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The Sustainability Workshop

The Sustainability Workshop

Chloe Meineck, an innovative designer and researcher, has her hands in many projects. Her scientifically based designs have received much attention, and her Music Memory Box has recently won the Most Innovative Product Award from Brighton Enterprise. Another project that she put into action last year called the Sustainability Workshop is intended for use as a resource for teaching students about carbon emissions. Designed for children ages 2 through 6, it features hands on activities that provide children visual experiences to go along with the lessons so that they can grasp the concept. The workshop, which is aimed at school audiences, includes different facets… read more

Are We About To Experience Another Ice Age?

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The sun has been unusually quiet recently, and nobody really knows why. Could this possibly be the beginnings of a mini-ice age? The scientific term for the cooling phenomenon is a “Maunder minimum”. Here’s the definition as stated by the Encyclopedia Britannica: Maunder Minimum, an unexplained period of drastically reduced sunspot activity that occurred between 1645 and 1715. When solar activity slows down for lengthy periods of time, our planet’s temperature cools, as the sun is our sole provider of heat. English astronomer Edward Walter Maunder first noticed in 1894 that we’d observed very few sunspots in between 1645 and… read more

Top 5 Educational Youtube Channels

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These days, whenever we want the 411 on something, we usually turn to the internet, which almost always involves Youtube or Wikipedia (or both). Here’s a list of 5 educational channels that share everything from science to random facts about life. 5. Popular Science One of the most informative science magazines is also one of the most informative  Youtube channels. Check out their videos to learn more about science, life, history, ecology, and more. 4. Mental Floss While similar to Vsauce in that each episode answers interesting questions, Mental Floss doesn’t quite delve into deep life questions, and actually provides… read more

Bioengineering a Glow In the Dark Light Bulb

Bioengineering a Glow In the Dark Light Bulb

Most of the time, when you read about something that has been genetically modified, it’s in reference to agriculture and food, and there’s a pretty strong sentiment in the green community about the undesirable effects of GMOs on the health of both humans and the ecosystem. But there are many other uses for bioengineering that don’t involve ingestion or the need to grow them out in the fields in mass quantities, including this one, which would take advantage of the ability for bioluminescence in microbes, in order to provide light for us. The Biobulb concept, which was picked as a… read more

Tips To Creating A Winning Science Fair Project

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Science Fair is a time of creativity, inventiveness, and educational prowess. It’s also a potential gateway towards receiving a college scholarship in the field of science. Finding the right idea to submit to your science fair isn’t always easy, especially if your resources are limited. Google and Intel teamed up to share their thoughts on what makes a truly winnable science fair project. We’ve broken down their tips into a few helpful steps to get you on your ways towards building a successful project. Step One: Start Brainstorming Early To gain a competitive edge against the others around you, start… read more

Electronics That Are Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Electronics That Are Here Today Gone Tomorrow

What if your smartphone was engineered to biodegrade when you wanted an upgrade? Or what if its components could even dissolve when they came into contact with water? That is what a team of investigators from 3 universities have been examining, and they have actually made it a possibility. The U.S. based researchers who developed the technology are from Northwestern University, Tufts University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The research study has been given the name “born to die” and essentially, that is what it is. A new way of manufacturing smartgear and other devices, called transient electronics,… read more

Top 6 DIY Resources

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For the weekend warrior, new projects are seen as a challenge to accept, and not a daunting task to accomplish. If you’re a hands-on type of person, then you love seeking out new things to make/build/craft, etc. We’ve provided 6 of our favorite resources for various projects you might be interested in. The Big Book Of Hacks From Popular Science, this book is an amazing resource for technophiles seeking their next computerized gadget to make. Home improvements, cellphone efficiency boosters, ways to bring old computers back to life, etc. Everything you might want to make is most likely in this… read more

America’s Road To Energy Independence

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This is a four-part video series Popular Science created. The series follows Jacob Ward, the magazine’s editor-in-chief as he travels across the country and around the globe, discovering the next-generation of alternative energy solutions that will bring the United States into an era of eco-independence. Part One This first segment takes us on a journey to discover how solar cells will one day be embedded in fabric. Right now, Popular Science has only uploaded the first segment to their youtube channel. Follow this link to view the rest of these educational, and incredibly insightful videos. Have a thought? Share it… read more

Weird Solar Science

Weird Solar Science

A few years back a sort of strange solar nanotechnology was being tossed about. A new kind of way to use solar cells that doesn’t involve a regular panel display was being looked at to recharge batteries. Researchers at Shanghai, China’s Donghua University and a company in Potsdam, Germany called the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, examined how to power up batteries inside implanted objects with photovoltaic cells. They found that this can actually be done by concentrating a specialized infrared laser beam through the skin. By implementing uncommon upconverting nanophosphors from the earth that can soak in… read more

Recharging Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Recharging Non-Rechargeable Batteries

Batteries are one thing that a lot of us depend on. Many people don’t know that a potential charge or two can be left behind in alkaline batteries that were thought to have run their course. There are products available to help extract that last bit of power, and you can also make your own battery reviver at home with a few supplies to extend their lifespan and also prolong their trip to the recycler for as long as possible. The Battery Wizard for alkaline batteries is one example of a product on the market to bring back non-rechargeables another… read more