Laura describes her work for August’s #scicommchall, using only the 1000 most common words. If you want to know more about foods that have lots of colors and are good for you, check out Laura’s fascinating Instagram @rEATsearcher!
“I want to find out how the large body of water on our world is changing the warm and cold in the air around us. Some tiny parts of the air – so tiny you can’t see them – are formed in the water. When the wind makes little waves on top of the water, they leave the water and become part of the air that we breathe. Once in the air, they can make it cold or warm for us. I want to find out about some parts that make it cold: these parts go high up in the air, much higher than where the rain comes from. There they form a layer that makes part of the light of the sun turn around, so it does not hit us: It gets colder. But we do not know how much of that is coming out of the water, and we need to know that to know the cooling (or better: the not-so-strong-warming). I find out about that by going on water-cars and study little bits of water, and then sit in front of the computer for a long time. Even though these parts make the air colder, there are much much more parts that make it warmer – I think we should stop putting more of them in the air, if we still want our kids to build ice-men out of white rain with their kids.“
Yesterday afternoon I got a text message asking whether “is” isn’t on the list of the 1000 most commonly used words because it’s a form of “to be”, and hence can be used despite not being on the list, or whether, since it isn’t on the list, it is really not allowed in the #upgoerfive challenge.
That was a little confusing to me, since I was pretty sure that I had used “is” without any issue for my own challenge before. So after a little back and forth, Sarah launched into an investigation and it turns out that the lists of the 1000 most common words that you find on the internet differ substantially! Some don’t include “is” at all, others within the top 25 words. But then some include “energy” and others don’t. And “energy”, as you will see below, is a very central word for Sarah’s work!
Check out two different versions of how the gamified exhibition on the energy transition works, one using the #upgoerfive text editor, the other one using a list that I had linked (but I’ve since removed the link to avoid confusion and guide people directly to the awesome editor).
Here is the one using the word list that does include “energy”:
Here is the version done using the #upgoerfive text editor, which does not include “energy” and hence is a lot more challenging:
Challenge accepted! Describing my research using only the 1000 more common words in English! @scicommchall #scicommchall
@douglaskomatsu this one’s for you too…
Humans are changing the air we all breath. Really cold water in our world acts as an important “door” to this air. Part of the air changes the water, causing “trouble” to those living in water… Too many changes in world’s water also slowly changes the air. The world’s air and water have been through lots of changes in time, but it has never changed so fast in such short time. People check and study the water in many different places, also where it is very very very cold, in order to get the full picture of these changes. It is like putting together the pieces of a huge game! It is very important to have this world’s water and air “big picture”: once we understand it, we can avoid more changes in the air, point out the places where water is changing faster (and causing trouble to those living IN it, and FROM it), deciding faster what to do next.