Archive for May, 2013

Rain drops keep falling (and falling and falling) on my head

Okay, so there not really falling on my head but it is falling outside right now as I’m sitting here writing. It seems like with every weekend comes more rain which is the complete opposite of when last year we seemed to be in a continual drought but this article by John Upton at the Grist pretty much shows us the pattern in “Flood-Drought-Flood: Is This the New Normal“?

Now that we see a pattern, the question remains, what’ s the cause? For that we turn to this article entitled “Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disrupts Weather Pattern” by Beck Oskin at LiveScience.

Of course it just wouldn’t be right if the answer was right in front of us courtesy of the article “Less Rain in Hawaii” by Andy Soos over at the Environmental News Network. So if we just build a really long pipeline from the midwest to Hawaii, that would take care of it?

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Spring cleaning & turtles

Okay, so I did a little spring cleaning this weekend and one of my big projects was to change out the seasonal mantle from winter to spring and/or summer. So after looking what to put up there,  from both in the house and at a couple of  used shops, I decided to go with the turtle theme (they are after all, one of my favorite animals).

This first article about Missouri turtles and is entitled “The Sweet Shell of Success” by Matt Seek at Xplor magazine, is local and therefore courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation. These are some of the ones that I grew up loving as a kid in our local woods.

The next article, about turtles worldwide,  is in an issue of National Geographic from a couple of years ago entitled “Ancient Mariner” by Tim Appenzeller. One day I hope to be able to volunteer and help scientist monitor these amazing creatures.

Finally, I think what also encouraged me to write about turtles were a couple of success stories. One on Loggerheads and also one about Green Sea Turtle. The one article on Loggerheads is entitled “Loggerhead Sea Turtles May Get Protected Habitat” by the Center for Biological Diversity and the other article about Green Sea Turtles is entitled “Tracking Turtles” by Andy Soos at ENN.

Woohoo!

 

Green Librarian

DIY science projects

Tonight I thought I would share a couple of articles on DIY science projects that you can make at home. With my kids still liking to have night lights, this first one is a  project I thought I might try to do this weekend. The article (and video) are entitled “Glowing Algae Makes for a Living Night Light” by Megan Treacy over at Treehugger.

The other article is also very enticing and one I think I want to try but maybe over the summer. It’s entitled “How to Make a Small Backyard Wind Power Generator” by Jaymi Heimbach, also at Treehugger.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

I’m leaving on a solar plane

Okay, I’m not leaving on a solar, or jet plane for that matter, but I’ve always liked the song. Anyway, according to Jess Zimmerman over at the Grist, the Solar Impulse is an all-solar plane that’s flying from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. this year and it turns out that it’s making a stop in St. Louis around late May or Early June.

I’m definitely planning on taking my kids up there to see it. If you can’t make it or it’s not making a stop in your town, then the next best thing to do would be to read Jess Zimmerman’s article entitled “Watch a Solar Plane Fly Across America“. Along with the article is a live map.

Up, up and away!

 

Green Librarian

Secrets of the Sun

Okay, I need to get off my Sun kick but until I do, I thought I would at least make one more post on the topic. This one about the film “Secrets of the Sun” over at NOVA on PBS. I just got an e-mail about it today and then went over to my local library and requested it. Check it out!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Inside out earth

Since my son is studying plate tectonics and the layers of the earth in his science class right now,  and like any good dad I like to take an interest in his studies,  I thought I’d post this article that goes along with that topic really well.

The article is entitled “Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle” and it’s over at ScienceDaily. Now how cool is that?!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Discovery is in the stars

I’ve always found it amazing how I come across articles just on the very topics I’ve been reading about and tonight is no different. Just this morning I was reading how a gentleman named Heinrich Schwabe, from Germany back in 1789, was looking for what he believed was the next planet Vulcan.  Unfortunately, he thought it existed within the orbit of Mercury.

For that story and more, check out The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories from the Life of the Star that Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman. Meanwhile, for those today who are looking for the next Vulcan, they might do well to read this article over at EarthSky entitled “New Method of Finding Planets Scores it’s First Discovery“. So where is my telescope?

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian