Category Archives: Science


“An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship – it is a crime against our nature as human beings.”–Salman Rushdie Whenever someone issues an edict or warning with the aim of preventing me from reading something, … Continue reading

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Pluto Demoted

16 years ago today Pluto was demoted. During a meeting of the IAU (the International Astronomical Union) members voted to downgrade the then ninth Planet to “Dwarf Planet” status. Since then, the reassignment has been one of astronomy’s most controversial … Continue reading

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The Storm Collapsed

One Saturday evening last month I had been casually monitoring the local NOAA Weather Radar website to track a line of moderate thunderstorms that were moving through Northeast Nebraska. A few severe storms were indicated by red blobs on the … Continue reading

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Thinking About Conservation

I’ve been closely following the news reports and videos of the precarious situation at Hoover Dam and Lake Mead this summer. The ongoing drought in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah has seriously affected water flows of the Colorado River … Continue reading

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How Do You Know?

There is the question, “How do you know?” Frequently, it is used in the rhetorical sense–often times as a retort, during a quarrel. In other instances, it is used in investigative journalism when the editors and reporters must determine whether … Continue reading

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Considering Circles

I spotted my old “Pre-Calculus” textbook on the bookshelf yesterday and smiled as I recalled that I had never put that knowledge to practical use in my life. Dad had strongly suggested that I should try to develop a love … Continue reading

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Innovation For Teeth

I sat reclined in the patient chair in the dentists’ clinic waiting for the dentist to arrive to examine a troublesome tooth and reinstall the crown that had fallen off. Her assistant returned to inform me that the doctor wanted … Continue reading

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