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Happy 4th Of July….Now Get Out There And Eat…Eat…Eat

July 4, 2017

The 4th of July…Independence Day…whatever you call it is a day we as citizens of the United States celebrate our Independence from England with parades, fireworks, red white and blue bunting and FOOD! On this day, Americans meet in parks and public places and have picnics and barbeques. Typical foods include: Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers…The meat […]

TVA….Did You Know?

July 3, 2017

During the Great Depression, the Tennessee River Valley was hit hard. It did not help that the soil was unsuitable for farming, the best timber had been chopped down, and frequent devastating floods. FDA signed the TVA Act on May 18, 1933. TVA was one of FDA’s most innovative ideas. TVA was established to control […]

4th Of July Traditions…Not The Way They Did It In Mayberry

July 2, 2017

The 4th Of July Weekend is upon us and folks all across our nation will be celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Sure there will be fireworks…parades…picnics and homemade ice cream….but some cities and communities have some very different ways to celebrate our Independence…. Many communities have a Fourth of […]

Life’s first handshake

July 1, 2017

Like a pair of human hands, certain organic molecules have mirror-image versions of themselves, a chemical property known as chirality. These so-called “handed” molecules are essential for biology and have intriguingly been found in meteorites on Earth and comets in our Solar System. None, however, has been detected in the vast reaches of interstellar space, […]

Bluebells…Did You Know

June 30, 2017

Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life, and attempt to sow that route with flowers. ~”Madame du Chatelet As  humans we have a long history and tradition of story telling.  Sharing stories that were told and retold through the generations through word of mouth.  With the advent […]

The Tree Of 40 Fruit

June 29, 2017

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working […]

Fireworks Facts For The Fourth Of July

June 28, 2017

For as long as Americans can remember, the nation has celebrated the Fourth of July by staging grand fireworks shows in public squares and lighting smaller displays at home. Why do we commemorate Independence Day by setting off thousands of small explosions? Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even […]

Worms…Did You Know?

June 27, 2017

Anyone prone to working the soil knows that upturning the earth exposes these shiny, wigging, pinkish-brownish tubular life forms, sending them thrashing in hasty retreat into the comforting, moist darkness of the soil. Earthworms….Did You know? One of the most familiar of them, the sort you may see in your garden, is commonly known as […]

Do Parallel universes exist….Some say yes

June 26, 2017

Imagine a world where dinosaurs hadn’t become extinct, Germany had won World War II and you were born in an entirely different country. These worlds could exist today in parallel universes, which constantly interact with each other, according to a group of US and Australian researchers. It may sound like science fiction, but the new […]

The Birds With No Eggs

June 25, 2017

The spoon-billed sandpiper is so endangered, there are only about 200 breeding pairs left. So conservationists are taking their eggs away. Normally it is a terrible idea to steal eggs from the nests of wild birds.  But in the chilly coastal tundra of Chukotka, in the remote north-east of Russia, conservationists are doing exactly that. […]

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