Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:48am

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

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.

For The Love of Swimming

It might be more timely to air a story about a new test to check for contaminated beach water in the spring. After all, that’s when North Carolinians are starting to think about warmer weather and visiting the state’s incredible coastline.

But we wanted to air it now because, tragically, deadly ocean water has been in the news, most recently in Florida.

So What Happened to the Confederate Dead?

In the modern media’s coverage of wars, the word “casualty” usually refers to a person who has been killed. Not so during the Civil War. Take the Battle of Gettysburg, in which historians estimate there were about 28,000 Confederate casualties. In the reporting of the time, that meant soldiers killed, wounded and captured. Essentially, a “casualty” back then meant a soldier who was not able to return to the field of battle.