Monday, June 20, 2011

Science of Nature and Me

I have spent a great deal of time lately thinking about nature and all that surrounds us.  I am fascinated by this Earth and all of it's glory.  Every day I am amazed by the gorgeous Lakes here in Michigan as well as the forests that I wander.  I love rocks.  I really enjoy finding rocks that remind me of one thing or another.  If you ever happen to see me at a beach on vacation, chances are I will be looking for a rockin' stone or two. 

I have always considered myself a steward of this Earth.  I recycle, I reuse, I repurpose, I care.  I live in constant awe of the beauty of life.  I try so hard to see the best in every situation.  I love living and every once in a while I need to step back and remind myself to breathe and breathe deep.  This is the first summer that I won't be teaching at the local community college.  I usually take on way too many roles and I become easily stressed out about everything.  I refused to do that this year.  What did I teach you may ask?  I taught a Science of Renewable Energy course as well as two sections of CSI.  I love both subjects a ton and since I am not bestowing my knowledge to thirsty students this year perhaps I will share with you the reasons that I love science and nature.

This brings me to the topic of biomimicry.  I find this concept fascinating.  What is biomimicry?  It's basically nature-inspired engineering.  I love seeing things not only for what they are but what they can become.  One of my favorite forms of biomimicry is called Artificial Photosynthesis.  We all know that plants use chlorophyll and take in sunlight and carbon dioxide and help convert into carbohydrates and oxygen.  Scientists are busy trying to replicate this process in order to split water into hydrogen and oxygen molecules to use as a fuel source.  This would help make this hydrogen fuel cells a more efficient and less expensive renewable energy source.

Are there any certain science/green related topics that you would like me to blog about?  If so I would love to hear what you think!