Reading Week Blues?

April 26, 2012 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

Happy (belated) Earth Day!

Reading Week is almost upon us. This could mean anything from lots of work that needs to be completed to lots of unscheduled time before Finals Week. One thing for sure, it means that Renn Fayre is just around the corner and it will soon be time to move Beyond the Bubble. Here’s some reading and listening to get you ready for summer:

  • Waiting for your turn at bat? Check out the grass. (NY Times, 23 Apr 2012, Science – Environment). “So Much Life on a Little Patch of Earth” challenges us to take a closer look at what we often take for granted: the earth beneath our feet, the air we breath, the rain water flowing off the dorm roof. Carol Yoon points out that nature is all around, not just in Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests or Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  • If the grass is turning brown, it might be due to copper nanoparticles. (NY Times, 24 Apr 2012, Green Blog). The Green Blog reports that a new study has correlated damage to plants with their exposure to certain types of nanoparticles.
  • But it could also be the water. (NY Times, 21 Apr 2012, Sunday Review – Op Docs) Jessica Yu argues that, given perennial water shortages in parts of our nation, we should consider recycling waste water for more uses.
  • Colleague Remembers Sherwood Rowland (1927-2012) (Science, 13 Apr 2012, Perspective, p. 170) Another reflection on the life of atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate Sherwood Rowland that is almost entirely devoted to the issue of CFC’s and ozone destruction. A must-read for aspiring environmental scientists.
  • Virtual Hot Spots (Science, 13 Apr 2012, p. 172) Computer modeling isn’t just for atmospheric scientists. This article describes how ecologists are using simulation programs to predict how animals might handle the extra heat that will accompany climate change.
  • Chemicals and Health (Living on Earth, 17 Feb 2012, mp3/stream or read transcript) There are tens of thousands of chemicals in everyday products. Only a fraction of these have been tested for toxicity and health effects in the U.S. Host Bruce Gellerman talks to Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, about news studies that raise troubling health questions.
  • Magnetic soap won’t go down the drain (Science Friday, 27 Jan 2012, mp3/stream) BP released millions of gallons of dispersants to break up oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But what if dispersants could be sucked up again after doing their job? Chemistry professor Julian Eastoe talks about an iron-containing soap he’s created that can be recaptured using a magnet.
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