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New, long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.

The research, published in ACS Energy Letters, was led by Michael Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies and Roy Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science.

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 If you’ve looked at my blog at its url, you may have seen that I had a whole career in IT, as an Oracle DBA,  then I decided I wanted to import silver.. So far, my science degree is paying more than my love and heartfelt desire to share the hand crafted silver I love.  Who cares? Why tell you? Shutup and put pretty pictures out there? I read that  only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM(science, technology, engineering, math)  degrees vs 17% of men, meaning men are 2.5 times more likely to enter these high paying fields.  This is a site of young people, or maybe that’s just my uninformed viewpoint. I’m not young. I’m 53 and female, with a science degree  What’s even crazier is that I just recently applied to grad school to get an advanced science degree because I like that I have done something unusual, even if it’s not my “dream-pay-me-to-travel” job. Regardless of your age, your gender, your job, your future goals, if you want to have a chance of being happy, you absolutely must find something you like about yourself right this second and while you pursue your external dream, keep nurturing the things about yourself that make you proud.  And if you’re woman in college, contemplating a major, and consider yourself a feminist…., why on earth would you let 2.5 times as many men have all the fun and funds???

What to Major in During Undergrad- How to Get Into Vet School Part 1

When I was applying to undergraduate colleges several years ago, I was under the impression that there was really only one way to get into vet school, and that was to become an Animal Science major. I loved this major, I learned a lot, and I took some classes that did a good job to prepare me for vet school. However, I’m here to tell you that you do not need to be an Animal Science major to get into vet school. Why do I say that? Well…

When you apply to vet school in the USA, you’ll have to take pre-requisites (General Biology, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Humanities, Physics, etc.). These pre-reqs, while focused on the sciences, can be completed by any major. That’s right. I have several classmates who majored in Spanish, Electrical Engineering, Psychology, Botany, and several other majors that are “nontraditional.” Most (if not all) vet schools DO NOT CARE what major you decide to do, as long as you complete all of that particular school’s pre-reqs. 

So the big question: What DO you major in during undergrad? My advice is to do this: Major in something that excites you, something that you think you can excel at, and something that you would be comfortable with as a back-up career. This is a sad statistic, but out of my 400 animal science classmates, only 30 or so matriculated into vet school. I’m not saying this to scare you, I’m saying this because vet school is hard to get into, and it’s a really good idea to major in something you could really see as a career. For some people it really will be Animal Science. For others, it will be Biology. For some it will be Sociology or Chemistry or whatever. Bottom line: Do not pass-by a major that you think will be a good fit just because you think Animal Science (or similar) will “look better” on your application.

Disclaimer: As much as I love writing up these posts, please keep in mind these are only my opinions. There are many roads that can lead into vet school, and just because I offer an opinion does not make it correct, especially if your situation is different than mine was. Please don’t panic if you aren’t doing exactly what I say on here, everyone has different experiences and that is what makes them and you unique. I’m simply hoping this mini-series will be a guideline to help you begin your journey along the road to vet school.

Attention all vetblrs: I’m really excited to start this mini-series on getting into vet school, and I would love some collaboration! I encourage all vets and vet students to reblog this post and add in their own advice! Those in countries other than the U.S. who have a different system/application are also more than welcome to chime in! 

There’s a problem with the mummies at the University of Tarapacá’s archaeological museum in northern Chile.

They’re turning into a black oozy substance.

Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences says scientists have found that Chile’s famous 7,000-year-old Chinchorro mummies are being eaten by bacteria — and that climate change could be the culprit.

Climate Change May Be Destroying World’s Oldest-Known Mummies

Image Credit: Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images


3.24.15 || I visited Princeton University today and immediately fell in love. I’m going to make it my goal to get accepted (or at least successfully apply) into New York University, Princeton, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon. Wish me luck!

Please read, I really need help.

So as most of you know I’m sixteen year old girl living in Canada, and I’ll be in my final year of high school this fall and applying to universities before the end of the year. As universities, programs, and career possibilities are the only things I ever talk about on this blog, you can imagine how important it is for me to be able to go to university for something in life sciences or engineering. However, what most of you may not know is that I have a very unusual, and complicated situation and I’m currently in great need of financial help.

Basically, this time the following year I was fifteen, essentially homeless with no place to live, unable to get a job, and my depression was at the worst it’s possibly ever been. Upon turning sixteen I was able to apply for Ontario Works to support myself on my own, and obtain a stable living situation that I’ve had the past ten months. However, as those familiar with OW know, I barely receive any money and it just covers my very basic needs. Even though I’ve been trying to save for my university costs, it’s been extremely difficult. I’ve been trying to get a job but it’s extremely difficult with no experience, and with my mental health issues I won’t be able to mentally withstand having a job with my full course load, and be able to pull off the grades that I need for university. I really need help in affording application costs, and applying through OUAC will cost me $150 for three programs, and an additional $50 per program/school after that. I also really, really need help for my future university expenses including a laptop, books, and possibly even tuition and housing costs.

If you could please support me even with the smallest of donations, it really does make a difference and I’m so extremely grateful. Thank you so much for reading this post. If you’ve decided to help me in any way, even reblogging this post I’m so thankful. If you have any further questions revolving my situation and don’t feel comfortable donating feel free to message me privately.

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University of Illinois -  (Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA)

The school also uses much more focused research programs. These research programs include more specialized center of Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union Studies Center.

Illinois famous graduates include many of the wealthy, successful people such as Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s company, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and two of the three founders of You Tube.

In the modern world, and many marvel at the technological advances of science. University of Illinois prides itself on its deep commitment to this progress through

This type of interdisciplinary research done in the Applied Research Institute-which brings together a wide variety of engineers or the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, which unites many fields such as biology, calculating, and physics, as well as entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, which helps to deploy nearly from $ 2 billion endowment University.

This is why the University of Illinois produced, which is located in Urbana-Champaign main campus, 22 Nobel Prize winners and 22 Pulitzer Prize Award
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Penn Engineering beat out Wharton by a little under a grand.

I’m not sure why I found this so funny. I guess it was just very…unexpected.

Since I’m in both Engineering and Wharton, I wonder how much I’m predicted to make.


It takes a lot to work at a jet engine manufacturing plant: patience, attention to detail, the ability to deal with the mind-bending stress without becoming an alcoholic. You’ll notice that we didn’t mention anything about advanced certifications or a college degree. Lisa explains why:

“I had no machining experience before applying, and math and science were my worst subjects in school. That didn’t matter, though, because the only job requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent. New inspectors that aren’t sure how to measure something might just say that it’s OK because they don’t want to look like they don’t know what they are doing. I will ask them, ‘OK, but did you check this?’ and they will blatantly lie to my face because they are lazy. Luckily, we get rid of them pretty quick, but the people with seniority that mess around, they don’t get the boot because we are desperate for bodies running machines.”

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“We need more STEM in schools”

I totally agree with you:

We need more shop classes

We need more digital art classes (might as well throw in photography and photo development, too)

We need more history of STEM classes

We need more programming classes

We need more Home Ec (aka, how to use the machines in your house and apply math to the real world) classes

We need more computer-aided design classes

Stop assuming “STEM” means pushing kids into AP math and science classes