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Science Spot Light: Marine Bird Observer

Originally posted on NOAA Teacher at Sea Blog:
NOAA Teacher at Sea Kim Gogan Aboard Name of Ship: NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter Date Range at Sea; April 7th – May 1st Mission:AMAPPS & Turtle Abundance Survey,  Ecosystem Monitoring Geographical area of cruise:  North Atlantic Ocean Date: Wednesday, April 9th Weather Data from the Bridge Air Temp:   10.5…

Does vitamin C really prevent the common cold?


This is a an interesting read. Do you believe that vitamin C can cure the common cold?

Originally posted on The Weekly Show:

Gluten-free. Low carbs. Vitamin supplements. While some of these habits have demonstrable benefits, some seem a little…weird. For instance, what would you say if I told you eating fifty-one bananas a day was the key to healthy living? Many people swear by obscure diets and practices without researching what they actually do. Let’s examine a common one: vitamin C’s ability to cure the common cold.

In 1970 famed chemist Linus Pauling published Vitamin C and the Common Cold, the culmination of his studies on vitamin C. Pauling advocated high intake of the vitamin to prevent the common cold, and in the following years championed oral and intravenous doses to increase the longevity of terminally ill cancer patients. According to his trials, vitamin C intake extended the patients’ survival as much as four times.

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Pauling’s claims have been widely rebuked by the medical community.

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


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…

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Does influenza have an Achilles’ heel?


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…

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Silent Killers Of Your Metabolism

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

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!
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.

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. 


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