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Elisha Gray’s Telephone, Part 3

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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George Washington Carver Free Printable

WW2 poster of carver

George Washington Carver was born an African American slave a year before slavery was outlawed. He left home at a young age to pursue education and would eventually earn a master’s degree in agricultural science from Iowa State University. He would go on to teach and conduct research at Tuskegee University for decades. Carver’s early…

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What’s Up January 2021

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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Elisha Gray’s Telephone, Part 2

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!

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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Quarantine Pioneer, Ibn Sina

Quarantine isn’t new Quarantine has become a common word in our 2020 vocabulary. Did you know this is a long-established practice for helping stop the spread of illness and disease? Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, was a highly influential Persian scientist who lived during the Middle Ages. He was what is known as a…

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Elisha Gray’s Telephone, A Science Fiction Story

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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Lemonade Tea Ceremony

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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What’s Up in the Night Sky: November 2020

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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Chimpanzee Researcher and activist, Dr. Jane Goodall

chimpanzee

Chimpanzees are closely related to humans, and British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her research of wild chimpanzees. Learn more about Dr. Goodall on this printable coloring page. Dr. Goodall is a primatologist and anthropologist who studied the social interactions among groups of wild chimpanzees. She first started her 60 year studies…

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