I chaperoned last night's Discovery Space Center Overnight Camp. We had 35 boys and 9 girls, meaning the camp was beyond full. These numbers tell us that BJ, and the Discovery Space Center staff and interns are doing a good job. The campers were awesome and a pleasure to work with. It's just like the old days at the Space Center. I'm still on the floor with my pads listening to the snoring and night yelling. No need for the Happy Bucket yet, but I'm sure it will happen sometime this summer.
I've noticed a decline in the number of boys who wake me up in the middle of the night because they're scared; this is despite the fact that the DSC allows campers as young as 9. It is just one of those interesting observations I haven't figured out.
Isaac O, one of our Farpoint Cadet's, sent the following short story from one of his volunteer missions.
Well, I assigned Dr. on the Challenger for the last 5 hour on the Galaxy Camp. Normally, I get little bored of Dr. on a 5 hour since you can only give the kids so much candy :P but the crew was great on this ship! We had some really smart kids who were totally awesome, and a captain that made everyone laugh. Anyways, during the mission the crew needed to take a break for water and bathroom etc. so I took them all down and waited, when we were done I started transporting the crew back, when I transported the last person over I turned the transporter back to get back on (but the captain stayed in the transporter) and the yelled "AAA!" super loud when it opened. I jumped back about 3 feet and I could hear the crew laughing behind the wall, latter that day he did the same thing to Dave :P. Thanks Captain for that little morning scare I needed to wake up! You guys were a great crew! -Isaac O. (aka Dr. Frank)Please send me your short story from time spent working or volunteering at either Space Center.
Let's See What a Little Curiosity Can Do.
Strange, New Radio Blasts from Space.
Powerful and puzzling radio blasts in other galaxies constantly explode across the night sky, a new study suggests.
A team of international astronomers has detected four explosive events, known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), above the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Lasting only a few thousandths of a second, these sources send powerful signals across the universe, billions of light-years through space.
"These bursts gave off more energy in a millisecond than the sun does in 300,000 years," said principal investigator Dan Thornton of the University of Manchester in England. Read More
Your Cellphone, a Nesting Ground for Bacteria
Cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats, so it shouldn't be surprising that a man in Uganda reportedly contracted Ebola after stealing one.
He stole the phone from a quarantined ward of a hospital, near the site of a recent Ebola outbreak, reports said.
But regardless of your proximity to an Ebola outbreak, your cellphone is still probably pretty grimy, said Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona. Read More
Ordinary people finding ways to make life extraordinary
|Parking lines painted up onto the walls.|
Simple solution for the confused driver.
|Required reading for the well behaved boy|
|In an alternate reality|
|Feet in the grass.|
Its the simple things that make life worth living
|In a doctor's office|
|The Young Police Car hunting for the first time alone|
|Kids these days|