Engineering

Seven Ideas for a Sciencey Holiday

I am the first to admit that I have never gotten the holidays quite right. Whether I’m late shopping for gifts, mess up my contribution to dinner, do something embarrassing at a holiday party or hang all the decorations crooked, something always seems to go wrong.

Thankfully, there are a few sciencey tricks people like me can bust out around the holidays as a last ditch effort to spread a little holiday cheer... And promptly gather it up again when explaining exactly how it works.

Aquaponics

Aquaponics is a system for farming fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial cycle. Fish produce waste that is a fertilizer for plants while plants suck up the nutrients as they purify the water. The system is efficient and environmentally friendly. A farm in Norwood, NC is pioneering the technique.

Driving The Wind

Next door to A2 Wind Tunnel, where cyclists work on reducing their wind resistance like in this video, is a larger building, another wind tunnel. But this facility, called the AeroDyn Wind Tunnel, is not meant for bicycles. It is meant to test cars, either for NASCAR, land speed competitions or drag races. Several NASCAR racers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. have brought their cars to this tunnel.

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