Comunidade SEED

janeiro 2012

A Leaky House is a COLD House!

Winter is here and one surefire way to save energy in your home is to seal any air leaks. Closing up gaps and sealing leaks can be an inexpensive way to lower heating costs, which is not only better for the environment, but also better for your budget. Some countries provide rebates for these types of projects, so check with our local government to see if you qould qualify.  Still, a rebate would be nice, but don’t let it stop you from sealing your home this year.

First you need to find out where air is getting in. There are technicians who can come to your home and conduct an energy assessment. But if your budget won’t allow for a professional assessment, you can do a relatively simple homemade

Volcanoes in the news

With Mount Etna erupting a few days ago (http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2012/01/05/italys-mount-etna-erupts-watch-sicily-volcano-erupt-online-videos/) I am reminded of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. I lived in Seattle at the time and heard a great boom. I interpreted the sound as a car crashing into a building! Here's a link to an amazing video of the side of the mountain sliding away as it exploded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgRnVhbfIKQ).

Mount Etna is one of the "World's most watched volcanoes" according to the article in the SEED Science Center.

Cool facts about your brain.

Fun facts about our brains:

  • It's not your brain that's hurting when you get a headache – without pain receptors, your brain can't feel any pain.

  • Your brain knows when you tickle yourself, which is why you don’t bend over laughing.

  • When you sleep, you’re virtually paralyzed because your brain creates a hormone to prevent you from acting out your dreams.

It's never too late

Growing up I was always fascinated by Chemistry, but struggled with the subject all the time in school. I just didn't "get" it. Years later when I joined Dowell (eventually part of Schlumberger) I made fast friends with one of the chemists in the research laboratory. He is passionate and enthusiastic about the subject, and he has a great desire to help others see this. We spent numerous lunch breaks just talking about different problems and concepts. His gift of teaching led me to many "ah-ha!" moments, and I discovered that I could in fact learn a great deal - and enjoy it.

A new math puzzle?

I thought of a great math puzzle today. Here it is:

Every year before my son's birthday we display a clown ornament (like the one shown at right) on our front lawn that counts down the days until his birthday by using numbers that are painted on two blocks.  There are six sides to each block. One number is painted on each side of the two blocks, but some numbers are used more than once. How can you arrange the numbers on two blocks to create the maximum number of days that can be counted down?

 

Beautiful Minds: Piloting an Integrated SEED Workshop in Brazil

Picture this:  More than 50 students, ages 9-12, in one hot classroom, the day before the holiday break, asked to listen to a lady from the U.S. talk about something called "living systems."

Sounds impossible, doesn't it?  

Project Help Needed: In Our Hands

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEIBpDM9Yp0

While in Taiji, I had the tremendous pleasure to meet a young woman from Australia called Nicole Mclachlan. She stood side by side with me in documenting the atrocities committed against dolphins in the small little town in Japan. Nicole is passionate about protecting the oceans for future generations and translates this passion in to a project she started called In Our Hands. I am proud to call her a friend.

A Place Called Taiji

I cannot unsee what I saw. The banging of a metal pole which signifies death; the violent splashing of water which indicates panic and pain; the torturous final screams - it wakes me up night after night and throws me unwillingly head first into reality. It's a reality that in a two-week period changed who I was. Life would never be normal again.