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Monday, April 10, 2006



Elementry School science fair project shows use of special glass

The greenhouse on the left uses the special glass, while the greenhouse on the right uses normal glass.
The greenhouse on the left uses the special glass, while the greenhouse on the right uses normal glass.
Credit: Tyler Hamilton (http://tyler.blogware.com/)
Two students, Nathan Van Heyst and Tobi Sogbesan, build two greenhouses for their school science fair project. One uses normal glass, while the other used a glass that reduces glare. The greenhouses were left side by side and the growth of onions, lettuce and radishes were compared over time. The students found that "Advanced Glazings' honey-combed, insulating glass, which evenly lets light shine through but without the sharp slivers that cause glare" causes plants to grow more (see picture). The boys won 5th place and are moving on to regionals.

Simple ideas like these could yield appreciable increases in the viability of Martian colonization.

Thanks to snelson for showing us this article.

(More info: Clean Break)


- posted by Jim @ 10:16 EST