Climate and Pollution

Pollution has its benefits. With fewer particulates being released by smokestacks and cars, there are fewer aerosols in the atmosphere.  Fewer aerosols means that more solar radiation hits the ground.  With more sunlight hitting the Earth, the Earth warms up–faster than many scientists had initially predicted. Calculations by Jan Magnus, Bertrand Melenberg, and Chris Muris, […]

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Giving Thanks

So many things to give thanks for. The Concord Consortium family had our own Thanksgiving this week, complete with turkey, stuffing and cranberries. We were happy to welcome a few new friends and a number of old friends, and have a great time. One way we showed our thanks was through our Thanksgiving tree, highlighting […]

Continue reading features Concord Consortium projects as examples of technology improving education featured our work heavily in its article today on 8 Ways Technology is Improving Education. Among other areas, the story cited our work with models and simulations, probes and sensors, and online assessment as examples of how technology has the potential to transform education. It’s humbling to see so many examples cited in so […]

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Climate Change: Back to the Future?

Climate scientists are working intently on models that can forecast what Earth’s climate might be like in the future.  The evidence points towards a warmer future, thanks to increased greenhouse gas emissions from humans. So why are climate scientists studying the distant past (paleoclimate), long before humans roamed the planet?  Well, it turns out that […]

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Accessing Sensor Data from Java

For years we have been using several layers of Java, Java Native Interface, and native driver code to support common access to sensors from multiple Probeware interfaces from different vendors. We’ve been calling these layers the org-concord-sensor framework. Our Java/OTrunk framework which has supported many kinds of interactive educational activities uses the org-concord-sensor framework to […]

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