New New Horizons Kuiper Object Photograph

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NASA’s New Horizons space ship has photographed the farthest thing away shown in an actual photograph where you go up to the thing and take a picture (as opposed to looking far away with a telescope or something). It is an object in the Kuiper Belt. The first shot is shown below on the left, … Continue reading New New Horizons Kuiper Object Photograph


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Educational Kids Gift: The Human Body by Smithsonian

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There is a new series of educational kits called Exploration Station, coming out in a few day. You can pre-order them. I’ll post about three of them, starting with Exploration Station: The Human Body. The kids are designed for learning by kids six years and above, but I think they are ideal for third or … Continue reading Educational Kids Gift: The Human Body by Smithsonian


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Victims That Survive Rise Up

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Richard Avedon sat with a beer at the horseshoe shaped bar of the Black Forest Inn, on what is now known as Eat Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Avedon was a relatively well known and ascending photographer, producing work for Vogue, Life, and Harper’s Bazaar. He was an unusual photographer, or at least, his photographs were unusual. … Continue reading Victims That Survive Rise Up


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CO2 from Coal in the US: Good News

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Carbon dioxide emissions from US power generation have declined by over a quarter since 2005, according to a recent report from the US government. The largest part of this reduction is from reduced demand, with switching around among fossil fuels that are less vs more dirty and adding non carbon sources combine to make about … Continue reading CO2 from Coal in the US: Good News


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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Heritage

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In the early days of the 1972 election, President Richard Nixon, seeking re-election, faced a number of potentially tough challengers, and the strongest one may have been Senator Edmund Muskie. Among all the possible Democratic candidates emerging at the time, Nixon wanted to run against the one he saw as the weakest, George McGovern. So … Continue reading Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Heritage


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What about all those Nuke Plants in Florence’s Path?

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The US Southeast has a lot of nuke plants. Like this: It is highly unlikely that a direct hit from the most energetic part of a hurricane would affect a nuclear power plant, as they are very well built. I don’t know what major flooding would do for any given plant. I suspect that most … Continue reading What about all those Nuke Plants in Florence’s Path?


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Amazing Book On Amazing Arachnids

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I am strongly recommending Amazing Arachnids by Jillian Cowles. This book is in line to win the Greg Laden’s Blog Science Book of the Year. It looks like a high quality, almost coffee table like, book on the arachnids, things like mites and spiders and such. But that is only what it appears to be … Continue reading Amazing Book On Amazing Arachnids


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Minnesota Northern Scowl

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I call it the Minnesota scowl. It is a little like a Minnesota “stern look” but the latter is wielded as necessary and on demand. The scowl is always there, as a gumpy resting face. You’ve heard of Minnesota nice. This is the Minnesota scowl. Same thing, just more honest. As far as I know … Continue reading Minnesota Northern Scowl


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Minnesota Could Get A “State Bank” if Rebecca Otto Becomes Governor

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In 1919, the farmers of North Dakota got fed up with predatory lenders, and successfully lobbied for a credit union style state-run bank for them to use instead. Private sector financial institutions elsewhere in the country would have none of this, and destroyed this initial effort by freezing the North Dakota bank out of access … Continue reading Minnesota Could Get A “State Bank” if Rebecca Otto Becomes Governor


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Girls With Dreams and Women With Cards

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Natasha Ravinand is the founder of “She Dreams in Code,” a nonprofit focused on increasing opportunities for middle school girls to engage in coding. She is also the author of Girls With Dreams: Inspiring Girls to Code and Create in the New Generation. In this book, Ntasha interviews several women in engineering and technology in … Continue reading Girls With Dreams and Women With Cards


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