Monthly Archives: March 2010

Don’t Be Shocked By Lightning Related Property Loss

In the March 22, 2010 issue of The Northern Valley Press, an article entitled “Don’t Be Shocked By Lightning Related Property Loss” appeared. The article proved to be very informative.

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Simulated Lightning at Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, has an interesting exhibit entitled “Science Storms.”

“Science Storms” includes six-large-scale exhibits (according to The Museum of Science and Industry):

  1. AVALANCHE DISK: Guests can trigger an avalanche by experimenting with a large, rotating disk of particles that show patterns while in motion. The 20-foot-diameter disk is angled at a fixed incline and filled with a two-color granular mixture of glass beads and garnet sand.
  2. 40-FOOT TORNADO: Visitors can be immersed in a 40-foot tornado to experiment with a towering vortex of vapor. Walk inside the swirling, illuminated tornado to disrupt its shape and then watch it reform.
  3. WAVE TANK (TSUNAMI): Guests can unleash their own tsunamis across a 30-foot wave tank. They control the wave tank by choosing the type of wave to create and then observe the impact of the wave on different coasts.
  4. SUNLIGHT: Visitors can explore the energy and colors in sunlight by experimenting with giant optical prisms that reflect natural light reflected through a 10-by-10-foot skylight by a heliostat mirror system on the Museum’s roof. The result might be a huge rainbow reflected on 30-foot-tall white screens.
  5. TESLA COIL (LIGHTNING): Based on the design of Nikola Tesla, the exhibit’s coil creates bright, loud and large electrical arcs. Two 20-foot-diameter grounding rings surround a round coil that sends high-voltage electrical arcs jumping 10 feet. The Tesla coil discharges 1.2 million volts of electricity.
  6. LIVE-FIRE EXPERIMENT: Visitors can study the chemistry of combustion by experimenting with live fire and witnessing how the flame reacts to changing conditions. They can ignite and adjust an 12- to 18-inch flame inside a fireproof glass booth and manipulate the size of water droplets falling from an overhead sprinkler system to understand the interaction between fire and water.

The Museum of Science and Industry is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ticket price, included in museum  admission, is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for children ages 3 to 11.

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Museum Exhibit is an Electricity Show

The Franklin Institute located in Philadelphia will soon open their newest exhibit, ‘Electricity,’ based on Ben Franklin‘s most practical contribution to science: electricity. The exhibit which will feature a dance floor (the harder you dance, the brighter the LED lights in the floor will glow), a wall that lights up due to electromagnetic transmission from nearby cell phones, a giant Tesla coil (a device that emits four-foot-long sparks), Franklin’s 5-foot-long fragment of a lightning rod and much more, will open on March 27.

To read more about what the exhibit has to offer, visit The Daily Magazine’s article at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/magazine/87636052.html.

Looks like a visit to the museum is in my near future…

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Victim Becomes a Rescuer

Your life is made up of moments and it is within those moments that you become who you are. Therefore, it is no surprise that a traumatic moment in your life also shapes who you are and who will become. For Falicity Wishkeno, a lightning strike survivor, that just happened.

Wishkeno was struck by lightning when she was 15 on May 10, 2008. After her survival, Wishkeno became a volunteer firefighter. Wishkeno has a very touching and inspirational story. To read her full story, featured in The Topeka Capital Journal, click here.

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Sing A Little Song For Me

Music was always a passion of my late friend. If I begged enough, he’d often sing a little song for me now and again. While I wouldn’t say music is a passion of mine, I would say I enjoy jamming out in my bedroom in front of my full-length mirror.

Recently two of my best girlfriends and I attended the John Mayer concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. While I love John Mayer, my stomach did a big flip as he opened with no other than ‘Heartbreak Warfare.’

Hearing the lyrics –

“Lightning strike
Inside my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways
To make you understand my pain”

fill the arena, my mind wandered to Lee; however, I pushed the thought away in order to have a fun girls’ night.

Later that night I got to thinking about other songs that feature lightning and lightning strikes. Below are some of my favorites.

  • ‘Chemical Party’ by Gavin DeGraw
    “Here at the party/everyone’s happy/everyone’s high/get struck by lightning/who here would feel it?/who here could heal it?/who here would try?”
  • ‘Lightning Strikes’ by Snow Patrol
    “What if this storm ends?/And I don’t see you again/as you are now/ever again/the perfect halo/of gold hair and lightning/sets you off against/the planet’s dance”
  • ‘Lightning’ by Dispatch
    “There’s lightning on the ceiling/coming from the corner of her eye”
  • ‘Lightning Crashes’ by Live
    “Lightning crashes, a new mother cries/her placenta falls to the floor/the angel opens her eyes/the confusion sets in/before the doctor can close the door”

… Add your own!

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