“A physical book is made up of organic matter that reacts with heat, light, moisture, and the chemicals used in its production.” via InterestingSomethings
“EnergySaver allows you to analyze your current and estimate your future energy consumption instead of just analyzing or tracking past energy consumption. EnergySaver also enables you to customize and analyze each appliance’s energy consumption instead of just the overall consumption. By analyzing each appliance’s current energy consumption, you can make real changes that will translate into more money in your wallet.”
Today, I had the pleasure of talking to some students over at Van Nuys High School about confidence and style. I have said this before, and I will say it again, I am so amazed at how smart kids are these days. All of the students had great energy, and even more confidence.We had mini photo shoots and they told me what style means to them. I told them to keep there heads up and to be confident no matter what. They also learned my favorite poem by Langston Hughes (my motto).Thank you to Jahmela Biggs and the good people at IMPACT for inviting me out. I hope they learned something, and I wish them all the best in the future…if you guys are reading this…U rock!!! SWAG! (inside joke) More pics [Read more...]
Dohn Community High School, a dropout recovery charter school in Cincinnati, is attempting a novel method of persuading student to come to class: Paying them.
The school says it has teamed up with donors and the Easter Seals to offer seniors who arrive on-time every day $25 a week. Underclassmen are eligible to receive $10 a week.
“You have students who we haven’t seen in a week or two coming to school,” says principal Ramon Davenport. “So that tells me that this incentive that we’re trying is actually working.”
Behind every great man, there’s a great woman. That phrase is a genuine parallel to the life of Helmut Newton and his wife, June. June, who worked under the pseudonym, Alice Springs, became enamored with photography after her husband was struck with influenza to which she then took the reigns and had Helmut give her a crash course in Photography 101. 40 years later her iconic work has been collected in Taschen’s “Alice Springs Photographs ($40)”, which features four decades of advertising and fashion work as well portraits from her personal collection. get it
Scientists say too much carbon dioxide is bad for the Earth. And too much carbon monoxide can kill you. So why are researchers at the University of Michigan excited about turning CO2 into CO? Because the end product could come in handy for producing electricity and hydrogen. U of M chemists, along with others from the University of Oxford, say they’ve come up with an efficient way to turn carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide using visible light (like sunlight).
Apparently, they’re not the first ones to cite the opportunities this creates. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico boasted in late 2007 about using concentrated solar energy to convert CO2 back to CO.
What’s different here? The U of M/Oxford method, reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, apparently uses considerably less energy input than current methods. And, it’s pretty close to what nature does naturally.
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Smart is the New Cool: Nas Shows True Leadership & Pursues High School Diploma, Encourages Youth to Stay in School
Nas was on hand at the Boys and Girls Clubâ€™s 43rd annual National Keystone Conference in Pittsburgh to drive home the importance of education and leadership.
The elite lyricist spoke candidly about his personal life, admitting that he never finished high school and regrets the decision despite his years of a success as a musician.
He now plans to obtain the diploma, and urged those present not to make the same mistake.
â€œThe reality of it is, you need to keep educating yourself, and I wish I had stayed in school,â€ Nas explained. â€œBe your own leader.â€
Nas, along with Ne-Yo and former NBA player Bob Lanier, were brought in by the Keystone Club, a subgroup within the Boys and Girls Club that emphasizes leadership through community service.
The organizationâ€™s Vice President of Corporate and Partner Relationships, Frank Sanchez, applauded Nasâ€™ message for highlighting a desire for education in spite of his financial success and popularity.
â€œThis is an incredible message, to have someone who succeeded so much in their life, but there is still a void,â€ he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Much respect to the homie Nas for this. Check out this inspiring classic track “I Know I Can” & let’s continue cultivating the minds of our youth. Broccoli City loves the kids!
Architecture is knowledge, history, research and trend. This is literally evident in Book Cell, an octagonal building made entirely from books that was installed in the Modern Art Center in Lisboa. Slovakian artist Matej Kren built an octagonal framework, filled it with books and removed it, leaving a symmetrical, enclosed room of stacked literature. via: inhabitat
Consumer Reports’ latest tests of packaged leafy greens found bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination, in some cases, at rather high levels. The story appears in the March 2010 issue ofÂ Consumer Reports and is also available freeonline. Consumers Union today also issued aÂ report [PDF] urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set safety standards for greens.
Egypt will soon reveal the results of DNA tests made on the world’s most famous ancient king, the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun, to answer lingering mysteries over his lineage, the antiquities department said Sunday.Â The results will be compared to those made of King Amenhotep III, who may have been Tutankamun’s grandfather.
The effort is part of a wider program to check the DNA of hundreds of mummies to determine their identities and family relations. The program could help determine Tutankhamun’s family lineage, which has long been a source of mystery.Â The identity of Tut’s parents is not firmly known. Many experts believe he is the son of Akhenaten, the 18th Dynasty pharaoh who tried to introduce monotheism to ancient Egypt almost 3,500 years ago, and one of Akhenaten’s queens, Kiya. But others have suggested he was the son of a lesser known pharaoh who followed Akhenaten.
Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period when Akhenaten’s monotheism was ended and powers were returned to the priests of ancient Egypt’s multiple deities.Â Hawass has announced ambitious plans for DNA tests on Egyptian mummies, including tests on all royal mummies and the nearly two dozen unidentified ones stored in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. He has said the tests may show that some royal mummies on display are not who archaeologists thought them to be.Â Hawass has long rejected DNA testing on Egyptian mummies by foreign experts, and only recently allowed such projects on condition they be done exclusively by Egyptians. A $5 million DNA lab was created at the Egyptian Museum, with funding from the Discovery Channel.