The Cactus Who Wanted to Be a Christmas Tree

Katie loves Christmastime. Getting presents is nice, and playing in the snow with her friends is fun, but what she likes best are all the pretty decorations...

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Sunny and Victor: Best Friends Forever

Bears and rabbits are not supposed to be friends, but the story of how Sunny Bunny and Victor Bear became “best friends forever” is a tale of friendship...

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Some Poems About Life

(30 Actually) Gems of Wit & Wisdom

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So Elephants Never Forget?

We all know elephants are special animals, and that they have great brainpower.  But we’re only now beginning to appreciate how unique they are. Neurobiologist Paul Manger at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa began modern study of the elephant brain when he obtained permission in 2009 to  preserve the brains of three

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Would You Like To Be A Scientist?

If you are interested in scientific research and have some time, but no training, don’t worry, you can still contribute.  That’s why zooniverse.org ( https://www.zooniverse.org/ ) was founded — “the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.” Scientific research may sound glamorous, but there is a lot of routine work analyzing data.  This is

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How To Break A Bad Habit

Having habits can either be good or bad.  A good habit helps get you through your daily routine.  But a bad habit can hold you back, and even endanger your health.  If you’re like most people, that can be a struggle.  If you always find yourself losing, could science offer some solutions? Science does offer

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Can You Really Smell Rain?

I grew up on a sheep and chicken farm, so naturally there were lots of smells.  One of the most interesting was what I sensed before a rain.  It was if I could actually smell the rain coming. Was it just me?  No, according to the article “Why You Can Smell Rain” by Tim Logan

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Why Don’t You See Sunburned Plants?

The end of summer may be a bit late to think about this, but have you ever wondered why plants don’t get sunburned? Actually, they’ve already thought of that.  Plants can make their own sunscreen to protect from harmful solar radiation and yet not interfere with  photosynthesis. Specifically, in 2011 a team of scientists reported

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Self-Esteem: Finding Your Peak

My best friend is a psychologist in private practice, so any news about behavior catches my eye.  For example, a new study on self-esteem, which analyzed 191 research articles covering almost 165,000 people, suggests this is one trait that gets better with age. Data suggest self-esteem first begins to rise between ages 4 and 11.   Levels

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Cancer, Running and Teamwork

Teamwork.  It’s important in any organization, essential in the military.   And once you learn how important it is, you never forget.  Even when you’re 70 years old. My reminder came at the Providence Hood To Coast Relay on August 24-25, 2018 (https://hoodtocoastrelay.com/htc/).   Classmates from my alma mater, the Air Force Academy class of 1970,

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What Is The Secret To Feeling Younger?

Now that I’m into my seventh decade, the simple question of how to feel younger is taking on a renewed urgency.  So the article “This May Be the Secret to Feeling Younger and Living Longer” by Jamie Ducharme quickly caught my eye ( http://time.com/5363984/how-to-feel-younger-aging/? ).  The answer may be simpler than you think. We really have

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Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head

It’s happened to all of us (especially Disney collectors!).   You hear a song, or maybe a couple of bars, and it’s stuck in your head forever.  At least it seems like forever.  And it doesn’t have to be the actual song; it could simply be a memory trigger, like a movie poster. Your nemesis is

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