Google’s Science Fair votes for the next scientist’s project

Wow, I am just blown away by the submissions to Google’s Science fair.  It’s for youth 13 and 18 to come up with their own science or engineering project and share their findings.  I was particularly moved by our Canadian talking about filtering oil sand tailings using bacterial and the Russian about a more efficient ultrasonic fuel injector.

Canada’s Hayley Todesco (who is 17 I might add) says “I found I could break down these acids to the point where I could probably reduce the detoxification of these tailings ponds from centuries to decades”.

You should really have a look and vote.


Cynicism and Optimism, Bottom’s Up

I am not valuableCynicism and Optimism
and I refuse to believe
I can change the way I think
I realize this may be difficult to comprehend but
“You can choose to be content”
is a lie
“Money and status will make you content!”
..these are the most important things in life
Are false
The foreign messages I received in childhood
I’m realizing
– were powerful
– hurt me
The things that I too in and blamed myself for
Self destruction will be the norm
in my future
No longer can it be said that
I care about what happens to me
It is evident
that I am apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume
There is love

And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

Based on a viral 2011 poem by Jonathan Reed Lost Generation about cynicism and optimism. Read to the end, then read in reverse starting from “There is love” and continuing upward.