Tue, 01/16/2018 - 6:17pm

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

Marsh Memories

As I stood in Middle Marsh, felt the warm breeze and watched the seabirds fly above me while the estuary waters swirled around my legs, I felt so at peace.

“This is so beautiful,” I said to Dr. Rodriguez, as he took measurements of the oyster reefs he studies.

“It is awesome,” Dr. Rodriguez agreed. “What’s really amazing, in addition to everything around us now, is how quickly the tide comes in. The water will be up to your waste in a couple hours.”

Prescription for Aging

Okay, the time has come to admit it: I am getting older.

I’ve seen the signs for a while. The date on my driver’s license is a sign. So is the arrival of an AARP card in the mail a few years ago.

But it was my recent visit to the doctor’s office for my annual physical that really clinched it.

My doctor prescribed a medication for me. When I asked how long I would be taking it, he replied with a smile, “Most likely, for the rest of your life. After all, you are getting older!”

At least he smiled when he said it.

Remembering the Undersea World

Everybody experiences what I like to call “Ah-Ha” moments; those events or experiences that change your thinking or perspective regarding the world around you. If we are lucky, and if our minds are open to them, we can all experience many such moments.

Sometimes those moments happen during real-life experiences, such as a vacation or a particularly fascinating class at school. I was fortunate to see, albeit from a long distance, an Apollo moon rocket launch when I was a child. That opened my mind up to outer space.

Bitter Exposure

It’s usually a pretty nasty discovery when you pour a cup of coffee from the office coffee pot after it has been sitting a bit too long. 

You know the feeling. You put the cup of hot coffee to your lips, ready to let the warm liquid do its magic to wake you up and get your moving. But instead, the coffee is so bitter you almost gag. On the plus side, you are awake! Just not the way you were planning to get there.

So what happened?

Blame it on too much exposure. 

Green Doesn’t Always Mean More Water

The return of Pinehurst #2 to its original design, as discussed in Greening the Golf Course, was not only a way to embrace the history of the course. It was also a bold step into the future. That’s because the water-conserving redesign addresses one of the greatest challenges facing the sport: water.

Water is a precious and scarce resource. In the future, golf courses simply can’t use as much water as they do now.

Medicated Nation

There’s a good chance you have memorized the warning listed on the prescription medication label. That’s because you’ve either heard it on television or radio during commercials for prescription medicines, or you have read it on the label on the medicine bottle. The warning reads something like this:

“Take only as directed. Finish all of the medicine in the prescription. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or experience any side effects.”

First In Flight

North Carolina may be taking our “First in Flight” motto, which appears on license plates to commemorate the Wright brothers’ invention of manned flight in Kitty Hawk, to the next level.

That would be the unmanned level of flight, as in drone aircraft.