Archive for the 'Science' Category

Another Global Warming Day

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

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 […]


How Helen Keller Learned Speech, Enjoyed Song and Niagara

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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 […]


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

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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 […]


Almost Cut My Grass

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Almost cut my grass. It happened just the other day. It’s getting kind of long. I could’ve said it was in my way. But I didn’t, and I wonder why … Well, I did eventually cut my grass, but not till latter May. And it’s no wonder why — I’m slow to mow to start […]


There’s No Warm Time Like the Present

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Today’s global warming is unique among the Earth’s warm periods. The rise in average world-wide temperature (0.7°C over the past 100 years) is much faster-paced than the warming after an ice age (4 – 7°C over 5000 years).90 And the rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere (80 parts per million (ppm) — up […]