Start here

Kimberly Gogan: A Ship Full of Science! April 9, 2014

seesciencecenter:

NOAA Teacher at Sea, Kim Gogan (science teacher from Newport,NH) currently aboard the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter just posted a blog on the progress of AMAPPS & Turtle Abundance Survey. Check it out.

Originally posted on NOAA Teacher at Sea Blog:

NOAA Teacher at Sea
Kim Gogan
Aboard NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter
April 7 – May 1, 2014

MissionAMAPPS & Turtle Abundance Survey Ecosystem Monitoring
Geographical area of cruise:  North Atlantic Ocean
Date: Wednesday, April 9th

Weather Data from the Bridge
Air Temp: 5.5 Degrees Celsius
Wind Speed: 9.0 Knots
Water Temp: 4.6 Degrees Celsius
ater Depth: 41.2 Meters

The Science Teams (Photo Credit to Mark Weekley)

The Science Teams – Photo by Mark Weekly

Science and Technology Log

If Science at Sea is what I wanted, this is the ship for it!  The evening of our departure from Newport, R.I. on Monday, April 7th, the group of scientists met in the staff lounge for a meeting of the minds. I soon found out that there was an array of scientist on the ship all with different goals and science they wanted to conduct. On this ship we have two teams of Oceanographers, a day team…

View original 1,128 more words

Does influenza have an Achilles’ heel?

seesciencecenter:

Check this out.

Originally posted on THE OUTBREAK:

Flu epidemics cause up to half a million deaths worldwide each year , and emerging strains continually threaten to spread to humans and cause even deadlier pandemics. A study published by Cell Press on April 10 in the journal Immunity reveals that a drug that inhibits a molecule called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) increases survival rates in mice infected with a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus . The findings pave the way for an urgently needed therapy that is highly effective against the flu virus and potentially other viral infections.

“Drugs that specifically target PGE2 pathways have already been developed and tested in animals, so our results have excellent potential for clinical translation, not only for the treatment of influenza, but also other viral respiratory infections that interact with similar host immune pathways,” says senior study author Maziar Divangahi of McGill University.

Despite the worldwide use of vaccination…

View original 234 more words

Silent Killers Of Your Metabolism

seesciencecenter:

A great metabolism is so important to our health. Check out this list of factors that affect our metabolism.

Originally posted on Wira Setiawan:

silent-killers-of-your-metabolism-infographic

View original

Proof That Math Equations Can Affect the Brain

Proof That Math Equations Can Affect the Brain

 a new brain scan study confirms that equations can activate the brain in much the same way that great art does.

 The Huffington Post  | by  David Freeman Posted: 02/17/2014 12:16 pm EST Updated: 02/18/2014 5:59 pm EST 

What happens before an exhibit arrives on the exhibit floor at SEE?

By Adele Maurier Design Coordinator

A lot of different scenarios can play out before an exhibit arrives at SEE for you to enjoy.  Some of our exhibits are built on site in the SEE workshop, other exhibits are purchased from other science centers and others are custom built for us by exhibit design firms.  But the most special exhibits to us are the exhibits that were built with the local community.  Going back to the very beginning of SEE in 1986, working with community partners has not only been essential to our success, but something that brings us great pride and satisfaction – and we meet a lot of great people!  Through the years many different community partners have worked with SEE to create and build exhibits.  The biggest example is our LEGO Millyard Project, where four local organizations and over 200 volunteers helped plan and build the exhibit from 2004 to 2006.  Recently SEE had the privilege to work with Community Partners to build the Hybrid House. 

The Hybrid House is one component of the “Green Revolution”, an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The typical recipe for traveling a museum exhibition is to pack objects into crates, load them onto trucks, and then have those trucks travel the highways to museums across the country. “Green Revolution,” however, is an innovative museum exhibit where participating venues receive all of the necessary design files and instructions digitally, allowing them to construct and customize their very own home grown “eco-zibit” from re-used, recycled materials found within their local community.

The Hybrid House was funded in part by a grant from PSNH and the NH Center for Non-Profits. Exhibit construction was completed by a broad partnership including PSNH employee volunteers, the Manchester Community College, and the UNH Cooperative Extension. A significant portion of the materials for the project were donated by Coastal Forest Products and Bedford Fields.   The result is a house built with sustainable construction that contains exhibits on six home energy efficiency topics.  The volunteers gave their time and skills and creativity to bring a one-of-a-kind exhibit to the SEE community. Visit SEE any day to check it out!
Image
Caption:
Celebrating the Hybrid House Opening are volunteers from PSNH(front, l-r): Jack Schelling, Adele Maurier (SEE Science Center Design Coordinator), Thelma Brown, Nancy Rheinhardt, Mark Toussaint, and Dave Simard. In the back are Douglas Heuser (SEE Science Center Executive Director), Randy Dixon, Mike Loughlin, Dave Still, and Ray Horion. Missing from photo are Jim Zattlerand John Beaney, who were responsible for much of the construction, Margaret Hagen and Pam Doherty from the UNH Cooperative Extension who were responsible for much of the signage and Dana Mosher from Manchester Community College and Stephen Floyd from PSNH who designed the wall construction.

Image
What materials were recycled to create the Hybrid House?  Some examples: The balance at the center of the house was once part of an exhibit on aging; the introductory sign was once part of an exhibit on communications. 

The Science Behind Creativity: How Brain Chemistry Influences Us

seesciencecenter:

There’s science behind creativity. Take a look into this brief science lesson that we had to share!

Originally posted on Random Inspirations:

Creativity is such an elusive feeling: some days, it’s there  en masse , while on others writer’s block rears its ugly head, and it’s virtually impossible to get rid of it. Have you ever stopped to think why on certain days, you might feel more creative than others? When I asked myself this question, I realized that my creativity generally increases after a good night’s sleep, vigorous exercise, doing a rewarding activity, or meditating. And the chemist in me said, “Whoa, all of these activities influence your brain’s chemistry. Think there’s a connection there?” The answer, of course, is a no-brainer.

I have an extensive chemistry background from my “previous life” as a pharmacist; in pre-pharmacy Organic Chemistry classes, I spent hours poring over molecular structures and their reactions, and in pharmacy school I learned about biochemistry. I was particularly intrigued by the chemistry of the brain, and the way…

View original 417 more words

Camp Summer Science

Becky Mayhew

Operations & Programs Manager

becky@see-sciencecenter.org

Summer is coming faster than we realize and that means I am getting ready for summer camp here at the SEE Science Center!  Although it ranks right up there as two of my most tiring weeks of the year, they are also a contenders for my two favorite weeks of the year.  I honestly have just as much fun as the campers.  Our science camp is all hands-on and extremely engaging.

For most of the year, I interact with a child for an hour or two during a school field trip but during camp we have a whole week filled with cool science activities.This year I am excited about two brand new modules we are offering to our campers. Nano Science, which is the science of things that are TINY!  It should be really interesting exploring things that are too small to see. And the very tricky Science of Magic which will delve into some of the science behind the magic. Add in some serious free explore time at the science center, Reverse Engineering, exhibit prototype building and top it off with a Make Your Own Sundae Party and how can you lose?

I am SO ready!  Now all I need are the campers…

2012-07-19_13-41-53_305

p12 (1)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.