Should our government's child adoption policies make a distinction between gay married couples and straight married couples?
Why does the resin of California's Jeffrey Pine tree smell like butterscotch?
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.
Can you find the distance from the base of a Regular Tetrahedron to its center, if you know the height of this figure? This article also describes an important tetrahedron for chemists.
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.
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.
In some developed countries, obesity has become a serious health problem. This article describes a simple experiment, which sheds some light on the putative link between MSG and overeating.
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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.
Aerobic exercise is helpful for people with arthritis. However you need to be especially careful in choosing the right exercise if you have an arthritic hip. I recommend the Trikke.
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.
"The science is settled" on Man-Made Global Warming, according to Al Gore's famous oxymoron. However there's been no measurable global warming trend since 1998. What gives?
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.
Not all mathematical puzzles are hopelessly complex. Here's a geometry puzzle that can be solved by drawing simple pictures.
Most of us were befuddled by sign conventions in high school algebra. This article explains the reasoning behind the two product/quotient rules.
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?
Many dog lovers are annoyed when their canine friends jump up. Here's a distraction technique for dealing with the problem, without losing your cool.
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.
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.
What are the good points and not-so-good points of which consumers of organized religion should be aware? And how do religious enterprises succeed from a business perspective?