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Eclipse

What would a good science blog be without mention of last night’s breathtaking solar eclipse? I set up on my patio with a welding mask, a notebook and pencil and glass of iced tea.  The nerd in me says I … Continue reading

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Something changed in the western sky!

Take a look at the positions of the planets and the moon in this photo I took last week: Now compare to the photo I posted in my blog a few weeks ago: Notice anything different?  Venus and Jupiter switched … Continue reading

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Back to normal

As I had previously mentioned in January, my ash tree had finally lost most of its leaves. Yet, it had already began sprouting this year’s leaves. I’m happy to report, that after a strong windstorm a little bit of cool … Continue reading

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Fall, finally.

It’s mid-January. The large ash tree in my back yard is finally dropping its leaves. This is supposed to be a deciduous tree that loses its leaves in the winter. But, every year it seems the date the leaves start … Continue reading

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Lunar eclipse

The full moon will plunge into shadow tonght, courtesy of a total lunar eclipse.  Just like any solid object, the Earth casts a shadow.  When the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, a lunar eclips occurs.  It’s a good thing I … Continue reading

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Sole Mark

My grandfather collected the interesting rocks he overturned with his plow. He placed them in a small area under a poplar tree, and contemplated the rocks’ origins. I cannot remember what hypothesis he had for this unusual rock, but when … Continue reading

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Disbelief.

  A missile launch? I’m sure most of you saw the news story last week about a mysterious, unknown “missile launch” off the coast of Los Angeles. Combine viral internet video with people’s wild imaginations and a zealous media and … Continue reading

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A pet peeve

At some point during the warm summer months, I hear nearly every local weather reporter remark: “It’s going to be hot outside. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen so that you don’t get burned.” Yet, that statement is 99% … Continue reading

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Nature begats curiosity.

I’d like to share something my grandfather wrote regarding nature. He was an observant individual, and eager for reasons for life’s curiosities. His approached nature from a spiritual wondering, but that is not so different from a scientist’s drive for … Continue reading

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One more Alabama stream

“Sandy Creek” lies just down the hill from my grandfather’s property. As a child, I fished and played in this stream, and touched the poison oak along its banks. I don’t remember ever seeing this stream flood or dry up, … Continue reading

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