This weekend is the grand opening of the light rail West Rail Line. There are lots of festivities going on to celebrate. Here is some of the science behind the commuter train. The train is a "bi-directional, six-axle, high-floor single articulated light rail vehicle constructed of low alloy high tensile (LAHT) steel," according to the RDT website. What does this really mean? The trains are made out of a type of steel that is strongerand more resistant to corrosion. The carbon content is required to be between .05% and .25% and the steel may contain other elements such as: manganese, copper, niobium, nitrogen, nickel, vanadium, chromium, titanium, calcium and titanium. The trains run off an AC-IGBT system. This is a motor with a controlled amount of voltage from the DC electricity of the tracks to the AC current needed for running the four motors in each car of the train.
Maybe RTD can model the next phase of train development off the Eco-Ride train in Japan. Like a rollercoaster this train runs by turning potential energy into kinetic energy. Hang onto your lunch! Read more about the Eco-Train in the online database Science Reference Center.
Boarding schools have always been good settings for coming-of-age stories (A Separate Peace, anyone?) but I've seen a lot more of them lately. Here are four great realistic YA novels set in boarding schools.
Looking for Alaska by John Green: Miles Halter makes new friends and pulls pranks during his first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama, but his experience is dominated by Alaska Young, the beautiful, self-destructive girl who lives down the hall.
The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell: When he's accepted at an academy for gifted and talented students, 15-year-old James decides to leave his boring past behind and creates a new persona, but his lies lead to increasingly reckless behavior.
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard: Alex, a junior at a boys boarding school in 1982, feels devastated and guilty when he fails to save a friend from accidental drowning. The truth about what happened at the river is revealed through Alex's journal and poems
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan: Tim, a young albino, transfers to an elite prep school and falls for the most popular girl. She's into Tim, too, but her social status would be threatened if anyone knew about their secret relationship.
Isaac has his bar mitzvah in two weeks and is wholly unprepared for it. It doesn't help that he saw his buddy Eric puke his guts out at his just a few days ago. When Isaac's parents go out of town unexpectedly, Isaac's brother Josh (or Super Jew as some call him) decides it's time to make Isaac a man. Josh is super athletic and home for awhile after he left Columbia University under mysterious circumstances. He puts Isaac on a vision quest that includes a myriad of tasks both mundane and creative. This quest with Josh has Isaac investigating a number of age old questions, like where to look at a strip club and what do you do in a bar fight, to name a few.
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of a Chris Crutcher's (who I LOVE) work. This title would definitely be a read alike to some of his work or something like Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach.This book had everything: it was hilarious and heartbreaking with some really engaging characters and some true soul searching. Rubens is apparently a former Daily Show writer and it shows.
What happens when you try to wring out a washcloth in space? Personally, I had never thought about it. Luckily for me, someone else did and now we have this cool video of an astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency testing exactly that:
Follow the Canadian Space Agency on YouTube for more awesome space experiments.
Today is national Poem in Your Pocket Day! Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Poem in Your Pocket Day is a day for carrying around a poem you love and sharing it with others. You can also share your poem on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
The W Line, which will run through parts of Jeffco, will begin regular service on April 26. If you haven't used Light Rail before, now's the time to learn about it! Student discounts are available.
The Library's going to help RTD celebrate the new line on Saturday, April 27. There will be events at all of the new stops and you can ride all of Light Rail for free all day! Visit your librarians at the Lakewood-Wadsworth station from 10 to 4.
The final book in the Delirium trilogy is here! Lena and Alex are two teens fighting the government that has outlawed love. If you liked The Hunger Games trilogy check out this series! Suspenseful and hard to put down-the series titles are Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem.
Delirium is going to be a TV movie with Emma Roberts soon.
Tiger Eyes, based on the book by Judy Blume, will be coming to the big screen very soon. When Tiger Eyes begins, Davey's father has recently been killed in a holdup at a 7-Eleven store. Davey's mom drags her and her brother to New Mexico to move in with her aunt and uncle in an attempt to begin healing. Despite her anger and loneliness, Davey meets a boy named Wolf who ends up helping her recover. Willa Holland (from the CW's Arrow) will play Davey and it's supposed to be hitting theaters on June 7. No trailer yet, but according to the Facebook page for the movie, one should be available any day now.