I devised a way to replace water lost from evaporation, and I'm testing it now. It's a siphon dripping distilled water directly into the tank at about 1 drip per 8 seconds. Hopefully the test over the next few days will go well--well enough to use it for the next week. One drip is about .1ml, and dripping at 1 drip per 8 seconds will give me ~10,000 drips per day, or 1 liter of water replaced.
I have about 6 knots tied in some aquarium line to slow down the siphon to an acceptable rate, I would really like to use this as an opportunity to dose trace elements, but I'm worried about calcium build-up in the tubes that would reduce the drip rate. I also realized that my cat decided to shapen her incisors on the tubing while it had been left at home--creating about 4 little holes to spew water!!! Of course I had to fix that like we've fixed everything else in the dorm: with Sticky Tack. We've tacked up posters, fixed showers, secured metal bars, filled holes, and repaired countless items in these god-forsaken dorms with the stuff. It's amazing how useful it can be, I think it should be in every college student's survival kit--if only it warmed our shower water!!! Don't get me wrong, I love the residence hall, but if there's one thing that I just can't stand, it's a COLD SHOWER in the morning. I can put up with the people--the roommates, the loud people downstairs that never sleep, and the idiots. I can put up with the whistling air in the mornings as the wind passes through my window. I can put up with the boring cafeteria food. I can deal with the toilets that break every time you use them. But I can not deal with the cold showers. I'm getting fed up with it!!
There was a write up on the Zahn Research scholars in one of the UAH-Science publications. It makes me wonder if it would be beneficial to join the program or not. I should probably go talk to Dr. Mebane tomorrow about it. I think I'll do that after my precal test. I've been studying for that test since last night, I really hope that I will do well on this one. It's the last big test before the final. It's crucial that I make an "A" on it. I'm going to make an "A" on it.
That's it for now--I'll post the results of my test tomorrow.