Comunidade SEED

janeiro 2012

Getting "greener"


One step I decided to take a few years back was to switch my electricity provider from conventional source to wind and solar generated power. I live in an area where the choice exists. I feel better knowing that my electricity comes from 100% renewable and clean source. It is my small contribution to reducing our carbon footprint, not looting our good old planet of its natural resources, and leaving a cleaner environment to our descendance.


Almost everything I know about wildlife . . .


. . . I learned from popular culture. I grew up in the suburbs, and then spent a number of years living in cities. We rarely saw anything more exotic than the gray squirrel. Of course our garbage cans got knocked over by raccoons occasionally but we never saw them do it. And years at summer camp led to a passing familiarity with the habits of skunks.

I began noticing some new and different animals when I moved to a semirural area of Connecticut. Deer were ubiquitous—and easily recognizable.

Have you ever been inside a volcano?


I was only five years old when my parents took me and my sister Samantha to Hawai'i for our first big vacation.  The scenery provided undoubtedly some of the most striking and beautiful memories of my life. "Paradise" doesn't do it justice.  But one activity on our trip stands out amongst the rest, and that is when the four of us ventured down Haleakalā, the world's largest dormant volcano, on horseback and spent the night in the crater.

Please understand that my family is not very adventurous when it comes to nature.  We don't do "the outdoors".  So riding horses, hiking, and camping in a little hut in the middle of nowhere was not typically on our agenda. It was very risky for my parents, and it paid off.

Mitad del Mundo




Hello Amigos, 

Although we have volcanoes in Bolivia I believe there has never been an eruption since I remember...I do remember one time in Cochabamba, I think it was in November last year, that there was smoke and fire coming out from the land. Some people thought it was a sleeping volcano, but then geophysicists went there to study the land and they stated that it was only gases accumulating.  : ) It was a relief for everyone.

Here's a picture.


When they discovered oil and natural gas...


When they discovered oil and natural gas in Terrebonne parish.

Meet with Edward Borne from the Southdown plantation house inside the Terrebonne Museum:



Corinne Damas Sandiford

Home of Tabasco: a natural beauty!


Tabasco Factory on Avery Island, Louisiana

I had the great opportunity to visit the famous Tabasco factory where the sauce is made.

It was an amazing visit!

Do you know about it?

Have you ever run a marathon?




Since I'm 12 years old, I have been running. I love this activity because it is very flexible and very rewarding.

I ran twice the Paris marathon and now I want to change and discover another city.

The preparation to run a marathon is very intense and important to follow in order to respect your body and soul...

Vicarious Chills on Pinatubo


I've hiked around a few volcanoes—in Hawaii, Ecuador, Mexico—but the biggest chill I got was a vicarious one while interviewing volcanologist John Ewert for a children's book. He and his team climbed atop a very restless Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in  May 1991 to plant monitoring equipment. He told me they couldn't wait to get off that rock.

He and other observers smelled sulfur (the vents were belching gas), felt and heard periodic rumbling, and observed the strewn rocks and cracks of hiccups (a plugged vent exploding under pressure). The seismic recordings showed clear signs of big trouble ahead—which is what propelled the American team to join their Filipino counterparts.

John truly felt that his life was in danger.

What gave him—and me—chills, though, was his memory of the resident Aeta families, oblivious to that danger. Kids, women, men, elderly people—they stood watching the scientists with passive curiosity. John's voice rose and tensed as he told me how he tried to communicate what was about to happen to their mountain home. The language and cultural barriers proved too thick, and the scientists searched for a translator.

Space and LSU's role in it!


Did you know that Maxine Faget was the designer of the Mercury space capsule.  He also worked on the Gemini, Apollo and the space shuttle.  He was born in Honduras, spent three 3 years in the US Navy.  Faget also led the development of the escape tower system used on the Mercury capsule, which was used in various forms on almost all following manned spacecraft.   Now