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Run/Walk to Benefit the Orlando Science Center

August 14, 2010, Begins 7:30 a.m. at the Science Center


WHAT: Presented by Florida Hospital and the Track Shack Foundation, the Annual Celebration of Running 5K will be held at the Orlando Science Center in Loch Haven Park on August 14, 2010. The Celebration of Running 5K is part of a month long celebration (and sale) at the Track Shack, which commemorates 32 years of business, and kicks off the famous Grand Prix series.


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Kim Button is a Green Living Consultant and Environmental Reporter who has a very popular blog on Green issues. She recently posted a few articles related to our Green Building Tour and the other displays we are using to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and recycling.

Article 1, Article 2, Article 3




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So you’ve just seen The Ultimate Wave Tahiti at the Orlando Science Center and now you want to go surf the big waves of Tahiti. Assuming you know how to surf (not an easy task!), you’ll probably want to learn the language of Tahiti. Well, here are some interesting facts about the Tahitian Language, or “Reo Tahiti.” Get out your pen and paper!

The Tahitian Language does not contain a “B,” even though one of the most famous islands in Tahiti is “Bora Bora.” This is because when early visitors heard of the island, they mistook “Pora Pora” for “Bora Bora.”

Another interesting fact about the Tahitian Language is that their alphabet includes what is called a “glottal stop,” or ‘eta. To English speakers, this would appear to be an apostrophe, but it is in fact a consonant. For example, the word for fish in Tahitian is i'a.

Now let’s say you’ve mastered all of the words in Tahitian. Something you’d have to keep in mind is the word order. In English, our general sentence structure is Subject Verb Object (SVO). For example, “I ate cake.” “I” is the subject, “ate” is the verb, and “cake” is the object. In the Tahitian Language, the order is “Verb Subject Object.” So a proper sentence in Tahiti would be “Ate I cake!”

If you haven’t seen The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, be sure to check it out at the Orlando Science Center.



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Answer: a mind (and toe, and finger, and just general body) numbing -100°C (or -148°F!). Where is this place, and what does it mean to you? Well, the coldest place on Earth is known as “Dome A,” or “Dome Argus,” and is located in the middle of Antarctica. It is known as the summit of the “East Antarctic Ice Cap,” which is in essence a large “mountain” of ice in Antarctica. What this means to you is that you would probably freeze to death in seconds if you went there unprotected (never mind the elevation and oxygen issues).

What is interesting to note is that dry ice (frozen Carbon Dioxide) is generally kept at around –78.5°C (or -109°F). This means that if you brought a block of dry ice to Dome A, it would actually get colder. We sure do live on a crazy planet!

To check out some substances that are actually hundreds of degrees colder than Dome A (or dry ice), check out the new Orlando Science Center show Sub-Zero, playing every Saturday in July.



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In 1958 the largest wave ever recorded hit Lituya Bay on the southern coast of Alaska reaching a massive height of 1,720 feet high. The wave was a direct bi-product of an earthquake that measured an 8.3 on the Richter scale that shook loose an estimated 40 million cubic yards of glacier from a mountainside near the bay. Three fishing boats witnessed the colossal masterpiece, but only two were able to ride out the waves to tell the tale.

To see other gigantic waves and learn about the art of riding them watch the movie The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, now showing at the Dr. Phillips Cinedome.
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We all know that a wave is a disturbance that spreads through space and time, usually by a transfer of energy. BUT what makes water waves and light waves different? Water waves are mechanical waves meaning that the traveling energy is moving through a medium, that medium being water. However, a light wave can travel through a vacuum, that is, without a medium at all.


To learn more about water waves and their creation, come watch Ultimate Wave Tahiti now showing in our Dr. Phillips CineDome!!



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To prepare liquid nitrogen through the process of liquidation, molecular energy from Nitrogen is removed. So the liquid has little to no energy and is also a freezing temperature. When the liquid is exposed to regular conditions, the molecules inside the liquid start absorbing the heat energy from its surroundings causing it to boil. Liquid nitrogen even boils at temperatures below zero!!

For more interesting facts and experiments with liquid nitrogen, come and check out Sub-Zero beginning July 3rd and only offered on Saturdays throughout the summer!!



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