers of Virtual Reality

Su Min Kim, School News Editor

June 14, 2017

I jerk the steering wheel to the left and narrowly avoid a beam of light. Alarm bells go off as an enemy spacecraft clips the wing of my starship. I don’t have much time. Checking my ammunition, I push the gas and – “So, how do you like the game?” the salesman asks. Disoriented, I...

An Interview with Indrani Das, Top Winner of Regeneron Science Talent Search

An Interview with Indrani Das, Top Winner of Regeneron Science Talent Search

Angela Lee

May 31, 2017

  On March 14, 2017, Regeneron announced Indrani Das as the top award winner the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The Academy Chronicle was fortunate enough to conduct an interview with Indrani, who discussed her experience at BCA, hinted at plans for the future, and shared advice for other hig...



Angela Lee

February 7, 2017

  They dreamed, they planned, they succeeded. It was their love for the environment that kept them going. Mr. Nodarse’s team of engineers, including Shannon Zhang and Laura Zhou, teamed up with ATCS junior Ohm Nabar in order to create their pollution detecting masterpiece, the Intelli-Bu...

No Man Is an Island: Ask Adrian Biagioli, BCA ’16

No Man Is an Island: Ask Adrian Biagioli, BCA '16

Suzan Kim

December 21, 2016

Adrian Biagioli was a sophomore three years ago, when he first began working with Mr. Lang on the Ellis Island project. The program, which involves designing a platform where people can experience Ellis Island through virtual reality technology, progressed immensely during Biagioli’s time at BCA. For...

The New BCA Greenhouse Is Open!

The New BCA Greenhouse Is Open!

Katelyn Bang

December 9, 2016

 The new greenhouse at BCA is open for this school year, 2016-2017! The newly constructed greenhouse, attached to the renovated Environmental Science Center (ESC), serves as a classroom for many courses. These include not only academy-specific or mandatory courses such as Biology, but also the Agricultur...

Entrepreneurial Science- Provita Pharmaceuticals

Entrepreneurial Science- Provita Pharmaceuticals

Emily Kong and Claire Hsu

November 22, 2016

Provita Pharmaceuticals strives to improve the quality of life of patients by extending the lifespan and increasing the efficacy and cost effectiveness of their medications. Provita is a virtual, student-run, startup biotech firm with technology aimed at extending the longevity and efficacy of ...

Fossil Teeth

A Dromaeosaurus tooth, approximately 2.5 cm in length, which was bought for $95.

Meghan Forcellati

November 2, 2016

20 years ago, a fierce legal battle ensued which shook the foundations of commercial paleontology. Sue, a massive, nearly-complete Tyrannosaurus, was discovered on a man’s property by a team of paleontologists, but afterwards the question of who the dinosaur belonged to was fiercely fought over....