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Predicting the Weather

I think my knee can predict the weather!

A few years ago, I tore my ACL. Not in some dramatic way, such as skiing down a slope in a whoosh of snow or leaping high over defenders to make a dramatic slam before crashing to the basketball court.

No, I was just hiking at the Delicate Arch in Utah and felt a pop as I was stepping down from a higher trail to a lower trail. Not dramatic, but every bit as painful. My orthopedic doctor tells me most of his patients tear their ACLs in pretty routine ways and not necessarily playing sports. That helped, a little.

The Virtual Battle of the Atlantic

You can’t find a more picturesque drive than Highway 12, the road that runs the length of the Outer Banks. Crowded during the summer tourist season, occasionally washed out by hurricanes and Nor’easters, the roadway tells the story of the region’s maritime heritage. From historic towns and lighthouses, to shipwrecks and the birthplace of aviation, Highway 12 has a rich history.

You can stop at highway markers along the way, but now technology has a new way to experience the drive.

I Miss Brontosaurus...

There are times some folks might think I grew up in the age of the dinosaurs, although a check of my driver's license and other official paperwork continues to prove I am not quite that old.

Nevertheless, I am here to say I miss Brontosaurus.

Actually, I called him Bronto. He was a green sauropod dinosaur with a long neck and tail. I played with him when I was little and will tell anyone who will listen that Bronto was very cool.

But then science came along. 

Antarctica Matters to North Carolina

Why does Antarctica matter to North Carolina?

When it comes to a story about scientific research in Antarctica, the question “WHY?” becomes really important. Why should we concern ourselves with what is happening in Antarctica?

After all, Antarctica is at the bottom of the world. It’s forgotten. It’s far, far away from most of the world’s population. It’s dark for almost half of the year. As far as we can tell, there aren’t many natural resources there. And let’s face it, it is really, really cold! So again, why worry about it?

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