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I’m a pretty nice guy, so I’ll just come right out and forgive you if you call me “old school” after reading the first few lines of this blog.

For most of my life, when I worked out, I grabbed a cotton t-shirt and shorts and hit the gym. Yes, it was sweaty and the shirt got heavy and even cold. But compared to the polyester t-shirts that seemed to hold the heat in, cotton clothing tends to breathe and lets the sweat evaporate. It wasn’t pretty but it worked. You can call me old school now!

Tidal Power

What won’t work in North Carolina?

Scientists are focusing on three sources of renewable energy from the oceans: wind power, wave power, and harnessing of the energy of the Gulf Stream. All of them have tremendous potential as a source of energy. They also present major challenges. However, there is another ocean energy source that has already been ruled out: tidal power.

The Great Egret Rebound

What the researchers, and the students, in my story about the Great Egret, Where In the World is Mrs. Palma?, are discovering about these unique birds is truly amazing. Just imagine a bird flying at more than 60 miles per hour from Beaufort to New York, without stopping! It would be challenging for a person to do that in a car. I can’t imagine a Great Egret accomplishing the feat, even with a tail wind.

The Miracle Crop

So after talking with the researchers at SoyMeds for the North Carolina Science Now story Just a Spoonful of Soybeans, I started to wonder just what soybeans are used for and why so many people call soybeans “The Miracle Crop.”

But first, a little history.

As far as anyone can tell, the first soybeans were planted by a colonist/farmer near Savannah around 1760. By 1770, Benjamin Franklin records sending soybean seeds to a botanist, John Bartram, to test in his garden in Philadelphia.

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