Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 16:16:29 -0400

Author: "John L. Hubisz"

Subject: RE: broken barometer


You know, if we continue to ignore common sense when dealing with problems,
our students and the public will just ignore us.

For now, I'll ignore E.O. Wilson's unsupportable statement.


At 12:31 PM 9/20/2003 -0600, Michael Thomason wrote:
>For shame!
>Let John dig the hole in his basement instead and send the Hg to him,
>Michael Thomason, Director, Physics Learning Laboratories
> University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Physics
> 303-492-7117
>"Species of plants and animals are disappearing a hundred or more times
>faster than before the coming of humanity, and as many as half may be gone
>by the end of this century. An Armageddon is approaching... It is the
>wreckage of the planet by an exuberantly plentiful and ingenious humanity.
> The race is now on between the technoscientific forces that are
>destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save
>it. We are inside a bottleneck of overpopulation and wasteful consumption.
>If the race is won, humanity can emerge in far better condition than when it
>entered, and with most of the diversity of life still intact.
> ...Surely the rest of life matters. Surely our stewardship is its
>only hope. We will be wise to listen carefully to the heart, then act with
>rational intentions and all the tools we can bring to bear."
>E O Wilson, "The Future of Life"
>-----Original Message-----
> >From:
>[] On Behalf Of John L. Hubisz
>Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 5:13 PM
>Subject: Re: broken barometer
>Dig a hole in the woods and dump the mercury in and cover it. Save the
>nice wood and the scale for some other purpose. Perhaps even a museum
>This situation with mercury is ridiculous.
>At 09:43 PM 9/18/2003 -0400, Bill Reitz wrote:
> >A Chemistry teacher came to me today about a mercury barometer he had
> >in the classroom at our high school. Students noted a couple of drops
> >of Hg on the outside of the bottom of the apparatus. He said there also
> >seemed to be a bubble in the mercury column. The barometer is only 2
> >years old and cost a whopping $400. He called the company that
> >manufactured it. They said to mail it to them and they would reseal and
> >refill it ( for $280). They also said that it had to be sent in a
> >special box ( they'll provide one for $40).
> >
> >The Chemistry teacher didn't know whether to send it back to be
> >refurbished for big bucks or just drop it in the hallway so that we
> >could have a few days off. At nearby elementary school a small mercury
> >spill was found on the floor in a science room. The school has been
> >closed for a week. There is a rumor that a custodian collected the
> >spill & poured it down the drain ("I didn't know it was mercury...")
> >All the drains were sucked clean and some sealed off as a result.
> >
> >My question: what would you do with our troublesome barometer?
> >
> >Bill Reitz
>John L. Hubisz, Physics Department, Box 8202, North Carolina State
>University, Raleigh NC 27695-8202;, (919)515-2515,
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John L. Hubisz, Physics Department, Box 8202, North Carolina State
University, Raleigh NC 27695-8202;, (919)515-2515,
(919)515-7331 FAX

HOME: 1604 South Salem Street, Apex NC 27502-7251,,
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From mlowry@D115.ORG Sat Sep 20 17:16:00 2003