Archive for the 'Science' Category

Wildflower Islands

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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A bee curled 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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Almost Cut My Grass

Saturday, July 9th, 2011
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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 […]

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