Aug. 12, 2011

Recycled, Carbon-offsetting Deliciousness

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

By Jesse Medalia Strauss, American UniversityWhen most people think about the causes of climate change, the images that come to mind are likely exhaust-spewing cars and smoking oil refineries. Seldom do we take into account the how the food we eat affects our climate. Yet, we all impact global greenhouse gas emissions through the choices we make about what we buy at the grocery store, how we cook, and which restaurants we go to.

Teen to Teen
Aug. 11, 2011

Urban Beekeeping

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Teen to Teen, Video, agriculture, bees, farming
Aug. 09, 2011

Designing a Sustainable Society

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Sustainable NYC, Video
Jul. 22, 2011

Movie Review: If A Tree Falls

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

By Jesse Medalia Strauss, American UniversityIf A Tree Falls is a documentary directed, produced, written, and edited by Marshall Curry, best known for his Academy Award-nominated film, Street Fight. His new film pieces together the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

Teen to Teen, conservation, Ecology, environment
Jul. 08, 2011

Sustainable NYC: The 1.45 Mile Long Recycling Project

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

New York has taken several steps to make recycling easier and more efficient for all city dwellers. Recycling bins can be found in all major parks and hotspots. The city has mandated that all public schools must sort and recycle their trash. New York remains at the cusp of this reusing trend. There is no greater testament to New York's commitment to recycling than the 1.45 mile long and $152 million recycling project otherwise known as the High Line.The High Line is an elevated park that runs from Gansevoort Street ...

Sustainable NYC
Jul. 08, 2011

What is sustainable food?

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Sustainable NYC, Video
Jul. 07, 2011

Sustainable NYC: Cleaning the Gowanus

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

The walk through Brooklyn from Red Hook to Park Slope is generally a pleasant one. The stroll up Union Street samples the best rolls, pizza, and coffee shops New York has to offer. Not to mention the Egg Creams, a Brooklyn staple. But once you pass the Union and Bond Street intersection, whatever appetite you had immediately evaporates with the overwhelming stench of a century and a half of sewage waste and pollution. You are about to cross the bridge over one of the most contaminated waterways in the country: the Gowanus Canal.

Sustainable NYC, Teen to Teen
Jun. 28, 2011

When Water is Scarce: Israel's Most Precious Resource

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

TalkingScience correspondents Jesse Medalia Strauss and Julian Cohen-Serrins embarked on a ten day trip to Israel. In between eating delicious falafels and enjoying the historic sites, the young journalists investigated Israel's water crisis. Here you will see their photos and learn how water effects Israeli society, from fountain shows to desert farming.

Science, Teen to Teen
Jun. 24, 2011

Why is science cool?

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Teen to Teen, Video, World Science Festival
Jun. 22, 2011

A Moment With A Mini Math Magician

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Teen to Teen, Video, World Science Festival, math
Jun. 22, 2011

A Moment with a Math Magician

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Teen to Teen, Video, World Science Festival
Jun. 21, 2011

Teenage Robot Builders

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Teen to Teen, Video, World Science Festival, Engineering, robotics, robots
Jun. 16, 2011

Teen Inventors Talk about Apps

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Teen to Teen, Video, computer science, Engineering
Jun. 10, 2011

World's Fastest Rubik's Cube-Solving Robot

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Video, Engineering, games, puzzles, robotics
Apr. 12, 2011

What is Yuri's Night?

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

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Video, International Public Science Events Conference, microgravity, Tim Bailey
Jul. 26, 2010

Darwinism: The Ridiculousness of a Term

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

My last couple of entries I have tackled ridiculousness pertaining to issues that have massive scope. Issues such as energy independence, climate change, the fate of our current geo-political system; ridiculousness that we hear about everyday on television, in newspapers, and across the blogosphere. However today, while riding the subway, I was reminded that ridiculousness comes in all shapes and sizes. And in this case, ridiculousness came in the form of a book title.

Jesse Battles Ridiculousness
Jun. 22, 2010

World Science Festival Photo Gallery

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

This is the a special photo gallery that is a part of a series of posts covering the recent World Science Festival in New York City. All photos were taken by our very own blogger Jesse M.S. and Julian Cohen-Serrins.

Events & Exhibits, World Science Festival, world science festival
Jun. 22, 2010

Dirt Batteries and Solar Camels

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

The underdeveloped world, at a glance, appears hampered by its lack of modern technology and infrastructure. However, that is only at a glance. In the poorest crevasses of Africa or the most isolated quarters of the Far East, some people have been spinning a web of new ideas and innovations. Just remember what young inventor Hugo Van Vuuren says: “If it works in Africa, it works everywhere.” I found out how right Van Vuuren is when I went to the 2010 World Science Festival’s Modern MacGyvers: Innovations for a Developing World, held at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Modern MacGyvers showcased a series of inventions that not only makes a substantial

Events & Exhibits, World Science Festival, world science festival
Jun. 13, 2010

Breathing the Air of Geniuses: The World Science Festival Opening Gala

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

It was a gorgeous night in New York City, the dark blue sky visible through the vast glass walls of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The perfect setting to share food, drinks and experiences with some of the smartest and most preeminent names in the entire field of science. This was the Opening Gala of the third annual World Science Festival. A most exquisite kick off to five days of forty different events, teaming with vibrant discussion, discovery, and displays of the latest and most innovative breakthroughs in the world of science and technology.

Events & Exhibits, World Science Festival, world science festival
Jun. 03, 2010

Oil Spills, Terrorists, and Jimmy Carter

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

On April 18, 1977, President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation with the first ever-proposed federal energy policy. In this speech, he stressed above all the vital imperative to conserve our dwindling oil resources and move towards alternative and renewable sources of energy. Carter warned that “the alternative may be a national catastrophe,” a national catastrophe like the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jesse Battles Ridiculousness
Apr. 21, 2010

Earth Day and the Green Commandments

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

Greetings Dear Reader,Today is Earth Day, one of the few holidays I actually take seriously. Yet at the same time, it is also a holiday that I find is ridiculous that we need have in the first place. Everything comes from the Earth. Everyday we pillage for its resources, not just for our survival, but mainly to support our lifestyle, a lifestyle of excess and consumption. A lifestyle that is nothing more than a perversion of the American Dream and by consequence inhibits the survival of others and sucks the ...

Jesse Battles Ridiculousness
Mar. 22, 2010

The Passage of Health Care and the Last Stand of the Republicans

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

Greetings Dear Readers,I understand that this is a funny headline for a science blog. But unfortunately we live in very politically volatile times. Although ideally science should be kept far, far, far away from the soap opera with a trillion dollar budget that is American politics, the reality is that politics and science are very much intertwined. Without the votes of our elected officials, there would be no funding for important and revolutionary projects like RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider) at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, ...

Headline, Jesse Battles Ridiculousness
Feb. 14, 2010

Snowpocalypse Now

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

Greetings Dear Readers,If you live anywhere within continental United States, you are no doubt informed of the rippling snowstorm spreading across the country. Some citizens even experiencing snow for the first time, like many Texas residents who had the pleasure of receiving a whole foot of the stuff dumped on to their unsuspecting roads and houses. In Washington, DC, where I live the majority of the year, we experienced the worst snowstorm in 200 years. A storm powerful enough to shut down the roads, metro, schools and even the United ...

Headline, Jesse Battles Ridiculousness
Jan. 27, 2010

A Bit of Political Science for a Change

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

Greetings, Dear Readers.Now, I understand given this is talkingscience.org, so there is an argument to be made that this blog post could be deemed “inappropriate” or “off topic.”  However,  recent events in the circus that is the American political world have injected me with what can only be described as an adrenaline rush equivalent of ridiculousness. So, given the thousands of universities that now offer political science as a major as my justification, as well as the fact that the Democrats are pro-science, I will now analyze for you the ...

Jesse Battles Ridiculousness, health care, political science, Politics, ted kennedy
Jan. 10, 2010

Climate Change and the New Decade

by Jesse Medalia Strauss

Greetings, Dear Readers.I write to you from the tight confine that is the window seat of a Bolt Bus. My legs, holding in place a duffel bag filled with clothes, are practically stuck for the next four hours, a torture barely offset by the fact that Bolt offers Wi-Fi. As the sky slowly begins to grow darker and the driver steers the bus south down the highway, I can feel my much-needed winter break slowly draw to a close and the pressure and anticipation of the start of a new ...

Jesse Battles Ridiculousness, jesse

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