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Drive My Car
Tweet Do you know how many songs have the word “drive” in the title? Neither do we, but an Internet search turned up at least a hundred. That’s a lot of driving, though admittedly, not all refer to four wheels and an engine. But you get the drift. We are a car culture. Especially in [...]..

An Education in School Preservation
Tweet School’s out for summer, and children won’t give the classroom another thought until they’re back inside the hallowed halls of learning. But that doesn’t mean the school is sitting idle all summer. Just like the crew that tears down and packs up a concert stage or theatre after a performance, there’s a crew that [...]..

Business

Sock It To Me
Tweet Back in the ’60s, socks were quite popular. There were Friday night sock hops, where hip teenagers would kick off their shoes and dance in the gym in their socks. Then there was the catchphrase, “Sock It To Me,&#..
Don’t Hit the Roof!
Tweet It’s not the 1950s, but grease is as common now as it was then. The difference is, back then grease gussied up a guy’s hair so he looked (and was) slick for a night on the town. Today, hair is more natural. But g..

Environment

Emission or Absorption?
Tweet In an intriguing novel called Chemistry, by Weike Wang (who holds a chemistry degree), she writes, “A laser is colorful by emission. It is green because it emits light. It is not like a leaf that is green because it ab..
Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 4: Bioremediation
Tweet Bioremediation — microbes eating oil spills — has taken the energy industry by storm. Oil companies love it because they can pretend oil spills are no longer a threat to the environment, and will just go away with nature..

Pollution

Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 2: Coconut Husk
Tweet Nutritionists have been singing the praises of coconut for years. Touted benefits of coconut oil, for instance, include everything from boosting immunity to balancing hormones, aiding digestion to beautifying skin and hair. ..
Ready to Run Off?
Tweet With spring in the air, you may be getting ready to don your sneakers and start running to get in shape. But before you run off, consider the runoff you might need to attend to first: the overland flow from snow melt and win..

Residential

House Sale Spruce Up
Tweet Thinking about putting your home on the market this spring? If so, you’ll want to put its “best face forward” to attract potential buyers. And that probably means a paint job. In your enthusiasm, however, y..
Puppy Love? Yes, but not the mess!
Tweet Spring is a wonderful time to welcome a new puppy into the family. Dogs are so cuddly and cute at six or eight weeks of age — just like human infants. And, just like human babies, dogs don’t tend to enter life potty ..