Category Archives: Science

Bonk by Mary Roach

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach is a fun exploration of sex from a scientific view.  The emphasis is more on entertainment than on science, but you do manage to learn quite a bit along the … Continue reading

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Ice Age Flower Blooms Again

Silene Stenophylla last bloomed 30,000 years ago but it is now blossoming again thanks to an ancient squirrel.  Russian scientists found a squirrel’s burrow in the Siberian permafrost that contained fruits and seeds, according to a study published in “Proceedings of … Continue reading

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The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age is a period of cooling in the Northern Hemisphere which is generally thought to have lasted from around 1300-1500 to the mid-1800’s.  I first became familiar with it when I read about people ice skating on … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method

The Indiana Senate has proposed a bill to require the teaching of creationism in public schools.  It has passed two readings and is on the schedule for the third.  If the Senate approves it, as seems likely, it will go to the … Continue reading

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La Brea Tar Pits

I’ve been fascinated by the La Brea Tar Pits since I first heard about them as a child.  I still haven’t been there.  But my husband was there last week, the bastard.  I forgive him, though, since he bought me … Continue reading

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High Blood Pressure

I have high blood pressure, though I am fortunate to have found a medication that keeps it where it should be with no serious side effects.  It runs in my family and I’m overweight, so I’m not surprised I have … Continue reading

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Odd Science News

A couple of items in the science news today made me go “Huh?”  The first was a report that orangutans in the Milwaukee County Zoo are being trained to use iPads.  They are learning how to draw on the iPad with their fingers … Continue reading

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