The Xanthophyll Cycle in Photosystem II

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Back to Sheffield!

Home visit, yet again! Always need to go back and see the folks! In fact this time it was my brother's birthday so I went back for that reason. Anyways, so some photosynthetic related products while shopping at Meadowhall (It's sheffield massive shopping centre, really good place to go shopping, everything under one rooft! Totally recommend it :)) I'm not sure if it is the fact I'm sciencey that I see these project related products when I go out. Or maybe it's the law of attraction, because I'm always thinking about my studentship in the back of my head, so it just brings me closer to these things? Signs from god? :P

Oh look these could almost pass as spinach leaves, but in rubber form! So cute :3  Quite refreshing to see such a rubber to be honest. Yeah this stationary shop sold all types of rubbers! 

This is a product I observed in Red5 the shop. Love this shop! It is not just for guys, its for girls too, especially girls like me! I'm really into future tech stuff,  especially if it aids in sustainable living or makes your life easier ;D

 Here is a product description & link


The Sun. A massive ball of fire burning hydrogen in to helium about 93,000,000 miles away. It roughly takes 8 minutes for light to travel here and it seems a shame for it to come all that way and not get used to its full potential! That's why we were really excited about the 6 in 1 Solar Robot.
This 'do it yourself kit' is a great beginners introduction to solar power technology and the end result is your very own little robot. There are 6 different ways to build it, so you could have a robot dog one minute, or a boat for your bath the next! If either of those don't do anything for you then why not build your own little plane (moving or still), windmill or solar powered car!
The good news is that you don't need a degree in robotics to start with, or have to try and figure out which screw is A678b and how part D456 slots into F9097a!! The diagrams are big and very easy to follow, there are only 37 parts and no screws are involved!
Sounds great so far, but what if you live in the UK, like us, which hardly ever see's the sun? Well, this eco friendly robot can also be powered by a 50 halogen bulb (or brighter).

Another cute solar product! Maybe one day these products will be developed so people can actually purchase them to generate  massive amounts of energy via the sunlight (probably never in the UK as we don't get enough sun, but places like Egypt & India! ^^)
 Here is a product description & link

It’s time to peel your kids (and own) faces from the TV screens and get them playing back in the real world. This cool building set not only increases creativity and brain development but also has a high impact on fun levels and planet saving power.
All you need to build an exciting new toy is this kit, a fair bit of sunlight and a few pieces of rubbish. Not only are you helping the planet by using its natural solar power but you can recycle old cans, CD’s and plastic bottles. Not a single battery is needed to build the six fun models, just eco-friendly solar power. Inside your kit is a set of easy to follow instructions and diagrams explaining clearly how to install and utilize recycled materials. Turn your old CD’s into a speedy race car, make a used bottle into a flying bird or convert an empty can into the ultimate drumming robot.
The Solar Recycler 6 in 1 Kit is a fantastic way to enjoy learning about the science of renewable energy and gives the imagination a huge boost.

So going to buy my children these when I get around having children somewhere in the far future. Or anything that is remotely similar in the future :) Why give your children Barbie or Cars? When you can give them science experimental kits and Lego for creativity development in the mind ;) 

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