In the 19th Century, many scientists viewed the Universe as being predictable in principle, like the inner workings of a clock. We've come a long way since then.
Why does the resin of California's Jeffrey Pine tree smell like butterscotch?
This article gives an overview of time travel in science fiction, briefly touches upon the classic Grandfather Paradox, and presents a conundrum, Larry and Nell's Razor.
This article describes strength training exercises that can enhance performance on mountain hikes, and prevent sore muscles afterward.
This article looks at two nonstandard approaches for preventing bites from stray dogs, at any time of the day or night.
This article describes conventional and nonstandard approaches for kicking cigarette addiction. Subtopics: acetaldehyde, Cold Turkey, exercise, gradual withdrawal, harm reduction, and Swedish Snus.
This article contains informed speculations about the putative connection between weather and rheumatoid arthritis. It also mentions some non-medicinal, do-it-yourself approaches.
We humans are not the only ones who can build upon an existing vocabulary, when a novel situation arises. Super-smart Border Collies can do that too.
This article reviews the top two common-sense safety measures. It also describes some lesser-known safety precautions for people hiking in mountain lion country.
Some hikers believe that it's always dangerous to wear cotton clothing on outdoor treks. We'll examine this claim from a chemistry perspective.
Being a responsible dog owner requires a lot of time, effort and patience. This article explores four alternatives to conventional dog ownership for busy people.
We'll look at two uphill hiking tactics: Rhythmic Breathing and the Rest Step. However if you're already an endurance athlete, uphill hiking technique may be less important for you.
Bears are wild animals, and should never be regarded as cute and cuddly. But they're not inherently vicious either. We can all learn a thing or two from these extraordinary creatures.
The recipe for the Dr Pepper beverage is a big corporate secret. This article attempts to shed some light on the subject. It is based upon information that is readily available on the Internet.
This article explores the pros and cons of using hiking poles. It also describes how to use your hiking pole to save the life of another hiker, who's being attacked by a mountain lion.
This article describes a slow-paced indoor exercise, called Gorilla Walking. This therapeutic exercise isolates and strengthens the thigh muscles, aka the quadriceps,.
The Lobotomy Nobel of 1949 had tragic consequences. How could the highly educated people within the medical profession and the Nobel Committee make such a huge mistake?
This article is a lighthearted look at the language used to describe an unspeakable crime--murder. For international readers, it can provide some insight into the culture of the USA.
When we look at the first digits from a wide variety of measurements, a striking pattern emerges. This is described by Benford's Law, aka the First Digit Problem. And it's a real head-scratcher.
Tweak your aerobic exercise routine with ABAB Testing, to find the 'sweet spot' that optimizes your well-being. This article also explores a few aerobic options, including Trikking.
If we're in good health, hiking uphill is not difficult, provided that our upper legs have normal strength. However we must pace ourselves properly. Uphill pacing is a skill that can be cultivated.
It is possible to make rice or pasta, using less salt, without sacrificing the salty taste. How? With common-sense chemistry.