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Everyone loves the cool breeze of AC, but scientists have some serious concerns about its use

I’m not sure if there has ever been an invention as great as the air conditioner.

Well, I guess the wheel was pretty big too. But let’s face it, the summers are brutal (especially for those of us below the Mason-Dixon line) — and if it weren’t for the AC, we would be glistening all day long (that’s the genteel way of saying “sweating like a hog”). 348 more words

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The Depths of Intelligence

The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk
By Sy Montgomery
Photographs by Keith Ellenbogen
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, Boston, $18.99)

One of the world’s most intriguing animals is neither vertebrate nor terrestrial: it is a marine mollusk with three hearts, eight arms, a venomous bite, and the ability to change color. 148 more words

Middle Grade Biography

This guy turned a propane torch, wood, tubes and a water bottle into something amazing

If you’ve ever wondered how to create a golf ball launcher look no further, but it’s probably best not to try this at home.

YouTuber The Backyard Scientist showed off his skills by turning a propane torch, some wood, tubes and a water bottle into a golf ball launcher. 97 more words

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A guy poured molten aluminum into his pool and the results are quite fascinating

Backyard scientist is back with a new video of molten aluminum.

This time, he deconstructs exactly how he melts the aluminum, and shows you the beginning wire before it is melted down into liquid form. 89 more words

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Scientists are trying to talk with chickens — and it could have big benefits at the dinner table

What did the chicken say while crossing the road?

No, that’s not the first line to a new take on the old joke. It is a serious line of inquiry into poultry research. 284 more words

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Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

To most everyone’s dismay, eating refined white sugar can negatively impact us. Its effect on our bodies has been the subject of hundreds of studies, all of them painting a bleak picture of what happens to people who regularly consume sugar (read: almost all of us). 339 more words

The World of the Shorebirds by Harry Thurston

I have been devoting much of my free time to birding this spring, visiting various DuPage County Forest Preserves to see what I might see. My reading, however, is geographically unbound. 122 more words

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