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Guess what today is? Hooray! It’s Dollar Store Science Day! You might be asking, exactly what is Dollar Store Science Day? Well, allow me to walk you through it. After escaping the motherbored, I mean motherboard, of online work or school, collect up your couch cushion change, grab a science partner (an adult, if you…

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Winter brings long cold nights that are ideal for sky gazing. Unfortunately, Oregon is prone to clouds and rain during the winter months that frequently prevent sky gazing. So take advantage of every break in the weather to go outside and view the night sky. The focus this month is on the planet Mars, which…

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August 1, 2025 I have good news and bad news. The good news: I’ve built Mark I of the Quantunnel (I’ve also settled on a name) and it (almost) works. I still had some bugs to work out, but I have a good feeling about this one. But it wasn’t easy—it was all I did…

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The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to explore what astronomical events we can expect in the coming twelve months and this will be the focus of this month’s column. As usual, I will concentrate on events that can be experienced without the need for expensive equipment. Conjunctions One interesting event in…

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July 7th, 2025 I suppose my last entry is due some clarification from Yours Truly. About the patent; it’s for quantum technologies no. 2, quantum tunneling. I would explain it to you, but it’s too complex. I’ll give you the simple version: on a quantum scale (smaller than microscopic) some particles like neutrons are so…

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Hello, 2021! As 2021 pulls away from the station, tickets punched, destination unknown, we continue to time travel along. We take turns gazing optimistically forward or stealing sad glances back, and together we forever ride the future train. I have packed some items to help me navigate 2021: 2021 Future Packing List: Item Number 1:…

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by Linux Spangler   June 5th, 2025 I’m not a mad scientist. Sorry—I just needed to get that off my chest. I’m an inventor, and I’m not insane. My name is Professor Sirius Moppe (it’s a weird one, I know)  and this is (obviously) my journal. Anyway, as I said before, I’m not crazy. I…

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Tea Ceremony During a brief window of opening last summer I was fortunate to spend a couple of nights in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods. I was nestling into the giant trees, channeling the thoughts of a little forest fox, when I came across a couple who invited me to share some black jasmine tea with…

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moon image from nasa

By Colin White, NASA Solar System Ambassador. The end of Fall and the beginning of Winter is a great time to go out in the evening and look at the night sky. The Sun is now beginning to set in the early evening (around 5 PM on November 1), which means you can go out…

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