Sunday, January 29, 2017

Astronomy and Physics: Metallic Hydrogen

Scientist have made metallic Hydrogen! A substance thought to be in the cores of Jupiter and Saturn. Now made in the lab you can read the story here: Metallic hydrogen has been created for the first time

Environment Science: The End of Antibiotics

A 70 year old woman died from an infection after being treated with 26 different types of antibiotics. The bacteria that killed her was a resistant strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae.

You can read the entire story here: A Superbug That Resisted 26 Antibiotics

How can you fight the Antibiotic Apocalypse? Try eating less bacon. You can read that story here: How You Can Stop Antibiotic Resistance (And Still Eat Bacon)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Environment Science: Zika here to stay.

Along with the Zika virus, many other tropical diseases are here to stay in the Southern United States due to climate change. Many mosquitoes that thrive in warmer climates are finding a new home in Florida and other states in the south due to milder winter.
You can read (or listen) about the Zika virus here: Zika May Be In The U.S. To Stay

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Environmental Science - The Plant that Bleeds like Beef

Impossible Foods is working on a burger made from a plant. A veggie burger that bleeds and sizzle just like real ground beef!
You can read the NPR story here:Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat
or you can just visit the Impossible Foods website.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Microbeads in Cosmetics: The New Water pollution.
That $20 avocado and mango facial scrub with microbeads are a danger to the ocean, life and human. Most beauty product that exfoliate have little tiny round balls of plastic called microbeads. These beads wash down the drain after bathing and are NOT removed from waste water at the local treatment plant. The beads eventually enter the rivers and ocean on our planet. Sometime these beads are mistaken as food by fish and other wildlife.

You can read about it here: Toxic Timebomb: Here's the science that explains why microbeads are a disaster

Of course, This is not the only place microbeads show up. Try your toothpaste...

Why dentists are speaking out about the plastic beads in your toothpaste

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