Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Environmental Science: Flint's Water Crisis

Flint's Water Crisis OR How public decisions affect you!

Flint's water has been toxic for some time now due to a budget decision made over a year ago. You can see the CNN story here:

How Tap Water Became Toxic in Flint, Michigan

You may find the NPR stories helpful as well. Give them a listen if you want.

High Lead Levels in Michigan Kids After City Switches Water Source

and this one:

Who's to Blame for Flint's Water Problem

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Science and Society: Top Paying 2015 Degrees

What is the difference between 4.0 GPA Valedictorian Childhood Education major and a 3.0 GPA Chemical Engineering major?  About $37,000 dollars for a starting salary.

Seriously, the average engineering graduates has a starting salary around $65,000 a year in 2015.  While majors in Child Care, Early Education, and Social Work average about $30,000 a Year.  Don't believe me check this out: Forbes - The 10 Bachelor's Degrees with the highest and Lowest Salary Potential

It's been this way for the past 40 years!

You can take all the easy courses just like everyone else, or you can take the road less travel, and reach the peak!

Environmental Science: Giant Microbes

I had mentioned I gave several viruses to my children in class the other day.  These cute plush viruses are 100,000 to 1,000,000 the actual size of the original viruses in the world today.  These toys are made by Drew Oliver of the Giant Microbes Company.  Drew Oliver also make plush toys of tissues cell: Skin cell, Nerve cell, Brain cell, Kidney cell, and other.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Environmental Science: Gun Control

I'm terrify when my 17 year old daugther gets behind the wheel of a car. How could any parent think letting a nine year old handle an uzi would be a great idea. I'm truly dumbfounded. You can see the story here:Shooting by 9-Year Old Stirs Debate Over Guns

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meteorology and Psychology: Female Named Hurricane Kill more people than Male Named Hurricanes

Recent research seems to indicate hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with male. This is not due to the name, but the perception of people. People perceive female named hurricanes as less dangerous than their male counterparts. Ironically, it is the people with the greatest gender bias that tend to be killed in such hurricanes. So, you could say Mother Nature make the human population less gender bias by removing the worst offenders. You can read and listen to the story here: Americans less fearful of Storms Named After Women

Life Sciences - Ebola will kill us ALL!

Not Really!  Ebola is much harder to contract than most flu virus, but that doesn't stop people from panic.  You and read about Ebola at NPR and listen to the dread factor story here:  The Dread Factor: Why Ebola and "Contagion" Scare Us So Much

For all you hard core gamers out there bent on world destruction have you tried the game Plague by Ndemic Creations?  Plague is an realistic simulation of how diseases spread and humans react on a global scale.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Environmental Science: Environment and the Economy

Monterey Bay in California has bounce back over the last 50 year with an explosion of wildlife, and with it so has the economy of the surrounding communities. Once fertile grounds for hunting, fishing and whaling until depleted, Monterey Bay, California is making a comeback. An economy based on the diverse wildlife is starting to take shape. You can read or listen to the story here: Monterey Bay An "Ocean Buffet Open for Business" This Spring

Environment Science: Toilet to Tap

The city of Wichita Falls, Texas is so short of water they will now get 50% of their drinking water directly from wastewater.  Sometimes called Toilet to Tap, the wastewater is treated, sanitized and mixed with the city drinking water supply.

You can read and listen to the full story here: Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns To Toilets For Water
There are many cites that have already made this same move: Los Angeles, El Paso, San Diego ,and Singapore. As water becomes more scares more large cities are looking for ways to quench their thirsty citizens.
You may Read that story here: As "Yuck Factor" Subsides, Treat Wastewater Flows From Taps

Environmental Science: Global Warming - 15 Years to turn it all around

The latest U.N. climate change report says that if the world doesn't do some really tough, expensive things over the next 15 years, the costs of climate change may spiral out of control. Some of those things involve technology that isn't available yet, such as removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

You can read and listen to the full story at : Global Warming: 15 Years to Change Things...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Environmental Science: Who says Population laws don't work?

Samples from the Greenland ice sheet suggest the U.S. Clean Air Act had a clear effect on conditions in the earth’s atmosphere. Pictured is ice core drilling at Summit, Greenland, in 2007. (Photo : Joel Savarino / Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environment)
Samples from the Greenland ice sheet suggest the US Clean Air Act had a clear effect on conditions in the Earth's atmosphere.

You can read the full story here: Greenland Ice Cores show Impact of US Clean Air Act on Climate

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Environmental Science: When is water safe to drink?

Even Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virgina won't drink the water.  it's been over a month since the Chemical spill in West Virgina made the watershed contaminated.  Rendering the water unfit for human consumption: Drinking, Bathing, and Washing.  After week, no one is willing to say the water is now safe for use.  Even EPA is unclear.  Read the story here: Sen. Rockefeller Responds to Water Safety Concerns

Or you can listen to the story through the same link.