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Emerson and Cosmic Inflation

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
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The Visible Universe In his essay “Circles,“ Ralph Waldo Emerson writes:St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose centre was everywhere, and its circumference nowhere. The center of town is toward Public Square. The center of the Earth is always down. The center of our solar system moves from east to west every waking […]

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Wildflower Islands

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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A bee curls around a clover flower. Three years ago, I wrote about my plan to keep a yard of wildflowers by mowing just once a year, in early spring. But, after a glorious first year, the yard came to fill with much tall grass and few wildflowers. This year, I have a new plan. […]

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Another Global Warming Day

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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One day past the Winter Solstice, after 34 hours of rain melted last week’s half-foot of snow, the flooding Vermilion River rushes on its winding way to Lake Erie. This seems to be another global warming-type day — heavy rain, instead of snow at solstice time. Now, I understand that you can’t for sure peg […]

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How Helen Keller Learned Speech, Enjoyed Song and Niagara

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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Phonetics is the study of the sounds of human speech, from formation by the speaker to reception by the listener. Some examples of formation are: the “K” sound, which comes from the back of the mouth as the back of the tongue contacts the soft palate; the “P” sound, which comes from the two lips […]

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A Red-Letter Day for Solar Energy as Solar Plane Lands in Morocco

Monday, June 11th, 2012
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June 5th, 2012, became a red-letter day for solar energy, as Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane under a full moon in Rabat, Morocco. The flight, which started in Madrid, marked the first intercontinental flight for a solar airplane. And its next jump will take the Solar Impulse to Ouarzazate, Morocco, where workers […]

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