Category Archives: Science and Nature

“Life Everlasting” by Bernd Heinrich

“Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death” by Bernd Heinrich describes the transformation of matter after death and why the recycling of that matter is necessary to the environment. NPR has an excerpt here, and I especially like the introduction, … Continue reading

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A different moon for the movies

I keep noticing that the moon in movies is always full. Last night we watched a show where it was full in one scene and still full two weeks later. Someone should tell movie makers that the moon goes through … Continue reading

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The case of the missing cat

Recent clues regarding my missing cat: Saturday evening, returning from feeding the goat, I spied fresh prints, catly in size, by the garden shed. They started at one end of the shed, went along the front, and ended at the … Continue reading

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The sun’s brief victory

Bitter cold retreated reluctantly and only a bit to the rear when sunshine won the skirmish midweek, and Chesapeake manned his usual winter sunning post, the mower ramp on the east side of our garden shed. With wind nearly absent … Continue reading

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The pressure of living on Earth

Published Feb. 26, 2007 My barometer log records the passing of the remnants of Hurricane Katrina through northeast Ohio in August 2005. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 8:25 a.m., my barometer recorded a pressure of 29.82 inches, and I made … Continue reading

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Son of a son of a volcano

Published April 4, 2005 Krakatoa killed thousands, and it gained the attention of the world at a time when nations were just starting to think globally. The quiet volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra first gained … Continue reading

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Wandering through a dictionary of science

Published April 14, 2011 I mentioned Avogadro’s number in an older column and had to relearn it to write about it, chemistry classes being several decades past for me. “The American Heritage Science Dictionary” provided the answer. I found listings … Continue reading

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