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Happy 270th Birthday to Alessandro Volta, Inventor of the Electric Battery

avolta270Happy 270th birthday to Italian physicist Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the first chemical-electric battery, known as “the Voltaic pile”. And now you also know where the word “voltaic”, as in “photovoltaic” which means “electricity from light”.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a fan, and Volta was invited by the Emperor to demonstrate the battery at the Institute of France.

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Honor African-Americans’ Contributions to STEM Disciplines for Black History Month

gwcarver2STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills are more important than ever in today’s contemporary world of tech, but women and minority populations are still grievously underrepresented in these fields. But for hundreds of years now. African Americans have been making incredible contributions as inventors, scientists and engineers.

So do you recognize the scientist in the picture?

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Remembering Mario Cuomo’s Environmental Achievements in NYS

mariocuomoSince former NYS Governor Mario Cuomo passed away on New Year’s Day at age 82, journalists across the state have been commenting on his legacy, including his leadership on education, AIDS, transportation safety and last but not least, the environment.

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Teachers! National Geographic Wants to Take You on the Adventure of a Lifetime

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Are you a K-12 teacher currently teaching in the US or Canada? Have you always wanted to visit places like Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, or even Antarctica? National Geographic is offering professional development opportunities just for you.

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Happy 158th Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

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When most Americans think of the early days of electricity, the first name that comes to mind is Thomas Edison. But the contributions of Nikola Tesla, the great Serbian-American inventor and scientist, who was younger than Edison and is not nearly as well-known, have done as much or more to shape the way we use electricity today. He developed and patented the AC induction motor and transformer and was an early proponent of wireless transmission technology, and a major player in the “war of currents” waged between Edison and George Westinghouse over which current, alternating or direct, would become the electric transmission standard. Using Tesla’s theories and patents, Westinghouse won, and we’re still using alternating current all over the US today.

The development of the electric grid and the battle between direct and alternating current marked the energy revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today a new energy revolution is gaining momentum, and you can learn more about that at the Clean EC website here.

Come See Us at City of Water Day on Governor’s Island on Saturday

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City of Water Day is an annual festival of free activities and events designed to get New Yorkers more comfortable and familiar with our extensive and beautiful waterfront. Presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and over 700 partners (including Solar One), the Festival will be held in waterfront locations throughout the area, with most happening at Governor’s Island and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, as well as Pier 42 where Lower East Side Ecology Center will be running a fishing clinic (catch-and-release only).


You can find more information about activities here. The Festival runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday July 12, and all activities are offered free of charge.

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