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Learn More About The World With Journey North

Learn More About The World With Journey North

Wading through educational websites to find the quality ones can be time consuming. Journey North is a terrific, nature and earth focused resource for teachers, homeschool families and children. From The Annenberg Foundation, it offers a global-wide study of the seasons and wildlife migration for students, grades kindergarten through high school, and is also open to the interested public. The goal is to gather and encourage proactive learning within the community of online citizen scientists. Learners can share actual field experience and observations with other students in different parts of the world. The network of classrooms all work together to track… read more

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Plastic debris floating around the ocean has been studied for years as its massive man made islands increase. The effects to ocean life, waterways and the seafood industry are all on the research radar. One recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has provided an interesting look into the oceans’ plastic pollution. The research team, reminding that plastic is the most plentiful form of marine debris, were interested in looking at the impact of plastics on the oceans’ ecosystems. Specifically wanting to understand microbial communities, they examined several locations in the North Atlantic. To investigate what effects plastics have had on… read more

Golden Rice – An Unnatural Solution

Golden Rice – An Unnatural Solution

The food supply is a topic that concerns everyone. The fact that many in the world do not have adequate nutrition is a problem that unfortunately has yet to be solved. Normally, rice does not contain many nutrients, but still is a main food group in many homes across the globe since it can be low in cost and easy to prepare. One effort called the Golden Rice Project is seeking to make sure millions of people receive efficient nutrients in a staple food. This rice is enriched with vitamins that aim to prevent issues caused from malnutrition. Blindness and other deficiency… read more

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The atmosphere’s ability to recycle pollutants is being compared to a washing machine that can recycle the detergent from the wash cycle, and then use it again when the area needs a good cleaning. Troposphere research specialists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research in Jülich, Germany found that radicals are actually recycled in an atmospheric stage called isoprene degradation. The researchers were able to effectively show that isoprene, a naturally occurring hydrocarbon, can be broken down, or cleansed, by hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are referred to as the atmosphere’s cleansing agents that are capable of reducing isoprene, which… read more

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Undergraduate researchers conducting a study have discovered an interesting bio-absorbent material that can draw contaminants out of polluted water. Faculty and an undergraduate research team collaborated with a group of scientists to investigate more inexpensive means that could be utilized to filter contaminated water. Examining water samples from the Tule Valley region near Mexico City, it was determined that cilantro was an effective bio-absorbent material that was also wildly grown in the region. The area was selected because there are no readily available water filtering systems in place to remove some of the contaminates that they inspected, making it representative of… read more

Science Messing Around With Memories

Science Messing Around With Memories

The human brain is a favorite topic of research studies, and a recent discovery has revealed an interesting side of our memory ability, and the brain’s power to unlock it. An investigation into how memories form has led scientists to figure out a way to alter the brain in order to provoke recollected thoughts. Looking into how memories are developed, neurobiologists say that they were actually able to form new ones. They found that they can generate specific memories by changing brain cells in the cerebral cortex, which is an area of the brain that assists in creating the anticipated… read more

Seahorse Tails Inspire Robotic Arm Applications

Seahorse Tails Inspire Robotic Arm Applications

University of California, San Diego researchers have noted some interesting behaviors regarding seahorses. Since they are composed of bony sliding plates, their tails are extremely flexible. So malleable, in fact, that they can be flattened to half their normal size before causing irreversible injuries. This natural design has led to inspiration for medical use and other field applications. The team of scientists and engineers involved in the project are looking at the way seahorses move in order to replicate the motion in a robotic arm. Other animals were looked at for potentially copying their armored exteriors, but the seahorse was… read more

Climate Scientist Hansen to Retire from NASA

James Hansen

James E. Hansen, perhaps the world’s most well known climate scientist, is retiring and stepping away from his position at NASA to pursue climate activism full time. Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the subject of climate change and global warming throughout his career, sometimes earning him censorship attempts, but ultimately giving credibility to climate activism because of his expertise. His warnings to the U.S. Congress in 1988 served as a wake-up call about the threat of the effects of climate change on the planet, and although most legislators… read more

It’s Getting Warmer

Climate change study

In a new study released by the Pew Research Center shows that more Americans are finally coming to the realization that climate change may really be occurring. According to Pew Research Center, 67% of people say that there is now solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades. That number is up four points since last year and up ten points since 2009. An increasing number of people say that the rise in the earth’s temperature has much to do with and may be directly caused by human activity. As of today,… read more