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howDoI50 Days to Celebrate 50 Years

How do I change the view of data in a graph? How do I connect wirelessly to an IPad?

If you sometimes ask yourself these questions, you should check out PASCO’s new videos!

To coincide with its 50th Anniversary, PASCO created 50 short videos in response to popular “How do I?” questions heard from customers on sensors, software, and hardware.

PASCO will release one video per day until March 11.

Fourteen of them are already available, on AYVA’s YouTube Channel.

If you wish to keep informed of video releases, click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page.

Diamonds in the sky?


Diamonds may be a hot commodity here on Earth, but in space, they’re positively common.

Scientists have long believed in the existence of diamonds on Neptune and Uranus. Now, new research suggests the sparkly rocks may also be found on Jupiter and Saturn.

It was previously believed that these two planets were too cold to allow for the formation of diamonds, but a study conducted by Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering and Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that the precious gem may rain down on Saturn and Jupiter.

The theory states that pressure within the planets’ atmospheres could be turning carbon into diamond. If this holds true, there could be fragments of the gem floating in the atmosphere of both planets.

As the diamonds sink lower, extreme heat could be liquefying the rocks, creating ‘diamond rain’.

Some scientists even believe there could be liquid diamond seas in our solar system.

Imagine that!

Using lightning to charge cell phones

Researchers Nokia and the University of Southampton have charged a cell phone with simulated lightning, providing a sneak peek into the future of wireless charging.

“This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy,” said University of Southampton scientist Neil Palmer in a statement, adding that the lighting was able to fully charge the phone in a matter of seconds.

The research is in its early stages, so it’s not known how the technology will be used, or when it will be available to a mass market.
Check out the video to learn more about the experiment.

The above experiment was conducted in a controlled environment under the supervision of experts – so don’t try this at home.


The Learning Never Stops!

PASCO 2013 training

AYVA employees traveled to PASCO Scientifics’ Head Office in Sacramento California early in August to attend a week long training workshop.

In partnership with PASCO, AYVA employees are constantly exploring new technologies and looking for ways to make teaching more interactive. This workshop was designed to do just that. Our employees went back to the classroom to learn all of PASCO’s new product releases, updated software versions and refresher courses on popular products and experiments.

The workshops were interactive and hands on. PASCO product experts were on hand to answer any inquiries they had about the experiments.

Our recent back-to-school training has prepared us to help educators tackle the challenges presented in today’s teaching labs.

AYVA travels to the Bahamas


The AYVA team traveled to sunny Bahamas last week. Members enthusiastically participated in team building exercises. Some exercises were completed with ease, while others posed more of a challenge both mentally and physically!

Strategies were reviewed and new ideas generated for the upcoming months. It was difficult to leave the warm weather to head home, however most were excited to get back and implement the ideas learned over the four days.

AYVA travels to Uruguay


Recently AYVA’s president, Dianne Beveridge and Account Manager Mahima Gyawali traveled to Uruguay to attend PASCO’s Selling Partner’s Conference for the Americas.

There was a great deal of networking and professional development… old friendships renewed and new ones made. PASCO detailed their business plan and introduced a number of new products which we are anxious to share with our customers!

AYVA proudly accepted the 2013 Sales Award as one of PASCO’s top Selling Partners. We thank you, our Canadian educators for this award. It is because of your continued trust in our company and the quality products we represent that we are able to earn this award for the fourth year in a row.

Life on Mars?


NASA scientists have found evidence of life on Mars, thanks to the Curiosity rover.

Powder extracted from rocks near the red planet’s Gale crater contains sulfur, nitrogen, and hydrogen – among other things – suggesting the terrain could have once been home to ancient microbes.

“A fundamental question for [Curiosity’s] mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, in a statement.

“From what we know now, the answer is yes.”

Curiosity also found clay minerals from an ancient river which may have contained other types of microbes.

“Curiosity is on a mission of discovery and exploration, and as a team we feel there are many more exciting discoveries ahead of us in the months and years to come.”

This is exciting news!

We can’t wait to see what other exciting things Curiosity will find.

Click here to read more about the recent discovery.

Felix Baumgartner’s fall from space: The Canadian Connection

Photograph by Luke Aikins, c/o Redbull 

On October 14, daredevil Felix Baumgartner rose more than 128,000 feet in the air, and then shattered a long list of records when he jumped — breaking the sound barrier and completing a successful free-fall from the edge of space.

While Red Bull, a U.S.-based company, sponsored the stunt, Felix owes at least some credit to the work of one Canadian engineer.

Shane Jacobs, who hails from Calgary, played a key role in the creation of Baumgartner’s high-tech suit.

Designed to keep Felix safe during an array of temperature and pressure changes, this suit literally saved his life. Jacobs’ design allowed Felix to breathe without restraint during his fall and kept his blood from expanding.

Hats off to you, Mr. Jacobs, for your engineering accomplishment!

What Curiosity Means for Science

From our friends at CERN to our colleagues at NASA, it’s been a big summer for science.

All eyes were on the sky during the early morning hours of August 6th, as NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on Mars.

It was yet another giant leap forward for science and engineering, made possible through years of hard work.

But now that Curiosity has landed on the red planet, what’s next?

For the next two years, the rover will investigate Mars, sending back information that was previously inaccessible to us here on Earth.

Its primary goals will be to study the Martian climate and geology, in hopes of determining whether Mars could have ever supported life.

Curiosity will also help pave the way for human exploration of the planet.

While the rover will cease to operate in twenty-four months’ time, its legacy will live on. Curiosity represents a stunning accomplishment for the countless men and women who contributed to its creation, and serves as an analogy for what we can achieve when we work hard and dream big.

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