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Harris Educational Fan Page Archive August 2009

Harris Educational Fan Page Archive August 2009

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This document is an archive of all the major posts to our Face Book Fan Page for the month of August 2009. Preserved here are links to articles about science, technology, history, invention, open source software, and more. It also includes commentary and teacher tips and contributions from fans of our page. Free to view, download, and print. A great resource for those who are new to our fan page OR for those who do not have or wish to have facebook accounts.
This document is an archive of all the major posts to our Face Book Fan Page for the month of August 2009. Preserved here are links to articles about science, technology, history, invention, open source software, and more. It also includes commentary and teacher tips and contributions from fans of our page. Free to view, download, and print. A great resource for those who are new to our fan page OR for those who do not have or wish to have facebook accounts.

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Harris Educational Fan Page Archive for the Month of: August 2009
Harris Educational is the originator and manufacturer of "Reinventing Science" science kits and materialsthat inspire experimenters of all ages to participate in science, math, technology, history and discovery. Wealso provide services such as training and workshops, as well as eLearning, multimedia, and productdevelopment. Our mission is to excite young minds (and older young minds) and inspire them to DOscience, math, and technology.In June of 2009 we started a fan page on Facebook with the goal of promoting awareness of our productsand services. But we don't just want to advertise ourselves but rather to act as a service to educators,parents, students, and science hobbyists. We post links and articles daily that relate to science, history,education, and open source software. Also located on our fan page are photographs, information, anddiscussion forums. Another of our goals is to become an interactive location where educators, students,parents, and hobbyists can interact, share their ideas, and become more involved in science and scienceprojects.Our fan page is located at:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Harris-Educational-Reinventing-Science/86177094101Please subscribe and become fan. Also help us grow our community by using “suggest to friends” one of the first links under our logo picture in the upper left hand side of the page.(Note: At some point we will be able to have a custom URL instead of the more clunky one we have now. Iam assuming the original link will continue to work even if that is the case. If you are viewing this documentand the link above does not work, then please do a search on Facebook for “Harris Educational” or “Reinventing Science” we will update the link in future documents.)About this Document:This document is an archive of the activity on our Facebook fan page for a given month. Our goal is topreserve links, useful content, and other materials so that new fans can benefit from stories that were postedbefore they joined AND so that people who do not have or wish to have Facebook accounts can access our information. All links are given based upon the date/time they were published and therefore may not containthe same information or even still exist depending on when in the future you try to view them.This document will be published to our account on Scribd and can be viewed there online, downloaded as aPDF file, or printed. All hyperlink URL's in this document should be active and can be clicked in order tolaunch your default web browser with that content loaded.The content of this document is meant for educational and hobby purposes only. All copyright or trademarkterms or names are the property of their owners. No copyright infringement is intended. Harris Educationalis not responsible for the content posted at 3
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Harris Educational Fan Page Archive for the Month of: June 2009
August 1, 2009Astronomy: Citizen Scientists working with the "Galaxy Zoo" project have discovered extremely rare "greenpea" galaxies. You too can be a citizen scientist and help with scientific research in astronomy or many other fields. You can also get your kids involved. What a great way to invest in their future!http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Astronomers_Discover_Rare_Green_Pea_Galaxies_999.htmlAugust 3, 2009Physics / Air Pressure: For those who like bangs and explosions... This video clip is a preview of a newshow that is going to air on the BBC (and maybe eventually here in the US?) but the concept shown is reallycool. Its an oxyacetylene powered air-vortex cannon. High speed photography shows the vortex ring asvisible because it picks up evaporating water droplets from the pond over which its shot.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyAyd4WnvhUAugust 3, 2009Technology/Photography: Build your own Tilt Shift Lens! This is a great article describing how you can useordinary plumbing parts to make an inexpensive tilt shit lens for your video or still camera. Tilt Shift is atechnique where a special lens (or a photoshop/video process) is used to shift the focus in an image so thatit looks like a miniature (a video showing the results is included in the article).http://cow.mooh.org/2009/07/plungercam-2-cheaper-and-more.htmlAn example of tilt shift on video can be found in the opening credits of the recent Joss Whedon TV show"The Dollhouse"... Also if you are familiar with the opening/end credits of "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" that ISa miniature model with a camera panning over it... but tilt shift can make REAL scenes look like such aminiature model. Its a really ... Read More neat effect. If you want to try without building a lens you can alsoprocess photos using photoshop OR use this free website:http://tiltshiftmaker.com/(the lens works best for actual video)August 3, 2009FYI: We've just posted a "Fan Page Archive" for the month of June 2009 to our Scribd account. This archivelists all the major stories, updates, comments, and links from this fan page for the month of June. Soon we'llbe posting the July archive and will continue to archive each month's activity in the future. Stay tuned for other posts to Scribd including a hovercraft article and a structures workshop article!http://www.scribd.com/doc/18063921/Harris-Educational-Fan-Page-Archive-June-2009Fan Page Archive for July also now published to Scribdhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/18068308/Harris-Educational-Fan-Page-Archive-July-2009 
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August 4, 2009Earth Science/Data Logging: Build your own Seismograph! This is an article that was originally posted to our Harris Educational website in 2003. We've repackaged the article from HTML to Print format and posted toScribd. The article is meant as a starting point in designing a flex-sensor based seismograph that canconnect to probeware or data logging equipment. It explains how a flex sensor works.http://www.scribd.com/doc/18103235/Build-Your-Own-SeismographWe also used flex sensors in non-destructive testing of cardboard structures during workshops with the NC-TSA, and for NC Technology Educators. Stay tuned for a downloadable packet of information from thatworkshop including some updates. We are going through a process of offloading some of the HTML basedarticles from our old(current) Harris ... Read MoreEducational website so that we may update the site with amore modern look and feel AND with updated and better information. If you are a teacher, keep an eye onour Scribd account, we won't post all updates here to Face Book.August 4, 2009Earth Science: To go along with the previous post about how to build a seismograph, here is a great videoclip from National Geographic about earthquakes. Some amazing accidental footage taken duringearthquakes that show the true extent of the shaking when one strikes! If anyone in the audience has livedthrough an earthquake please feel free to share your experiences in the comments.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWOH2EhC1KMAugust 5, 2009Technology 3D: Scientists have used 3D imaging technology to bring an ancient spider back to life as a 3Dmodel. Would you want to run into one of these guys in a dark alley?http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_5-8-2009-9-49-44August 6, 2009Physics: Scientists had already recently discovered that ordinary sticky tape can emit x-rays when peeled ina vacuum (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27323869/) but now they have used the same principle to maketape produce lower frequency terahertz rays (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terahertz)http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327195.500-sticky-tape-emits-useful-terahertz-rays.htmlAugust 6, 2009Did you know: FEMA has a "FEMA for Kids" website with information and activities to help young childrenunderstand and learn more about natural disasters and how to be more prepared? I found this link whileresearching the tsunami alert system after a west coast friend recently posted something about being under a tsunami alert after the recent Baja California earthquake.http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/http://www.fema.gov/kids/If you are located on the West Coast of the US, here is the tsunami alert site:http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/ 
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