DARWARS DARWARS Ambush DARWARS is a research program intended to accelerate the development and deployment of military training systems. These are envisioned as low-cost, mobile, web-centric, simulation-based, “lightweight” systems designed to take advantage of the ubiquitous presence of the PC and of new technology, including multi-player games, virtual worlds, off-the-shelf PC simulations, intelligent agents, and on-line communities. The project started in 2003. The program is producing an architectural framework, including a set of web services, tools, and system interface definitions that facilitate the development of networked training systems. Controlled Tornadoes Create Renewable Energy Tornadoes may be destructive, but even funnel clouds have a silver lining. Inspired by the process that creates natural twisters, electrical engineer Louis Michaud of Canada’s AVEtec Energy Corp. designed a nonpolluting source of swirling power he calls the Atmospheric Vortex Engine. The device can spin waste heat from power plants into usable energy. Instead of directing excess heat into conventional cooling towers that simply disperse it into the air, power plants could usher the heat into the hollow, open-topped tower of a vortex engine. A heat exchanger outside the tower transfers the extra heat (piped in as warm water) to ambient air. When this warmed air is directed into the tower at an angle, it encounters cooler air and produces a circular current.
Science Passages and Research-Based Question Sets Kindergarten Reading Passages & Question Sets [top] "Water" – Describes the difference between water and ice cubes and also suggests an experiment that readers can try [Lexile 370] "Spiders" – Introduces different types of spiders and explains how spiders can be helpful to people [Lexile 380] "Deserts" – Provides information about hot and cold deserts and what they have in common [Lexile 570] 1st Grade Reading Passages & Question Sets [top]
Moshi Monsters - Parents We’ve put this page together to give you the information you need to feel confident about your children playing Moshi Monsters. What is Moshi Monsters? Moshi Monsters is an online game for kids, where they can adopt and take care of a friendly monster. It’s free to play, but we also offer a paid Moshi Membership that gives players access to a host of exclusive extra features, denoted by this symbol Within the game there are many fun, educational activities for kids to enjoy, such as:
The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change My latest student interactive for ELLs at the NY Times is on climate change. It introduces students to the problem, and it also teaches them about the “Five W’s” – who, what, where, when and why. A writing prompt is included. Celebrating Space Exploration Image Credit: NASA. On July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which provided federal funding for research into space flight. Just over two months later, on Oct. 1, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began operations. They responded quickly to the gauntlet thrown down by the Soviet Union with the 1957 launch of Sputnik and set to work exploring the universe around us. A little more than a decade after being created, NASA successfully sent men to the Moon. Inspired by every new victory and challenged by each setback, NASA continues to explore the limits of space, sending regular missions out to seek new answers about what lies beyond our ken.
Food Force: The First Humanitarian Video Game URGENT: Syrian children and their families need your help The crisis in Syria is entering a sixth brutal year. For Syrian families, this somber anniversary means another year away from home, another day not knowing where their next meal will come from, and another night that children will go to bed with empty stomachs. Just $50 will give one child food for the next three months. Please donate today. PwC Map Petroleum Economist in association with PwC, is proud to introduce the Global Renewable Energy Digital Map, a cartographic representation of installed renewable energy production capacity around the globe. Detailing production and consumption of renewable energy around the world, this unique map enables you to pinpoint installed production capacity for hydro; onshore wind; offshore wind; solar; geothermal; marine; and biomass, with each energy type clearly labeled with its own icon for ease of recognition. Stay ahead of your competitors - quickly spot regional trends and potential areas for development to enhance your company's presence within the industry. Major installed renewable infrastructure developments: hydropower, onshore wind, offshore wind, solar (thermal & photovoltaic), geothermal, marine (wave and tidal) and biomass Clickable world map to regional and then individual country maps. Illustrating the renewable energy infrastructure.
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The GNNViz Project This project, "Innovative, 3-D, interactive, and immersive techniques for visualizing, querying, and understanding regional maps of forest vegetation, fuels, and fire risk" (refered to as "GNNViz") is Project 05-4-1-12 funded by the Joint Fire Sciences Program ( Screenshot from GNNViz Climate change 'has moved firmly into the present,' U.S. report says Global warming is rapidly turning America into a stormy and dangerous place, with rising seas and disasters costing citizens from flood-stricken Florida to the wildfire-ravaged West, according to a new U.S. federal scientific report. Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming. Still, it's not too late to prevent the worst of climate change, says the 840-page report, which the White House is highlighting as it tries to jump-start often stalled efforts to curb heat-trapping gases. 'We're being hit hard.
Gold can grow on trees When Mel Lintern says gold grows on trees, he isn’t kidding. Lintern is a geochemist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO, in Kensington, Western Australia. A team he headed has just announced finding tiny grains of the precious metal in the leaves of eucalyptus trees. If you’re picturing gold leaves glittering in the sun, forget it. 26 Learning Games for Change Note: Learning games have really taken off since I originally wrote this post a number of years ago (right before the 5th annual Games for Change Festival). As a result, this post is past due for an update. If you know of other learning games you feel should be added, or have updates/perspectives concerning any of the games listed here, please comment or contact me.
Kids Zone: Energy & Electricity Electricity is an essential part of our daily lives. We use electricity for almost everything we do, whether it's turning on the lights in our house, playing our favourite video game, or even blow drying our hair. Did you ever stop to think about where this electricity comes from? Electricity is a form of energy. Electricity begins with the smallest of all particles, the atom.