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Callanish stones - Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Was this a figure of a human being? At least 4,000 years old.
May be 5,000 years old. Going in Ancient History and Archaeology











"Feed me! Feed me!" Love the complicated and intricate nest construction!
The parents are programmed to do it exactly like that - strong outer layer,
soft inner "cup". Expertly woven. Ancient humans probably got the idea for
willow fencing and wattle construction by examining bird nests.
Perhaps ideas about weaving, also.

This is going in Animals. Maybe we need a Birds section.




Going in Astronomy



A Wolf Spider crawing over the South Dakota plains with her egg case.
After some research. we think it's a Trochosa species, maybe
Trochosa terricola. It might be a Hogna species? Thanks to
Spider ID for the info. Photo credit = Kate Swallow Photography

Going in Animals We may be splitting off an Arthopods section,
maybe even one on plants, microbes... It's all down to time.



Pioneering anesthesiologist Dr. Virginia Apgar invented a simple yet
revolutionary tool that has helped save the lives of countless infants
around the world by helping doctors quickly assess the health of newborns
to determine if they need medical intervention. To read the inspiring story
of the Apgar Score inventor -- who once declared "Nobody, but nobody, is
going to stop breathing on me"

Virginia Apgar's story is told in several inspiring books for kids, including
"She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World" for ages
5 to 9, "Girls Think of Everything" for ages 8 and up,
and "Rad American Women A-Z" for ages 10 and up

For teens and adults, she's also featured in the books "Bold Women of Medicine"
and "Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – And The World"



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A Malawian Teen Taught Himself How To Build A Windmill From Junk,
Brought Power To His Village, ALL Learned From Library Books!



The peregrine falcon is the fastest diving bird in the world and the fastest animal
on the planet. According to Guinness World Records, in 2005 one was recorded diving
at speeds of more than 380 km/h.
Photo: Tom Kaestner Photography
Facebook: Tom Kaestner Photography
Going in Animals



Temple Grandin Named to National Women's Hall of Fame

Click the pic to watch her TED lecture!
Going in Women's History



Going in Animals



Opossums are Our Best Defense Against Lyme Disease, Killing 5000 Ticks Per Week Each


Read up on it! Opossums attract more ticks than any other small mammal, and eat 95%
of them! Going in Animals and Health



The True Size of is a site that allows you to compare sites from all over the world to
each other using the Mercator projection. The Mercator projection allows the world to
be mapped to a cylinder to have a much more accurate reading of the true size of countries.
You’ll be surprised how big, or small, some countries are when compared to others.
credit = The Chive

Going in Geography






How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson from Popular Mechanics
This is a very well written article about various well-paying trades,
such as: welding, masonry, electrician, plumbing, carpentry, and
auto mechanics/diesel mechanics. For each trade, there's a no-nonsense description,
and sections on Getting Started (including licensing and certifications),
Things Welders/Masons/Carpenters/Plumbers/Mechanics/Electricians Love
(example: Things Plumbers Love: Smooth and level floors, plumb walls, fixtures
that come out of the box without parts missing.);
Amazing Tool You’ll Get to Use: Milwaukee Super Hawg ½-inch right-angle drill,
Ridgid 1224 threading machine, A 4'-long mahogany Sands top-reading mason’s level,
A 12-amp pipe beveler, A Swanson Speed Square, A video inspection scope that helps
you inspect inside door cavities, under manifolds, behind and under a pump assembly.
Links to Great Resouces, mostly free.
Where the Military Can Take You—And Where It Can't
How To Find the Right School and
Consult the College Scorecard: The Department of Education’s College Scorecard may
be the best, simplest, and most up-to-date online resource out there.
Going in Life Skills , Teachers and Parents, and Technology

“The trades are not merely an alternative to college. A trade is equal to college.
The trades are one of the most noble career choices that any individual can make.
It’s a career choice, not just a job.”
- Greg Sizemore

“Pay attention while you’re in public school to the education that’s right in front of you.
It’s free. It’s a gift. When you go on from there to pursue a trade, remember that
whatever you put into it is what you get out of it.”
- Dan Maurer, journeyman pipefitter



Four-legged Whale With Hooves Fossil Discovered

"Fossil find: Whale with legs could stand on land and swim in water
An ancient four-legged whale with hooves has been discovered, providing
new insights into how the ancestors of the Earth’s largest mammals made
the transition from land to sea." Whales evolved in South Asia (Pakistan)
around 50 million years ago. "Now, researchers reporting the discovery of
an ancient four-legged whale - found in 42.6-million-year-old marine
sediments along the coast of Peru!"
Going in Dinos and Paleo


Comparing the invasive Snakehead to the native Bowfin.
Snakeheads come from East Asia.
Latin name = Channa argus
Snakeheads are spreading over eastern North America.
They are tough and fight hard when hooked.
They are good to eat and there is a market for them.
They spawn (lay eggs) several times a year.

Bowfins are Native to eastern North America. They don't taste good.
They are not teleosts, but are the last survivors of another, very
old group of fishes. The Bowfin is more primitive than most other fishes.
Its fins have hips, similar to the first fish that crawled on to land.
They are tough and fight hard when hooked. The males have a tail spot.
They spawn once a year, thousands of eggs. The father watches over
the nest and herds the fry around like a sheepdog until they are 2 - 3
months old. Bowheads have been around since the Triassic Period.
They are not bad for the environment, they are a natural part of it.
Latin name = Amia calva
(PS Bowfins and Snakeheads do not do well in an aquarium with
other fish. They eat them.)
Going in Animals and Biomes



I'm a Pterodactyl - Dinosaur Songs from Dinostory by Howdytoons.
Nice cartoon video all about pterodons and how they are not dinosaurs.
One of several. Going in Dinos and Paleo


How Far Are The Nearest Stars? A looong way, as this 10:20 video shows!

He makes a 200 billionth scale model to demonstrate. A pea-size sun is used.
Starting at one end of a football field. He plots out the solar system.

Pluto is 97 feet, or 29.6 meters, from the goal post. Voyager II is 317 feet,
96.6 meters from the goal post. The closest star is in another state,
125 Miles/202 kilometers away. Traveling the length of our solar system every
2 seconds for over three hours!
(Origin was the Grantsville HS football field in Grantsville, Utah.
The end - Proxima Centauri - was by Downata Hot Springs, Idaho.)

Going in Astronomy




Do not confuse "popular" with "poplar" which is a family of trees. We don't care
if some authors and other writers are spelling "popular" as "poplar"; poplars are trees!
Our suggestion: they should get a better spell checker.

"Genus Populus
Populus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants in the family Salicaceae,
native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. English names variously applied to different
species include poplar, aspen, and cottonwood."

English translation: Poplars have flowers, they drop their leaves in the fall, and bud out new leaves
the next spring; they are related to willows. Poplars live world-wide north of the equator.
Big Cottonwood trees along stream beds in the Midwest and West of Canada and the US are
a giant poplar. Other large poplars live in what is left of the forests of Eastern North
America. The aspen trees of the Rocky Mountains are poplars. If you see a grove of aspen all
crowded together, you are seeing a clone! It's one giant plant colony with lots of trees
sharing one root system! They are all one plant.
Something all poplars have in common are those trembling leaves everyone loves. There are
beautiful videos of whole mountainsides covered with yellow-golden aspen, all trembling in the wind.
Another thing they have in common is soft wood.

"Poplar" boards are from Tulip Poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) which are no relation.
If you want hard wood, get a Maple (Genus Acer), or an Oak (Genus Quercus).





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