Stories tagged 2010

Oct
15
2010

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Blog Action Day 2010

Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation. Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15. The idea is for everyone to talk about the same topic on the same day to increase world awareness about that topic. This year the topic is WATER.

Water ideas to blog about

You can go here blogaction page at change.org for blogging ideas about water.

Please say something about World Water

I am going to spend 5 or 6 hours today blogging about water. I will put links to my posts in the comments below. If you have time, please use our comments area to talk about World Water.

Jun
27
2010

Light enhances mood and well-being

Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.Courtesy Jack E Boucher
LUMEN means “the power of light". HAUS is a reference to the Bauhaus movement and architect Mies Van Der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Like the Farnsworth House, Lumenhaus can open up to maximize its occupants’ exposure to natural daylight.

Lumenhaus could win the Solar Decathlon Europe competition

Lumenhaus, designed by Virginia Tech, has a good chance of winning the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition which ends today.

Virginia Tech had a commanding 35-point lead at Solar Decathlon Europe earlier this week, but the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim has cut that lead to only six points now. ...everything the teams do—from hot water draws to cooking to washing to cooling their houses—really makes a difference. Every point counts. SolarDecathlon.gov blog

There is an app for that

Lumenhaus is a zero-energy home that is completely powered by the sun. Using technology, Lumenhaus' automated systems make the owner’s life simpler, more energy efficient and less expensive. An iPhone app allows its users to monitor everything real time and to even override controls. I would really like to live in a house like this.

Watch this Lumenhaus Youtube video

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Learn more about Lumenhaus

  • Lumenhaus website
  • Inhabitat.com coverage of Lumenhaus
  • The fourth, and last, of the peregrine falcon eggs in the nest box at the Sherco power plant hatched sometime on Saturday. The hatchlings may be helpless, clumsy, and funny looking now, but in a few months they'll be sleek, fearsome avian predators. Keep watching the falcon cam, or the daily stills, until they fledge in a few months.

    Laugh it up now...: ...but watch out later. These guys are going to be FIERCE.
    Laugh it up now...: ...but watch out later. These guys are going to be FIERCE.Courtesy Raptor Resources/Xcel Energy

    We have a chick!

    by Liza on May. 14th, 2010

    Yummy: The first-hatched Sherco chick of 2010 enjoys a little breakfast.
    Yummy: The first-hatched Sherco chick of 2010 enjoys a little breakfast.Courtesy Raptor Resources/Xcel Energy
    Almost out: We should see two more chicks make their debut appearance any time now.
    Almost out: We should see two more chicks make their debut appearance any time now.Courtesy Raptor Resources/Xcel Energy
    The first of the eggs out at the Sherco nest box has hatched, and it looks like two others are well on their way.

    Apr
    17
    2010

    Meteorite: I traded out this meteorite at the Science Museum of Minnesota Collectors Corner. That is one inch on the ruler.
    Meteorite: I traded out this meteorite at the Science Museum of Minnesota Collectors Corner. That is one inch on the ruler.Courtesy ARTiFactor
    The fireball of a meteor blazing across the sky last Wednesday night was so spectacular that when my wife saw it, she pulled off the road. She was driving west on Ramsey Blvd. approaching highway 10 and said "it was the same as the green in the traffic light."

    Meteor lands in Wisconsin

    Our Buzz blogger, "mdr", wrote about this event, Light show over Iowa.

    When the meteor exploded, it unleashed as much energy as the detonation of 20 tons of TNT, NASA scientists said. Their analysis found that the parent meteor was about 3.3 feet (1 meter) wide before it blew apart. Space.com

    If you want to look for pieces of this meteorite, don't go to Iowa, join the rush around the Livingston area in Wisconsin, between Platteville and Avoca.

    Similar meteors fall every day

    Most meteors burn up before reaching Earth, though. This one did not break up till it was close to the surface. We know this because found fragments are burnt on one edge only. The meteorite is described as an "H type" stony meteorite, a fairly common variety. The stereotypic iron meteorite is more rare.

    Telling a meteorite from a meteor wrong

    The University of Wisconsin at Madison Geology Museum has a useful webpage helping visitors determine a meteorite from a meteor-wrong (click on link to learn how).

    Learn more about meteorites

    You can see photos of meteorite fragments here and here (U of Wisconsin analysis of meteorite).
    Photos of more Wisconsin meteorite fragments and info are to be found in a blog by Astro Bob.

    UW-Madison meteorite experts Noriko Kita and Takayuki Ushikubo used a scanning electron microscope and X-ray spectrometer to begin to analyze the surface mineral composition of the rock. They identified the presence of magnesium, iron, and silica-containing compounds, including the common minerals olivine and pyroxene. They also found iron-nickel metal and iron sulfide, which are often seen in primitive meteorites.

    Trade for meteorites @ Collector's Corner

    We now have over 30 meteorites for trade at Collector's Corner at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Come get one before they are all gone.

    I really enjoyed this video tour from one end of the International Space Station to the other. If you have the right stuff, watching this in high definition mode is wonderful.

    Robins in January, 2010: Somewhere in Burnsville, MN., dozens of robins are eating fermented apples. Perhaps they think the anti-freeze property will help. Early spring?
    Robins in January, 2010: Somewhere in Burnsville, MN., dozens of robins are eating fermented apples. Perhaps they think the anti-freeze property will help. Early spring?Courtesy Larry Maras
    Robins 2010 January: January 18, 2010 Burnsville, MN.
    Robins 2010 January: January 18, 2010 Burnsville, MN.Courtesy Larry Maras

    Too cold
    Too coldCourtesy Petruha
    Millions of fancy fish are dying because of the cold snap in Florida. Florida businesses that raise fancy fish to sell in pet stores are getting devastated.
    Learn more about the 2010 Florida fish kill here.