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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

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

There are many different roof styles to consider when building or buying a home, and each has benefits and disadvantages to their design. Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, the Oyane no ie project by Naoi Architecture & Design Office is a great example of how a creative spin can make a huge difference in a home’s presentation. This roof design is a striking variation of a basic hipped roof. This kind of roof is normally more involved to construct than others, but is not overly difficult to actually build since all of the sides slope downward to connect the walls. Hip roofs are… read more

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Elaborate and awe-inspiring architectural concept designs don’t have to be purely land based. Some spectacular ideas for structures with sea legs are also floating around, literally. Aptly referred to as the Floating Island from AT Design Office, this concept design for an ocean based residential, entertainment and business district is an interesting proposal. The manmade island containing the rafted metropolis would stretch for miles. The foundation is constructed of hexagon slating, and underneath the flooring is a system of connected roads and walking paths that provide transportation outlets. Occupants have the option to be either above or below the ocean’s surface. A… read more

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Weather events have been extreme over the past few weeks, with many experiencing either blazing hot temperatures or frozen days, depending on which side of the globe you are on. It can be easy for kids to become bored being indoors, and introducing a few new things to do can break a case of the stuck in the house doldrums. Family Education has a good roundup of imaginative things to do, and many just require some time and household items. Kids will enjoy games like coming up with unnecessary inventions and spin the globe. For silly conversation, everyone will want… read more

Commercial Airline Flights To Monitor Weather

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Beginning with a fleet of Southwest Airline commercial jets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), will install a series of water vapor sensors on the jets to map weather conditions. These sensors will provide data back to the NOAA and other agencies, allowing them to predict weather patterns and monitor climate change. Check out a video explanation: This is a first for the commercial airline industry, and also a giant innovative step forward for the natural science field. Southwest’s fleet of jets will be able to cover our nation’s airspace faster than individual jets… read more

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units. From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent. Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching. An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded… read more

Window On The Arctic

Window to Arctic

A new observatory at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean will help keeps tabs on the delicate environment of the far north. Canada’s University of Victoria, which runs the station has stated that the observatory will relay information continuously throughout the year for the first time ever. The observatory includes an underwater camera, microphone, and a device that can measure ice thickness, coupled with instruments to measure temperature, salinity, and other data that can be used to monitor the health of the environment. There is also an above-ground weather station to track local weather patterns and climate data. University of… read more

Smartphone Batteries Can Help Predict the Weather

Smartphone Batteries Can Help Predict the Weather

Most smartphone owners are well acquainted with using their device to check the weather forecast, but now those same devices could also be used to help to make those weather predictions. The discovery of a correlation between the temperature of the battery in a smartphone and the actual local temperature has led to the development of a method for using the built-in temperature sensors to add to crowdsourced weather data. An Android app called OpenSignal, which has about 700,000 users, collects hundreds of thousands of temperature readings from across the globe, which allowed researchers to compare that data with the… read more

The Sun’s Magnetic Flip

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You may have received warnings of upcoming changes in weather, or even noticed recent irregularities yourself over the last few days. Such has been made noticeable with severe storms, which in parts of the U.S. last night were marked by incessant pulsations of lightening, the sky intermittently flushed with white and brilliant shades of blue. If so, don’t panic. This is normal and may be the mere result of the sun’s ever-progressing reversal in magnetism. Every 11 years, there comes a peak in the solar cycle. This peak is known as the sun spot cycle, which results in the reversal… read more

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas come in handy during inclement weather, but their flimsy design can often cause them to fall apart. Some have found durable designs and upcycled uses for them that are creative, but are also weather ready and waterproof. Crafty Moods has a clever idea for less than perfect umbrellas. This do it yourself canopy costs much less than a purchased one and can be personalized. Just affix a sheet, curtain or favored fabric around it by sewing to the end of the umbrella. Or, for a no sew project use a grommet punch and run ribbon or string through the… read more