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[Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:56 pm

Towards the end of the 20th century, many workplaces changed their office decor because of NASA. Why?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby CoffeeBean » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:25 pm

"Because of NASA"...does this mean that the change was made in response to information released by NASA? In response to a decision that NASA made? A discovery that NASA made? In order to be consistent with a scientific finding? Based on a suggestion that NASA made? Based on a directive from NASA?

Do the workplaces all represent the same company? Various companies? Government workplaces?

Specific pieces of office decor? Or various?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Balin » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:03 pm

Had NASA also made a relevant change? In office decor?
Is NASA's location relevant? Their address? Their phone number?
Is any piece of pop culture relevant?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:48 pm

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"Because of NASA"...does this mean that the change was made in response to information released by NASA? Yes In response to a decision that NASA made? Not so much A discovery that NASA made? Also this In order to be consistent with a scientific finding? Yes Based on a suggestion that NASA made? Not exactly a suggestion, I don't think, although it could be implied Based on a directive from NASA? No

Do the workplaces all represent the same company? Various companies? This Government workplaces? Some could be this, too

Specific pieces of office decor? Yes Or various?

Balin

Had NASA also made a relevant change? Not quite In office decor? They might have as well, but that would be mostly irrelevant
Is NASA's location relevant? Their address? Their phone number?
Is any piece of pop culture relevant? No to rest
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Earnest » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:13 am

NASA discovery: something that was seen in the space? a discovery on hearth? something related to the moon? To the sun? is an alien attack relevant? Is something related to radiations or waves coming from the space?
Are the info released by a specific sector of NASA? Are the info about space? Weather?

workplaces = specific workplaces? Workplaces in a certain place? Near NASA? or of any type? e.g. supermarkets? clothing shops? Food and drink shops? Offices? Banks? Just workplaces with a specific type of decor? With decors of a certain color? Are houses also involved on those changes? If not just because the decors in questions are just found in workplaces? Or because workplaces could gain in doing that operation? Is it a question of gaining something? Of safety?

Decor = an electric one? Sofas? Chairs? Tables? Curtains? computers?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:08 pm

NASA discovery: something that was seen in the space? No a discovery on earth? Yes something related to the moon? To the sun? No to others is an alien attack relevant? No Is something related to radiations or waves coming from the space? No
Are the info released by a specific sector of NASA? Are the info about space? Weather?

workplaces = specific workplaces? A certain type, generally Workplaces in a certain place? No Near NASA? or of any type? e.g. supermarkets? clothing shops? Food and drink shops? Offices? This, primarily. Some of the others listed might work Banks? Just workplaces with a specific type of decor? Yes-ish With decors of a certain color? No Are houses also involved on those changes? Yes, could be, although those changes were more gradual, I would imagine If not just because the decors in questions are just found in workplaces? Could be found in other places Or because workplaces could gain in doing that operation? Yes, svv of "gain" Is it a question of gaining something? Of safety? Yes, it was regarding safety

Decor = an electric one? Sofas? Chairs? Tables? Curtains? computers? None of these
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Earnest » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:27 pm

a discovery on earth? Yes --> does it regard a mineral? a chemical element? is the material of the decor relevant? is a discovery done with satellites relevant? a consumption of a certain type of light?

Was the discovery about something underground? something at the sea level? something on mountains? something about seas? glaciers? something about air? air pollution? something about environment? environmental pollution?

did the firms decide to change the decor? were them forced to? for the health of their office worker? hadn't they adopted that change would there be above all negative legal consequences? negative consequences for the health? For the profits?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:02 am

a discovery on earth? Yes --> does it regard a mineral? No a chemical element? Not specifically, but chemical processes are involved is the material of the decor relevant? Yes is a discovery done with satellites relevant? No a consumption of a certain type of light? No

Was the discovery about something underground? yope something at the sea level? No something on mountains? maybe, not relevantly something about seas? No glaciers? No something about air? This is involved air pollution? This is involved as well something about environment? environmental pollution? Not these as much

did the firms decide to change the decor? Yes were them forced to? No for the health of their office worker? Yes hadn't they adopted that change would there be above all negative legal consequences? No negative consequences for the health? Yes, to a certain extent, anyway For the profits? No
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Earnest » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:24 am

are those decor used now? Or are them all substituted by new decors? Even in houses? Are there new types of the same decor which are now safe?

material = plastic, asbestos, iron, wood, synthetic material, some kind of metal, neon lights involved? Dust? Are radiators, conditioners involved? Air pollution worldwide or also inside the office where the decor was? Decor = piece of furniture right? Is he material per se to be harmful for the health or a combination of factors? (e.g. the decor per se is safe but when it rusts it becomes harmful)

changed their office decor = substitute decor A which has material B with a new decor A which has another material C? Or change both decor and of course the material of the decor?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Balin » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:51 pm

Is memory foam involved?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby trebor » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:31 am

Is it relevant how NASA discovered the information that these workplaces then made changes based upon? Was the discovery made in a simulator? Was it something that was observed on/in/about an astronaut? Does the discovery involve anything that was brought back to earth from space?

Do the changes the workplaces made involve lighting? Natural light? The posture of employees? Are the changes geared to help the mental health of workers? Physical health? Is basic hygiene relevant here? Assuming this is to do with physical health, does the decor change benefit the employee's spine? Back as a whole? Something else on the torso? Legs? Feet?

If the workplaces hadn't changed the decor, would a worker's health be significantly worse? Moderately worse? Is this done to prevent a specific illness/disease/injury? Something more general that is bad health-wise?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:22 pm

Earnest

are those decor used now? The old? Yes, I'm sure, but irrel Or are them all substituted by new decors? No, likely not Even in houses? Especially not this Are there new types of the same decor which are now safe? there's an underlying FA here, actually

material = plastic, asbestos, iron, wood, None, but this is closest synthetic material, some kind of metal, neon lights involved? Dust? No to others Are radiators, conditioners involved? No Air pollution worldwide or also inside the office where the decor was? Strictly inside the office. Pollution might not be the right word, but I don't know Decor = piece of furniture right? Could be, but in general, it just signifies anything used to decorate or furnish. In this case, it's only yopishly "funriture". Is he material per se to be harmful for the health or a combination of factors? There's actually nothing harmful about the material (e.g. the decor per se is safe but when it rusts it becomes harmful)

changed their office decor = substitute decor A which has material B with a new decor A which has another material C? Could be this, more or less Or change both decor and of course the material of the decor? Could also be this

Balin

Is memory foam involved? No

trebor

Is it relevant how NASA discovered the information that these workplaces then made changes based upon? No Was the discovery made in a simulator? Couldn't have been, no Was it something that was observed on/in/about an astronaut? No Does the discovery involve anything that was brought back to earth from space? No

Do the changes the workplaces made involve lighting? Natural light? The posture of employees? None of these Are the changes geared to help the mental health of workers? Physical health? This, though I guess mental could be involved as well Is basic hygiene relevant here? No Assuming this is to do with physical health, does the decor change benefit the employee's spine? Back as a whole? Something else on the torso? I suppose you could say this, though it would ultimately effect them as a whole Legs? Feet?

If the workplaces hadn't changed the decor, would a worker's health be significantly worse? Moderately worse? This Is this done to prevent a specific illness/disease/injury? Something more general that is bad health-wise? This
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby trebor » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:55 pm

Is the negative health effect a virus? Bacteria? Something that one can catch, like a cold? Is it something that one could contract seasonally? Allergies? Is it something that one has for a long time once one gets it? For the rest of one's life? Are air fresheners relevant? Humidifiers? Smoking?

Is the relevant material found in nature? Is it a plant? Or plant-based? Is it paper?

Did the previous decor serve a purpose other than to make the office look/smell better? If so, is that purpose related to the work done at the office? Same questions for the new decor.
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:14 am

Is the negative health effect a virus? Bacteria? Something that one can catch, like a cold? Is it something that one could contract seasonally? Allergies? Is it something that one has for a long time once one gets it? For the rest of one's life? To be honest, I'm not sure what all is included. It covers a variety of things, but in general, it is polluted air. Could be viruses or allergens, maybe, but other pollutants would also be included, and could cover a wide variety of symptoms, short-term and long-term. Are air fresheners relevant? No Humidifiers? No Smoking? Not specifically, but I think this could also be a pollutant included.

Is the relevant material found in nature? Is it a plant? This Or plant-based? Is it paper?

Did the previous decor serve a purpose other than to make the office look/smell better? No If so, is that purpose related to the work done at the office? Same questions for the new decor. The new decor also makes the office look better, but has further purpose.
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Earnest » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:50 am

So...is the decor made of this plant or it is the plant itself? If the latter...are the fruits of this plant dangerous? If the former...it is not wood but it is close to it right?

Did the plant produce something which is dangerous? Is the material dangerous when in particular conditions? (E.g. with mould?) Always? Are just special types of decors made of this plant? Like floors? Doors? is the decor usually found at the height of the chandeliers? Near doors? At the height of desks? Near windows? At the height of the floor?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby trebor » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:04 pm

Is the new decor a plant that somehow removes pollutants from the air?
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Re: [Hobbsicle] Office Space

Postby Hobbsicle » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:04 am

Earnest

So...is the decor made of this plant or it is the plant itself? It is a plant (or a few types of plants) If the latter...are the fruits of this plant dangerous? No, the nature of any previous plants are mostly irrelevant If the former...it is not wood but it is close to it right?

Did the plant produce something which is dangerous? Is the material dangerous when in particular conditions? (E.g. with mould?) Always? Are just special types of decors made of this plant? Like floors? Doors? is the decor usually found at the height of the chandeliers? Near doors? At the height of desks? Near windows? At the height of the floor? See above...FA that previous plants were dangerous. Just that the new plants...see below

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Is the new decor a plant that somehow removes pollutants from the air? YES

There might be a couple of additional details that could be figured out, but I see no need, really, so...

******************SPOILER********************

In 1989, NASA did a clean air study, looking for indoor plants that might help purify and clean toxins out of the air, for use on space stations to help keep the air clean. They discovered several plants that were very effective at this purification. Well, many offices and other enclosed work spaces were dealing with something that had been recently coined as "sick building syndrome", where people would have headaches, feel tired, get nauseated, etc., but only while inside of these buildings. They guessed it was due to poor ventilation and various pollutants in the stale air. So when NASA released the study, many workplaces either added these plants or changed from previous plants in an effort to improve the health of their employees. Actually, most of what you see in an office today are plants from these studies. The commonly seen ficus tree is an example of a plant that helps purify the air around it.


Thanks to Earnest, Coffeebean, and Balin for some good questions, and good job to trebor for the final detail.
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