Category Archives: Education

The Secret Life of Toilet Paper

Toilet paper.

We may take this good for granted, however it truly is a marker of civilization.

Before the invention of toilet paper, a variety of other items were used throughout human history. Scooping sticks made from wood and precious metals, to sand and pebbles, mussel shells, corn cobs, sponges, and more were used as the go to cleanup item when someone needed to go.

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Minoan Caldera: An essay on the Santorini Volcano

Introduction

The Mediterranean region has always been known as a “hot spot” for volcanic and tectonic activity. Italy and Greece, especially, have centuries of detailed histories of eruptions and earthquakes. Most of the truly dramatic events occurred thousands of years ago. The effects of the devastating natural events can still be seen today. One such example is the Minoan Caldera, more commonly referred to as the Santorini Volcano located on the island of Santorini in Greece (36.4200° N, 25.4317° E).

At the present, Santorini is a very popular tourist destination among the Greek islands. It is frequented by tourists wanting to experience Greek culture as well as the breathtaking beauty of the island chain’s landscapes. These beautiful landscapes were created through violent volcanic activity. The most famous volcanic activity to occur also happens to be one of the largest known volcanic eruptions in the past few millennia. It was this eruption that caused this shield volcano to collapse forming the caldera we see today. Santorini lies in an area where a northward subduction of the African plate with the European plate is occurring. This subduction is what causes the area to be so geologically unstable

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FOR NJ COLLEGE STUDENTS

The following was an email sent out to Rutgers University students. It discusses Governor Chris Christie’s proposal for a new state budget, in terms of higher education:

 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday proposed a $32.1 billion
state budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 that includes a welcome increase in
higher education funding, particularly in financial aid programs for New
Jersey students.

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