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Birdhouse Cleaning

Birdhouse Cleaning

A lot of people don’t realize you need to clean your birdhouses on a regular basis. A good time for doing this is fall when you know migratory birds have left and breeding season is over. Of course this varies geographically, so you should probably do some Googling of the species of birds that you have in your yard to be sure that you won’t be disturbing actively-used houses. There are some rare exceptions where you should NOT clean birdhouses……

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Beaver Misconceptions – Beaver Lodges

Beaver Misconceptions – Beaver Lodges

The Chickakoo nature area is a wonderful place for wetland ecology studies. Great place for trail running too! The last time I was out for a run, I noticed that the beaver residents had added significantly to their lodge. That reminded me of a presentation I was in recently, where the presenter said “like beavers living in their dams“… now perhaps they just misspoke, but it wasn’t the first time I heard this error. Beavers don’t live in dams, they…

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New ScienceMan Digital Lesson – Force of Friction

New ScienceMan Digital Lesson – Force of Friction

Hello everyone – long time, no chat! Sorry of the long absence, ScienceMan has been pretty busy. But recently I found a bit of time to create a video about the force of friction. This video has a bit of a twist though, I’ve also got a short product review of Kahtoola Nanospikes. A great product if you want to run safely on slippery winter surfaces. Here’s the video, I hope you like it! Speaking of training, the reason I’m…

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Are Gas Ranges a Potential Carbon Monoxide Danger?

Are Gas Ranges a Potential Carbon Monoxide Danger?

Most of us have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes, but don’t give them a second thought. That was the case for me as well, at least until yesterday. While hacking away at the computer, I was startled by a repeating series of deafening beeps – once my slow brain figured out that it was not the smoke detector, I noticed that display on the CO detector was flashing with a reading of 357 ppm. It turns out the flashing…

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Scientific Explorer Series on the Sun

Scientific Explorer Series on the Sun

A stunning series on the Sun from Scientific Explorer has recently been published – this is an 8-part gem you really need to read. Here are the links to every excellent entry in the series: The Sun Part 1: Evidence of A Violent Star The Sun Part 2: From Gas Cloud To Nuclear Fusion The Sun Part 3: The Sun Is Full Of Plasma The Sun Part 4: Helium Eventually Seals The Sun’s Fate The Sun Part 5: How The Inner Layers…

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