Sep. 22, 2009

Movie Review: Garbage Dreams

by Betty Diop

Garbage Dreams is a documentary film which sheds light on how much the world needs to refocus its values. This film proves that modernization is not always the best idea. The film introduces us to Cairo's most influential, but highly underappreciated, social group, Christians known as the Zaballeen. Their livelihoods are centered on collecting and recycling Cairo’s trash. This is all they know, but now foreign garbage companies want to strip them of their livelihood. The Zaballeen live on the outskirts of Cairo, where hey recycle 80 percent of everything ...

Science & the Arts, Science on the Screen, Teen to Teen, documentary, garbage dreams, movie review
Sep. 22, 2009

Scientist for a Day

by Betty Diop

Looking for fun after school? How about performing surgery? The only requirement is that you be tall enough to reach the keyboard. Virtual surgery is for everyone. It’s a creative way to learn about your body and explore professions in science. Edheads hosts a variety of different virtual activities. You can design your own cell phone, conduct surgery, investigate a car crash, or predict the weather. From would-be medical practitioner to detective, meteorologist, or engineer, Edheads offers something for everyone.Most people find the virtual surgeries the best feature of ...

Teen to Teen, internet, scientist, surgery, web, website
Sep. 21, 2009

Movie Review (Betty): The Age of Stupid

by Betty Diop

Also see Rosalee's review of The Age of Stupid.With ice caps melting in the Arctic and the rising of global temperatures, how many more years do we really have on Earth? The Age of Stupid is a documentary which combines fiction, personal accounts from real people, and animation to illustrate how our ignorance will lead to our demise. The Age of Stupid opens in the United States on September 21, 2009, as part of the United Nations’ Climate Week. The producers want us all to take action against climate change ...

Science & the Arts, Science on the Screen, Teen to Teen, age of stupid, betty diop, climate change, global warming, movie, science & the arts, science in the arts, teen to teen
Aug. 20, 2009

Review: Bodies... The Exhibition

by Betty Diop

The Bodies Exhibit at South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan features displays that you would never find in any ordinary biology or anatomy textbook. It combines science with art in such an innovative way that you'll be asking for more. The exhibit displays real human bodies while focusing on particular body systems. Each body is opened up in very specific ways to emphasize a disease or illustrate body movements. It might sound disgusting, but it's actually a wonder to see. You see the bodies doing many ...

Teen to Teen, bodies, exhibition
Aug. 20, 2009

California Sea Lions at the Central Park Zoo

by Betty Diop

If you live in New York City, then you can visit California Sea Lions at the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, or the New York Aquarium at Coney Island. At the Central Park Zoo you can observe sea lions’ feeding, and zookeepers demonstrate how they check the sea lions’ bodies, teeth, and vision. It’s a great opportunity to watch these beautiful animals in action.California Sea Lions are perhaps the most social marine animals in the sea. These creatures live in groups called harems, which consist of the dominant ...

Teen to Teen, Wild Talk, bronx zoo, california sea lions, central park zoo, new york city, sea lions, zoo
Aug. 20, 2009

Experiments With My Brother: Magic Finger

by Betty Diop

Magic Finger is a simple experiment I conducted with my little brother, David. It was really cool and he and I both enjoyed it. All you need is black pepper, soap, and a large-sized pop bottle cut in half. You can use either the bottom half or the top part. We used the top half since we didn’t need a lot of water.Fill the bottle half with water and sprinkle some black pepper into it. My brother placed his finger in the mixture. Of course nothing happened. Then ...

Hands-on Activities, Tabletop Science, brother, family, science experiments
Aug. 20, 2009

Experiments With My Brother: Paper Magic and Sky Colors

by Betty Diop

My little brother, David, age eight, is interested in science and anything innovative. So we decided to do some Pop Bottle Science experiments. The first experiment we did was called Paper Magic. David was really excited as soon as he saw the pop bottle because it looked cool and he was curious about what we would do with it. I explained to him that we would need to fill a bucket with water. He was eager to do everything on his own and didn't really want my help at ...

Hands-on Activities, Tabletop Science, brother, family, science experiment

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