Civil Wars, Rebellions, Revolutions…What’s the Difference???


Civil Wars are wars between groups or regions within the same territory/state/country.

The conflict in Syria is a good example of a Civil War (image taken from

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Rebellions are an uprising or organized resistance to a current government

The conflict in between the MILF and the government in Mindanao is a good example of a rebellion.

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Revolutions are an overthrow of the current government in favor of a new government. A change is necessary for a revolution to occur.

The EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines was a good example of this.

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webmd_rm_photo_of_seizure_illustrationSeizures are a sudden attack of illness, especially a stroke or an epileptic fit. There are many types of seizures, and many things that can cause them. Seizures can be quite lethal as very long seizures can lead to coma or death.

The different types of seizures are non-epileptic seizures which occur after a head injury, epileptic seizures, which occur during epilepsy and affect only one side of the brain and body and generalized seizures, which affect the entire brain and body. What causes seizures is sudden electrical activity in the brain. This is shown in the picture below. This electrical activity might be caused by alcohol, bites or stings, brain infection, brain injury, brain defect, choking, drug abuse, drug withdrawals, electrolyte imbalance, electric shock, epilepsy, extremely high blood pressure, fever, head trauma, kidney or liver failure, low blood glucose levels, stroke.

The different things that can happen when you have a seizure are blackouts then confusion, muscle spasms, drooling or frothing at your mouth, falling, strange taste in your mouth, clenching your teeth, sudden or rapid eye movements, unusual noises, losing control of your bladder, or sudden mood changes. The effects of this can be death, coma, injury, injury to others. I left untreated, seizures become worse. If you have a seizure, then you should go to the doctor as soon as possible. If someone else around you has a seizure, then you should clear the area around them, remove any dangerous objects from them, lay them down on their side with their head cushioned, and stay with them at a safe distance. Contact the emergency help if the person experiences repeated seizures, doesn’t wake up after a seizure, or if the seizure lasts more than 2-5 minutes. Sometimes before you have a seizure, you have some “symptoms” or “warning signs”. These can include sudden fear or anxiety, feeling sick to your stomach, dizziness, changes in vision.

The relevance of this topic to teens is that if someone else or you have a seizure you know what to do. The reason I chose this topic is to extend my knowledge on it. I used to think that seizures consisted only of muscle spasms and shaking and then it was over, but now I know it is much more than just that. That seizures can be dangerous, and come in many different forms.

Ivan – Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking is a disorder that causes people to get up during sleep and move. This usually occurs when your body is shifting from deep sleep to a lighter stage. Sleepwalking is more common for children than adults. Studies have shown that about 15% to 17% of children sleepwalk and only 4% of adults sleepwalk. If your parents have a history of sleepwalking there is a chance that you may inherit it. It is common for children and teenagers to sleepwalk. To avoid sleepwalking you should get a good amount of sleep every night, try not to use stimulants before you sleep, try not to be stressed and use relaxation techniques.imgres-1

Child Prodigies- By Lauren

Who is considered a child prodigy?

Child prodigies are people who, at a young age, develop one or more skills, which are far above the norm of their age. In general,  child prodigies are 18 or younger.
How do these children develop such gifts?
Usually, a child prodigy is affected by “Autism”, a mental condition, characterised by lack of of communication, difficulty in forming relationships, and a poor concentration level. These “Wunderkinds” are most likely to be known as “socially-impaired”, but not at all mentally. These autistic-prodigies have a genetic trait, which helps them maintain focus; just know that not all autistic children are prodigies, but almost all prodigies show slight signs of autism.
Why did I pick this topic?
I chose this topic because, I have always been fascinated with amazing capabilities. I have also secretly always wanted to be a child prodigy, despite the autistic traits which come along. Also, many people do not seem to appreciate these people enough. It is definitely a blessing to be known as a child-prodigy, and certainly an honour to meet one.
 Here are some examples of famous people, whom were child prodigies:
Beethoven: Prodigy in music
Mozart- Prodigy in music
Bobby Fisher- Prodigy in chess
Carl Gauss- Prodigy in math
Pablo Picasso- Prodigy in art
Enrico Fermi- Prodigy in physics
Adora Svitak: Prodigy in literature