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Science with Strus: Anemometer

science with strus: anemometer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – This week we are combining weather with a craft that you can do at home to make a weather instrument.

In meteorology we have all sorts of weather instruments. Joe is making an anemometer.

For this experiment you’ll need five Dixie type cups, 2 straws, a single hole punch, a thumb tack, a pencil, and some tape. It’s optional to have a plastic bottle.

First, punch 4 holes in one of the cups. Push the straws through and thumb tack them together. Push the pencil through the bottom of the cup and attache the thumb tack into the eraser of the pencil.

Now, put two small holes in each cup, around a quarter inch from the top and a bout a quarter inch apart. Slide the straws through each cup, so that all cups face the same direction.

Make sure your thumb tack isn’t too tight, and then you can test your anemometer!

It’s optional to attach tape to the straws to hold them into place. You may want to do this if you are using this outside where the winds may be stronger!

It’s also optional to attach the bottom of the …

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Miracles of Science

miracles of science

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What we are doing to the forest of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. ~ Chris Maser, the noted author.
Trees are a beautiful expression of Mother Earth’s creativity. They have been around for about 400 million years. In contrast, human beings have existed only for about 100 million years. In the words of Khalil Gibran, “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Life cannot exist on Earth without trees become they produce most of the oxygen that humans and wild life breathe. Trees tower majestically into the atmosphere where they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. A typical hardcore tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and ,on an average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen per year. For survival, a human being needs 740 kg of oxygen every ~ worth at least seven or eight trees.

Trees occupy only about two-thirds of the territorial surface of the Earth, but they are responsible for approximately two-thirds of the planetary carbon capture through the process of photosynthesis. Apart from carbon storage, their services to the planet range from soil conservation to water-cycle regulation. …

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Professor Hanington’s Speaking of Science: New laser weapons

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Scientists Question Validity of Major Hydroxychloroquine Study

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More than 100 scientists and clinicians have questioned the authenticity of a massive hospital database that was the basis for an influential study published last week that concluded that treating people who have Covid-19 with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine did not help and might have increased the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and death.In an open letter to The Lancet’s editor, Richard Horton, and the paper’s authors, the scientists asked the journal to provide details about the provenance of the data and called for the study to be independently validated by the World Health Organization or another institution.A spokeswoman for Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra, the Harvard professor who was the paper’s lead author, said on Friday that the study’s authors had asked for an independent academic review and audit of their work.Use of the malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to prevent and treat Covid-19 has been a focus of intense public attention. President Trump has promoted the promise of hydroxychloroquine, despite the absence of gold-standard evidence from randomized clinical trials to prove its effectiveness, and recently said he was taking it himself in hopes of preventing coronavirus infection.The scientists’ challenges to the Lancet paper …

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From muscle cars to AI: How a Mustang kindled a love of science

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This story is part of Newsday’s 2020 Extraordinary Seniors series showcasing 12 high school students from across Long Island with the vision and determination to transform their corners of the universe — and perhaps beyond.
Sejal Gupta’s fourth-grade teacher Mr. Morris took the class to his Mustang to show them the energy transfers happening in the engine. “That’s when I started loving science,” Gupta said. Soon after, she was programming and experimenting with electronics.
“I love STEM. Engineers solve problems,” said Gupta, 18, who also happens to be Hicksville High School’s valedictorian. In eighth grade she founded Entrepreneurship and Innovation Café, a nonprofit organization to excite children about technology and enterprise. Each year 50 to 60 students (kindergarten to eighth grade) have been learning programming, breadboarding (making an experimental circuit), prototyping and more, with Gupta teaching on Zoom during the pandemic.
“It warms my heart when a third-grader jumps because he or she finally debugged their code,” Gupta said.

Those students are in capable hands. “I remember how hard Sejal worked and how other students would go to her for help,” said Jason Cetron, her teacher in three classes and Science Olympiad coach. “She was one of the youngest, and one of two …

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Journalists and politicians love science, but traffic in fear

journalists and politicians love science, but traffic in fear

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COVID-19 news coverage has put science in the middle of the news agenda. That makes sense on one level, given the nature of the biological threat and the expectation that science is called on to eliminate the crisis. The obsession with and worship of science, however, has its limitations. Science alone can’t address the broader sociopolitical, economic and ethical aspects of the COVID-19 emergency. The news industry hasn’t figured that out.Noted rhetorician Robert Weiss often explained to his students and professor colleagues, “Facts don’t speak for themselves. People do.” This whimsical aphorism has particular relevance in assessing how politicians and journalists have pushed science to the forefront of all things COVID-19. Science is supposed to be good at providing facts, but is less capable of effectively applying those facts into the messy realities of a culture. That’s where people enter, to speak for the facts. Indeed, the same scientific facts can lead people to quite different decisions, depending on context and their personal motivations. Further, when there is disagreement on the scientific “facts,” as has been seen during the COVID-19 crisis, chaos ensues.But the media’s blind and un-nuanced dedication to “science” has rhetorically …

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TPT unleashes the superpowers of science in an ambitious new preschool series

tpt unleashes the superpowers of science in an ambitious new preschool series

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The consultants took their $36 million assignment seriously — for 15 minutes. Then one yawned. Another began yanking on his shoelaces while his neighbor chewed her hair. A particularly frustrated expert started banging his head into a pillow.

Squirming is expected when your focus group consists of first- and second-graders who haven’t had their afternoon snacks.

But when it came to creating the cartoon series “Hero Elementary,” the most ambitious project in Twin Cities Public Television’s history, these youngsters at St. Paul’s Rondo Center helped save the day.

The weekday show, which premieres nationwide Monday on PBS, revolves around four unusually gifted young students who discover that science can be just as useful as their own superpowers.

During the past two years, researchers in the Twin Cities, Boston and California’s Silicon Valley recruited groups of 6- to 8-year-olds for storytelling sessions that tested potential plot lines. Their suggestions — from enhancing the role of the class hamster to insisting that the young protagonists clean up their messes — were incorporated into scripts before being transformed into cartoons.

At the Rondo session early last year, the researcher finished reading from her illustrated book and asked for feedback from her audience.

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Science Simplified – Why Would You Care About This Show? – 47abc

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May 29, 2020

Science Simplified by Bill Nye, among the Well-known displays on PBS. The first episode of the series was a normal television hit for quite some time now. Nowadays kids and older people are understanding about the way in which the universe functions watching the series.

It’s important to take a look at some of the concepts that have yet to be assessed yet, to comprehend this show. Even the Big Bang idea wasn’t developed until after Einstein’s general theory of relativity was first developed. So, scientists have to use the definition of”Big Bang concept” to clarify its excuse of the way evidence based practice research the universe began.

The original concept was an explanation about how our universe began. It then exploded in size, started like nothing and started to expand and begin increasing at a rapid rate. Many scientists believe that we live in a part of the universe that’s in the stage at which that the Big Bang Theory commenced.

Although the phrase”simplified” was usedto describe the concept of this Big Bang concept, it is still not readily known by the majority of men and women. Fortunately, are a lot of …

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For top U.S. virus experts, faith and science work together | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

for top u.s. virus experts, faith and science work together | hawaii tribune-herald

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NEW YORK — The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some scientists leading the nation’s response, the two have worked in concert.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins founded a nonprofit focused on “the harmony between science and biblical faith.” Anthony Fauci, NIH’s senior infectious disease specialist, has said he isn’t active in organized religion but credited his Jesuit schooling with burnishing the values that drive his public service.

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And Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describes his faith and his public health work as mutually reinforcing.
“One of the great things about faith is, you can approach life with a sense of hope — no matter what the challenges you’re dealing with, that there’s a path forward,” Redfield told The Associated Press.
The influence of faith on some of the government’s top coronavirus fighters illustrates its complicated connection to science. While tensions over public worship’s effect on public health arise amid the pandemic – with President Donald Trump declaring religious services “essential” – personal spirituality, in all of its forms, remains an unquestioned guidepost for some scientists guiding …

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