Symphony of the Soil

March 14th, 2013

“Soil is alive and that without soil, life as we know would not exist.”

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In “Soil Stories”, our protagonist, Francine, embarks on a journey of discovery that begins with her realization that soil is alive and that without soil, life as we know would not exist. In her journey of discovery she meets with soil scientists who help her “see” beneath the surface of the soil and help her understand how diverse yet ordered soil bodies are in the landscape and how much work has been done in soil survey. In the second half of the story, Francine meets with characters that help her take an up close and personal look at some physical and biological attributes of soils without which they would not function. In the final part of the video, a character from history shares an epiphany about soils with Francine and translates this to modern terms.

15 Year Old Creates Inexpensive, Immediate, Cancer Detector

February 18th, 2013
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Jack Andraka, a fifteen year old high school freshman, has developed a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents. This research, conducted at John Hopkins University, could change the face of cancer and promote early detection.