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21
February
2014

Keeping Your Cool in the Kitchen

It’s hard to think about keeping cool this time of year, but a recent article on reducing food waste caught my attention. The Natural Resource Defense Council’s message also included a guide to where food should be stored inside a fridge.  You can find a link at the end of this post. I’d like to add a few tips on keeping a fridge running efficiently. A refrigerator that runs well also helps protect food.
31
January
2014

Thinking about Climate Change: What can we do about it?

My last few blog posts have focused on climate change vocabulary. In addition to understanding the terminology associated with climate change, it is important to understand the basic mechanism driving the phenomenon so that we can find ways to lessen the damaging impacts.
21
January
2014

Thinking about Climate Change: Global Warming versus Climate Change

My last blog post was inspired by social media comments, such as “So much for global warming”, made after a few particularly cold days in Ohio. As I mentioned previously, some of the confusion about the topic of global warming may come from the terminology we use to describe it. In my last post I explored the difference between weather and climate. Other terms that can be confusing are global warming and global climate change.
15
January
2014

Thinking about Climate Change: Climate versus Weather

After days of extreme cold, like the ones we experienced early last week, I often notice comments on social media sites such as “So much for global warming”.  These comments seem to confuse long-term, global phenomena with short-term, regional weather events. I think some of the confusion people have about this topic comes from our understanding of the different terminology used to describe specific events and phenomena. One set of terminology that can be confusing is the difference between weather and climate. 
21
May
2013

The Official Bug of the COSI Team Garden

Have you ever looked out the second floor windows near Galleries 2 & 3 and wondered what was going on with all the plants on the rooftop below? If so, you were looking at COSI's Team Garden. For the past three years COSI Team Members have been able to sign up for a plot and create their very own rooftop container garden. Now that the weather has warmed up, the Team Garden is starting to take shape. It is awesome to be able to take a break from a busy day and get my hands dirty tending my vegetable plants.

This week an exciting event occurred in the Team Garden. A praying mantis egg case hatched, releasing scores of tiny mantids to patrol the plants in search for food.
Photo of mantids in the COSI Team Garden.
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