The morning began with a quick dash for coffee at the local Starbucks. After some light conversation about our personal teaching positions we headed out at approximately 8:30 am. We met with Kaitlyn and Chris from the SCA at the National Park, for the second day, to continue our monitoring of the pristine streams found in Prince William County.
(Or, “another day, another macroinvertebrate”)
We loaded up and headed off deep into the wilds of… Alexandria.
Traffic wasn’t too bad! We made decent time getting to the Cameron Run, a 4th order stream in an industrial area with a LOT of human impacts. Think runoff and flooding, channelization, sewage and pollutants (ick.) But many of our fishies and bugs are resilient: even in these rather cruddy conditions, some organisms thrive.
Welllll.... mostly business.
Gas prices are on the rise again... The world's supply of fossil fuel is limited and will eventually be exhausted. Production is becoming more difficult and more expensive. Many Americans are turning to renewable energy. What exactly is renewable energy? Can you name 5 renewable energy sources?
The word "nerd" is a fairly recent addition to the English language and is now quite common in everyday speech.
When and where was the first recorded usage of the word?
(Hint: Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday...)
Answer: Dr. Seuss holds the honor of first printed usage of the word "nerd." It appeared in the book If I Ran the Zoo, written in 1950.
- Producing electricity through subsurface dams set up over strong ocean currents
- The ability to move large amounts of people safely underwater as opposed to dangerous travel above the surface during hostile weather or attacks
If you lowered the thermostat on your water heater by one degree this year, you could save enough energy to microwave 207 bags of popcorn or power a fish tank for 19 days.
If 1000 people joined you, we could power 10 homes for 30 days or power a hospital for 4 days.
More energy facts at the Energy Generator:
If you replaced one incandescent light bulb with a CFL, you would save enough energy to watch TV for 429 hours, watch 215 DVDs or play a video game for 201 hours.
If 1000 people joined you, you could power a roller coaster for 34 days, power a shopping mall for 31 days or power Alaska for 8 hours.
More energy facts at the Energy Generator: http://www.willyoujoinus.com/usingenergywisely/energygenerator/?gclid=CKOi6rTRjagCFcPd4AodWDCxDQ
Congratulations VCU!!! The VCU Rams are in the Final Four!!! Virginians are cheering for the "Cinderella" #11 seed Rams whom many said did not belong in the tournament.
Only two other teams with double-digit seeds have ever reached the Final Four. Who were they?
And don't miss March Ratness on Thursday, March 31 (11 am) at the Science Museum of Virginia!!! Four rats will play their own tournament - who do you think will win???
A recent acquisition into the collection of the Virginia Aviation Museum is this 1944 Eastern Airlines timetable which contains flight times and prices.
Eastern Airlines began offering passenger flights out of Richmond beginning in 1932.