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Turning people green: harnessing body heat to warm buildings

Christiaan Patterson

May 8, 2011

Wickedly creative ideas and inventions are spurring up all over the globe as everyone attempts to go green and become environmentally friendly. Parisian engineers are testing a plan that uses human body heat, generated in an underground metro station, to heat a public housing project above. In this...

It’s the final countdown: from wasteland to spaceland

Christiaan Patterson

May 1, 2011

This planet won’t be able to sustain our exploding population and massive consumption of resources forever. One possible solution to this is simply shipping humans to live in a space station which would lessen the strain on earth. As tempting as it may be to leave our mess behind, we humans should...

Tis The Season For Tornadoes

Christiaan Patterson

April 29, 2011

It’s that time of year again! Spring in the Midwest, prairie lands, Deep South and east coast means tornado season is here. So far this season, record outbreaks have already taken place totally more than 100 in just the past week alone and more on the way. So just how do these forces of nature form...

Student learns life lessons on and off the ice

Christiaan Patterson

April 28, 2011

For CSUN’s Ice Hockey goalie Ron Dierkes, 29, getting back to school and finishing proved to be a rewarding challenge that was met with a hockey puck.   Dierkes started his college career at Florida State University in 2000, majoring in creative writing. Unsure of which direction he should go, he dropped out of school in 2003. After attending var...

The Patterson Theorem: Clean house or find a new one

Christiaan Patterson

April 25, 2011

When we hide under headphones and follow wherever technology takes us, it’s easy to get caught up in the façade our society has over the future of our planet and where we as a species are going. The brutal truth is our atmosphere and oceans are in dire trouble and unless we put aside our selfish...

Every Bit Counts: How to Bump up MPG

Christiaan Patterson

April 22, 2011

We know that hybrid vehicles such as a Toyota Prius and Honda Insight are built for next to no CO2 emissions but what about the rest of the cars? After all in the U.S. Toyota just hit its one millionth sale and the Insight is about 21,000 after being released in 2009. So 1.2 million clean cars on...

Hybrid automobiles differ in the details

Christiaan Patterson

April 21, 2011

Whether it’s for the environmentally conscious or those wishing to save gas money, most owners of hybrid cars are excited and confident of their purchase. One such owner bought the Prius as a representation of his principles and awareness of doing his part for the environment. “I’m a proud...

Two fundraisers at CSUN scheduled for Japan earthquake victims

Christiaan Patterson

April 18, 2011

In the wake of the devastating 8.9 earthquake which struck Sendai, Japan March 11, students on campus have joined together to help in relief efforts. Such students are Billy Tobenkin  and Manami Sugimori, musicians giving the gift of music to raise money for those in need overseas. Tobenkin and Sugimori...

The Patterson Theorem: God is in the quantum details

Christiaan Patterson

April 17, 2011

One of the many fascinating aspects of being human is the ability to critically analyze the world around us, both what we can see, as well as what is not visible to the human eye. Many experts agree that one day it could be possible to explain the existence of God through a collaboration of religion...

Bites on a budget: Bananamon dessert recipe

Christiaan Patterson

April 14, 2011

Love Bananas? Then this is a must try dessert for any occasion. Inspired by TLC’s Buddy Valastro, bananamon is cheap, low in calories and takes under 10 minutes to make. It fits perfectly at a barbecue, Sunday family dinner or as a midnight sugar craving. Let’s get started! What you will need...

Political egos freeze satellite and science

Christiaan Patterson

April 10, 2011

One of the key reasons we argue about the existence of global warming is the lack of solid evidence and political blocks. Being able to observe the Earth from a further distance in space could aid in fitting together more pieces of this complicated puzzle. Therefore, politicians need to butt out of...

Storm Chasers Revealed

Christiaan Patterson

April 1, 2011

  We’ve seen them on Discovery and in Hollywood movies like Twister but what are these people attempting to do? Storm chasers, as they have come to be known as, are men and women with a fierce passion and adoration for Mother Nature’s fury. Variations of chasers range from the absolute...

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