Category Archives: Science

It’s a Clean, Clean, Clean, Clean World!

This spring during an outdoor rowing event, I noticed everyone using a bottle of hand sanitizer on the edge of a picnic table.  It was a pump-type dispenser and was in constant use as athletes, parents, and coaches were inclined … Continue reading

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Bigger Is Not Always Better!

A few weeks ago, my daughter asked me if I knew the size of the Apollo 11 computer. We were chatting with a group of folks about cell phones, and remarking on the constant upgrades regarding the size of today’s … Continue reading

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The Mighty OZ!

I sat in the dentist chair like so many times before as the dental assistant told me it was time for my annual X-rays.  She lay a heavy lead apron across my chest, as was usual, but then she reached … Continue reading

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Lunar Tick!

John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Why the moon . . . ?” Yes, why the moon?  What is our fascination with our neighboring orbital satellite?  Some reasons are obvious.  As a nighttime astrological feature, it’s the biggest and brightest.  It pulls … Continue reading

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Sugar . . . Oh, Honey, Honey!

No other subject in college annoyed me more than organic chemistry.  As a biology and geology student, organic chem was a necessary evil and while I enjoyed certain aspects of the subject, like the labs, nucleic acids and such, most … Continue reading

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Topsy Turvy World

Why is Australia the land “down under?”  Who determined the North Pole is the top of the world instead of the bottom?  Personally, I blame the Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus who arbitrarily placed North at the top of maps about … Continue reading

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Energy crisis solved?

For the past forty years, scientists, politicians and regular people are trying to avert the impending doom that is the lack of energy.  Many methods of quelling our thirst for oil and fossil fuels are investigated and implemented, such as … Continue reading

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Shave and a haircut, two bits!

Hair, hair, long beautiful hair!  We all love hair!  There’s something inherently masculine about hair, or even the lack thereof, but hair is incredibly feminine also.  Hair is versatile, varied and beautiful in the right places and kept in the … Continue reading

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Pure Energy!!!

Energy ain’t cheap, anymore! What made this nation great (the United States) and was instrumental in helping it win two world wars, is now the instrument of its accelerating decay. Cheap energy was the formula for power and success for … Continue reading

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Time on your hands!

What is time?  Apparently, this is a difficult question.  Behold these textbook definitions: 1 – system of distinguishing events: a dimension that enables two identical events occurring at the same point in space to be distinguished, measured by the interval … Continue reading

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