Category Archives: Nature

Magnetic Wine Aging

Energy, electric fields, and magnetic fields are difficult concepts for anyone to understand, even a student of physics. It takes practice to calculate these quantities, and to also understand how they are all related. Chemists also use some of these … Continue reading

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The end of cooler forests

Let’s face it: climate change is real. If you disagree, then perhaps you are reading the wrong “skeptical” website. In any case, the science behind it is rock solid. I wrote here previously about how sometimes these scientific results show … Continue reading

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The Mystery of The Yeti, Solved

“British scientist may have solved the mystery of the Yeti.”, that was a teaser in the news cycle last week. It involved web and print articles as well as television news. In my opinion not a great day for science reporting. The … Continue reading

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Non-toxicants: Substances That Won’t Make You High

Remember those kids from high school who could make a bong out of absolutely anything? Those young MacGyvers who, having mastered the journeyman’s apple bong, had moved onto spring loaded, Rube Goldberg-inspired smoking contraptions? They hung out in the parking … Continue reading

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All GM Foods Are Not Created Equal

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe is a podcast that I enjoy every week. This week, the panel discussed the topic of GM foods; and while I don’t disagree with anything they said, I did have to grit my teeth … Continue reading

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Mantid Season In Michigan

Recently, I have been noticing a lot of praying mantises out and about in Southeast Michigan. I knew that there were praying mantises in the state, but I’d never seen so many as I have recently. And so large! These … Continue reading

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15 Crazy Moon Fallacies

A blog post came across my social network feed this week titled “15 Crazy Full Moon Facts.” Oxford Dictionary defines fact as, “a thing that is indisputably the case.” So I am not sure what the author of these “facts” … Continue reading

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Amazing Animals of Africa: Quagga (Extinct)

Above Image: The Quahkah (Quagga) Aquatinta by Samuel Daniell (1775-1811) from the Series African scenery and animals. Image Credit: Smithsonian Institution Libraries Source: Wikimedia Commons; Sourced for this blog in 09/2013. Image is available because it is in the public … Continue reading

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Marvelous Animals from Madagascar: Aye-Aye

Above Image: Aye-aye ImageCredit: Frank Vassen Source:flickr; Sourced for this blog in 08/2013. Image is available under theAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericLicense. Aye-aye are weird little creatures that can only be found in the wild in certain parts of Madagascar. They are … Continue reading

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Detroit’s “Mystery Cat”

Suburban Detroit had a bit of a cryptid scare recently. The story started making the rounds last week about a mystery cat roaming the suburbs north of the city, though sightings of the cat had started before that. News headlines declared it … Continue reading

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