If it weren’t for the sign just outside the entrance to the Podponics farm, you might wonder if you’d gotten the address wrong.
As you pull into the lot, the scene most resembles an industrial truck yard. Airplanes are rushing overhead, taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson, just a few miles away. And the 11 acres of land in front of you are mostly empty, with exception of a few dozen shipping containers, stacked two levels high in the middle of the lot.
Here's a story of technology helping a musician overcome adversity. When Jason Barnes lost his right arm in 2012, that might have been the end of his drumming career. But Professor Gil Weinberg at Georgia Tech's Center for Musical Technology has built Jason a robotic arm. Now, he can not only play the drums again, but the prosthesis will collaborate with him while he does.
To many it’s known as the Fernbank Telescope, but it’s actual name is the Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory. It hosts a telescope that’s nearly three feet across under a large white dome that opens to the night sky. It’s the largest telescope in the southeastern United States and the Fernbank Science Center has free observations a couple of evenings a week, weather permitting. You can find out more here.
Despite trying to close a projected $73 million dollar budget hole, it looked like the DeKalb County School Board was going to spare the Fernbank Science Center.
That changed today when the board decided to consider cutting about $3 million from the Center’s budget.
“Fernbank would remain open and would still be a science center that has a core educational mission of hands on science education for children,” said DeKalb spokesman Walter Woods. “But it would have a reduced budget.”