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Finally, I Read Thoreau’s “Walden”

In another time and if in the same place, Henry David Thoreau would have been a great family friend. So much of what he addresses in Walden resonates deeply with my dad and me. We frequently discuss the bizarre inconsistencies and illogical manners in much of our society (past and present), speculate the hows and whys as well …

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Is Australia a Continent?

This brought up an interesting geography discussion on CPG Grey’s YouTube video. Indeed, what are continents? What this thread elicited were statements on what is conventional in someone’s country. For instance in North America we are taught there are seven continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica. It seems the Aussies, …

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“Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” Review Part II

Book Review Part I here. Conveniently for me, I had finished Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery, a professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, shortly before The New York Times published a relevant article, "Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil". This article on modern no-till farming …

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“Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” Review Part I

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery of the University of Washington was simply a book on a library shelf among four other soil tomes. That was all the library had to offer for my self-education effort for the UN’s International Year of Soils. Fine. The “erosion of civilizations” part suggested something epic. The …

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From Hominins to Hadza: the Evolutionary Dental Approach

Originally posted and full article at Research Frontiers blog:    You usually do not think much about teeth. You brush them twice a day and use them to chew your food. But who would have thought that the texture of your teeth can tell scientists, now or give or take a few million years, what …

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Why the Lack of Science Literacy in North America?

Warning: pet peeve-worthy opinionated content ahead. Lately I have come across several articles trying to pinpoint why—and how to work with—students who lose interest in science. Some articles take a generalist angle and talk about we need to make science more hands-on in the classroom, while others address a somewhat mysterious drop in interest around …

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How I Do and Do Not Waste Food, and How Others Do

Why do people waste food? Maybe it is because I am part of a frugal family and throwing out food was throwing out money, but I rarely toss the edibles. I go to a restaurant, eat what I can, and take the rest as leftovers. Sometimes the remains feed me for multiple home meals. When …

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