What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

There’s Something About Thunderstorms…

There’s Something About Thunderstorms…

Clouds on a sunny day are striking in their own right, but there is something about a storm cloud filled to its blurred edges and about to burst that is captivating. Emitting its internal rainstorm and fabricating its own sound to go along with the production is quite an impressive feat. Clouds and thunderstorms are often alluring themes for artists, architects and designers, often replicated in their creations. For example, the residential Cloud House is a sunny version of the sky decoration. Also, interior lighting designs like the Cloudy lamp and innovative and futuristic concepts like Passing Cloud and Head in… read more

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

To some children, Legos are a first primer to serious architecture. Though in the fun guise of play, most of us don’t recall the strategy, composing and hours of constructing, erecting and regrouping to begin again, that was involved in a serious afternoon of Lego assembly. Science, who is no stranger to hours of constructive exploration, often strays from the ordinary to investigate and find answers, and when searching for a solution to fill a laboratory need one team did just that. Researchers at Iowa State University wanted to investigate what effects the environment has on plant development. In order to… read more

Solar Powered Cookout

Solar Powered Cookout

Teaching kids about renewable resources doesn’t always have to be a lecture or a lesson on paper. For example, all ages can appreciate a sun-cooked food festival, and the solar process makes for good dinner conversation. Getting outside and providing some hands-on explanation of how the sun’s energy can be applied is useful, teaches self-reliance and sustainability, and is fun for kids. Campfires and hot dog roasts are a rite of passage in some childhood circles. Instead of building a fire, build a solar hot dog cooker. Host an activity and have kids bring their own cardboard box. Gather a… read more

Space Based Solar Power

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Humans are resting their hope of finding alternative energy generation models on solar and wind power generation. But what if science could find some way to harness the power of the sleepless sun? This is not just a twist in a science fiction novel, as researchers are making good progress towards harnessing space based solar power. It all began when Isaac Asimov wrote of solar power being collected from space and transmitted to the planet with the help of microwaves. This concept was later extended by Peter Glaser in 1968 and he detailed the basic idea of creating a solar satellite which incorporated… read more

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Science Fun For Energetic Minds

Children’s curiosity allows them to catch onto a concept and wrap themselves up in the idea of it, generating experiences that naturally invoke learning. The following are a few ways for kids to learn and apply real world technical applications that will enhance their knowledge while being science literate and having fun. Code.org is a computer science based site that offers online classes and educational resources for a range of ages. The site features games, videos, tutorial apps as well as lessons and advice from guest lecturers. Users can test out different skill sets, like learning JavaScript, creating and performing commands and… read more

Books Designed For The Senses

Books Designed For The Senses

Books captivate the senses in a way that is original to any other material. The written word, illustrations and emitted feelings provided by pages that are crafted with creative intent and skilled work can be like no other resource for developing knowledge and furthering the imagination. Several visually and aromatically stimulating circulations have been produced that heighten the page-turner’s experience by truly embarking the senses to go along for the journey. Dating back to 1692, Traité des Couleurs Servant à la Peinture à L’eau from artist A. Boogert is an unbelievingly detailed illustrative guide to colors and painting techniques. It… read more

Shrimp Is The New Plastic

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A solution to the world’s plastic overload may have been found in a shrimp. Or actually, in the shrimp’s composition. A research team from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are on to something huge. They have developed an interesting procedure for making bioplastic that is completely biodegradable and could someday replace commercial plastics that are not sustainable. The process uses a substance called chitin, which is an abundant natural source that can be collected from certain shelled organisms. Examples of the organic material can be seen in the protective coverings on shrimp and other crustaceous… read more

The Future of Our Roads

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In the future our roads will be smarter and more useful because they be made with solar panels. At least that is what the company Solar Roadways has planned for our highways. The company has a prototype which is far different from the solar panels which we use on rooftops. It is not only strong enough to support the load of vehicles but can also generate a billion Kilowatt hours of power which is more than any country can produce in a year. These panels are brilliantly engineered into three layers: a road surface which is transparent enough to allow the sun’s rays to… read more

Recycling Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Recycling

Nuclear energy is often the only hope for power generation in countries without large deposits of fossil fuels. However, the presence of nuclear power plants compromise the security of that country, and most struggle to adequately dispose of the waste materials. Cumbria based British Sellafield has come up with an idea whereby nuclear waste is the key element. Nuclear waste in British plants mostly contains americium-241, and the organization plans to use this nuclear waste element to power long range spacecraft. This method of using nuclear waste is based on a design used in the Voyager probes, launched in 1977.  Even the popular… read more