Friday, January 17, 2014

Endangered Species and Mad Science

We are deep in our research for our endangered species reports and presentations. We will be publishing books with photographs of the species we studied plus giving TED-style talks on the species. We will film the talks and publish them on-line, with a link to the reports. Look for a celebration and TED-talk invitation next week.
If you would like to check out a sample TED Talk, follow the link to TED Under 20. We watched and were inspired by #5, by Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions

And for some Mad Science pix....

We were investigating the insulating properties of blubber by plunging our hands into a very frigid mix of water, ice and snow. Mother Nature obliged by making the outside temperatures in the single digits and providing lots of fresh snow.  One hand got a layer of vegetable fat to insulate it and the other was uninsulated. We recorded the difference in the way the hands felt after thirty seconds and one minute.  Some lasted a minute and a half, and in the interest of frostbite prevention, we stopped there!

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