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What’s Up April 2021

Mar 30, 2021

Spring has arrived and it is a great time to enjoy the night sky. The diagram above from timeanddate.com shows the evening sky in Medford on April 11, the night of the new moon. The full moon on April 26 is the first supermoon of the year. A supermoon is a full moon that appears larger than a typical full moon due to it being closer to Earth. The April full moon is known as the “Pink Moon,” from the pink flowers – phlox – that bloom in the early spring. As you can see in the diagram, evening planet viewing is somewhat…

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Animals of Ashland Episode #1

Mar 20, 2021

A puzzle for you: What creature has bony, hard cylinders instead of feet, a four chambered stomach, and gives birth to identical twins every year ? Don’t know yet? Here’s another clue: Which Ashland creature, like a magical Pokémon, annually sprouts tentacle-esque organs out of its head? These growths begin sensitive, velvety, full of blood vessels, and nerve endings, but eventually turn as hard as rock, are used as weapons, and then fall off, only to regenerate larger the very next year? Any guesses yet? Here’s another hint: In November and December this creature performs ritualized posturing movements–a complex dance–to…

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Elisha Gray’s Telephone, A Sci Fi Story, Part 4

Mar 18, 2021

September 8th, 2025   He built it in time. No no no! This is bad. This is very very bad. His engineers must be brilliant! Furthermore, he won the patent! He filed it one hour before I did. I can still start a company, but I’d have to pay rights, and those aren’t cheap. I lose. I’ll go broke if I don’t, so I might as well start a company. I just hope copyright is less than my profit. Whoohhh—I feel like Elisha Gray, 149 years ago. He patented the telephone two hours after Alexander Graham Bell did. He’s always…

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