Tidal energy shows promise as a resource for sustainable, renewable power generation. Research is underway on the technical, environmental and social challenges to its deployment, such as designing and engineering tidal turbines for power production on a utility scale; identification and mitigation of underwater sound and direct interactions between marine animals and marine energy converters; and the development of hydrokinetic turbines at the micro-scale to provide power for autonomous oceanographic instrumentation.
Dr. Brian Polagye, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, will present an overview of the current status of marine renewable energy research.
January 2014 sneak preview:
Dr. Terri Gilbert, Ph.D
Application Scientist, Allen Institute For Brain Research
Topic area is brain research at the Allen Institute and the NIH Brain Initiative.
The Science Café meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm right here at Orca Books. It is FREE and open to the public. This is a very popular event - be sure to get here early if you would like a good seat. You can always browse the books to pass the time!
Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia.
It's very cold. Maybe as cold as 15º overnight. I heard the water around Percival Landing tonight was frozen for the holiday boat parade.
Several emergency shelters have opened. New Moon Café is open for shelter tonight. The Olympia Center had an all day Homeless Connect services event. And several downtown houses of worship have opened their doors.
If you're in a house, beware that some pipes may be prone to freezing. When water in pipes freezes, it expands, which can fracture pipe. To play it safe, unless you live in a house you know is warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing, you might want to set your faucets dripping, especially if parts of your house don't get heated. This will help prevent pipes from freezing. Andy Hobbs, The Olympian's new reporter, has more on the weather here and the shelter situation here.
frosty floating docks video [8 seconds]
Downtown Waterfront Scenes 5 December 2013
Includes scenes from Capitol Lake, distant steam and smoke plumes from TransAlta coal plant, and some birds.
with music by Ani DiFranco and Brian Hayes
From today's inbox:
From today's inbox:
Port of Olympia Marine Terminal has two main major clients, one is timber export, the other is proppant import. Both clients have questionable environmental impacts. Proppants are used in the hydraulic-fracturing process. Timber comes from clearcutting. Recently, the port has been appreciated for increasing its income to the point where it will no longer be operating at a financial loss. Much of this improvement is due to the hard work of port staffers, and they deserve commendation and congratulations for their hard work. Still, questions remain. If the port's business model depends on activities that harm the environment, then has the real cost to future generations been truly and accurately accounted for?
Here's a video of a recent bulk log carrier, the Aster K, loading up. As of the 1st of December, the Spinnaker SW has been loading logs.
Jewish Voice for Peace - Rebecca Vilkomerson - brown bag lunch at TESC, Sem 2, Room 1107 from noon to 2:00 pm. Come meet Rebecca, hear her speak and think about peace in our souls, our world, and maybe even peace in the Holy Land.
Spread the word please. Brown bag lunch with Rebecca Vilkomerson of the Jewish Voice for Peace at TESC, Sem 2, Room 1107 from noon to about 2 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.
Want to think about peace in the holy lands? Wonder where the holy lands are? Look at your feet. Look to your heart. Seek the peace in your soul.
As Black Elk said:
"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men."
Black Elk - Oglala Sioux
Come join us and pass the peace, share the peace, bring the peace that is within the souls of all of us.
Noon to about 2 pm on Wednesday, December 11th.