Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:12pm

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

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.

At Home in a Lab

Seventy-four-years-old and retired? No way.

I’ve interviewed a lot of important people in 30 years of television news. Yep, I look at the number as I’m typing and double check to make sure it’s not a typo. It isn’t.

The list includes former Presidents, Governors, astronauts and athletes. But in all those interviews, I’ve never talked with someone who had a building named in their honor. 

Until now.

Snake Bite 411

To be honest, I’m not even sure what the title of the movie was. It was one of those westerns that fills the time on cable channels where you happen to stumble upon it when the football game you were watching is a blow-out and channel surfing seems a decent option.

After not too many clicks, I found the cowboy. He was cautiously creeping through the desert and sage brush, six-gun in hand, eyes and jaw clenched, watching out for trouble. However he didn’t see the snake, coiled to strike, just a foot or so from his leg.

Oh My Aching Knees!

A few years ago, my wife and I decided to think totally “out-of-the-box” in terms of physical fitness. We decided to run a half marathon. We joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. It provided a schedule for training, a training program that helped you with all aspects of running as well as trainers to help you prepare for the race. It also gave both of us a way to raise money and help a good cause.

Take the time to look up

I grew up in the suburbs. There were scattered streetlights around the neighborhood. When I was in elementary school, a shopping center was built nearby. Needless to say, it was dark at night, but not all that dark. I could see a few stars when I took my dog, Angus, for a walk at night, but those stars needed to be really bright.

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