6 May 12 (Mr. Kitchens): The more scientists and engineers work with nature (instead of against), the more brilliant and helpful they find nature to be. Check out this very cool website regarding the applications we're able to copy from nature: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/2012/04/like-mother-nature/.
- Relevance: Nature is many things to us, and we often find the solution to our problem sits right under our nose in nature.
What are some of the ethical implications of applying nanotechnology? Check out a "How it Works" video on the subject of being responsible with nanotechnology: http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/37561-discovery-news-tech-nanotechnology-risks-video.htm. Here's an article on how using nanotechnology to control dangerous bacteria can also be a problem for "good" bacteria: http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/30536-notre-dame-leads-in-the-discussion-of-the-ethical-and-societal-impacts-of-nanotechnology.
Here's another very interesting image site (see the "gecko" foot): http://www.nisenet.org/image-collection.
Play the game, Nanocure: http://www.nanooze.org/english/games.html.
- Relevance: Nanotechnology is an increasingly popular and groundbreaking area of discovery that promises huge science and technology applications. The applications of nanotechnology are also creating numerous points of discussion and controversy, so getting educated on the topic is important.
http://litmotors.com/home/. Cool video (need to scroll down): http://www.gizmag.com/lit-motors-c1-self-balancing-motorcycle/21002/.
- Relevance: A great example of thinking outside the box with math and engineering to deliver a potentially "sea change" real world transportation alternative.
31 Mar 12 (Mr. Kitchens): Take a look at the following important and compelling photos of leopard seals, polar bears, and others, plus some serious and hilarious narrative by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer. (Forewarning: if you have a weak stomach, there are some relatively raw photos of nature taking it's course--polar bears eating seals...but, only photos, no video): http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_nicklen_tales_of_ice_bound_wonderlands.html
- Relevance: A great example of how to apply a hobby (photography) not only for enjoyment, but to influence others and make a difference in this world.