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The Eye of the Storm

We all know that there is an eye of calm in the center of a hurricane, but to experience it is quite different from intellectually knowing it. Horrible gale winds and bullet rains suddenly ease up and the sky is blue, the weather, tranquil. Then, just as
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Posted by on April 8, 2020

Astronomy: Me and the Universe

When I was a youngster, I would go outside, particularly in the wintertime, and gaze, spellbound, at the night sky. How beautiful, how inspiring! But when my parents bought me a kids' telescope, it was horribly inadequate and highly disappointing. I did n
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Posted by on January 31, 2020

The Antifungal Agent Used in Wipes

I am "into" chemicals that are iconic for the product, lately. I am also enamored by MS-Paint. So I combine the two in articles. Yesterday I wrote briefly (I call it a "QS Nugget") of the hypoallergenic anti-fungal agent in cosmetic wipes, iodopropynyl bu
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Posted by on September 3, 2019

Saving Water

How Much Water? The water we drink or use to shower or clean our teeth or wash dishes isn't the only water we use. Every bit of food we eat or flavored drink we consume requires water to produce it. Agriculture 10% of the water in California is us
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Posted by on July 10, 2019

Waiting for the professor

MY LAST POST was about to a visit to a museum in Glasgow where I met 'Dippy the Diplodocus'. Well, although Dippy and the museum were interesting, that was not the real purpose of one of my rare visits back to my home town. My eldest son ('Wingman' o
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Posted by on March 11, 2019

He's a big boy!

AND I FOR one wouldn't like to meet him on a dark night - or even a brightly lit night come to think of it! This is 'Dippy' the Diplodocus whom I met recently in the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. His normal home is the Natural History Mus
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Posted by on February 21, 2019

Should NASA have considered sending drones to Mars with the last launch of the lander InSight?

NASA - JPL landed InSight on Mars just a few days ago. LOOK AT THIS LINK ABOUT THE INSIGHT LANDER I WAS EXCITED watching the live YouTube of the Insight Landing success. Many were online that day, November 26, 2018. LOOK AT THIS LINK to read
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Posted by on November 29, 2018

Can Carbonated Water be used to put out the fires or for that matter, Concentrated CO2 from large tanks be used to put out forest fires?

C02 aka Carbon Dioxide infused water used for putting out forest fires sounds like a far fetched idea right? I woke up this morning with an idea about what it might require to put out a fire. Carbon Dioxide is a gas that we have in abundance, and
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Posted by on November 27, 2018

Fractals and Fractal Geometry are something that takes a long time to look at and fully appreciate

Fractals are a product of geometry, a branch of mathematics. The repetitious nature and complex detail found in most fractal geometry is such that it would really take a long time of close observation to fully appreciate this form of art or rather
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Posted by on September 19, 2018

How FAR Can You See? A Friend Said, "To California"

I have a friend whom I haven't see in a while who used to say the most startling things. I'm not sure if he was kidding, or just didn't realize what he was saying. Here are a couple of them: Bacon is a low fat food, because you COOK OUT all the fat befo
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Posted by on August 29, 2018