Wed, 01/17/2018 - 9:07pm

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

Telling Turtles Apart

Male or female? Boy or girl?

Depending on the situation, some variation of the question is pretty common. If you are talking with excited parents who are telling everyone they are expecting, it’s common to ask, “Do you know if you are having a boy or a girl?” If you meet someone in your neighborhood with a new dog, unless the dog’s name is Spike, it’s not unusual to ask, “Is your dog a boy or a girl?”

Soil Science

Soil ScienceAt first glance, it would be easy to say compost is compost. Whether the compost is being shoveled from a bag and raked into a garden or dumped by truck and tilled into a farm, the dark, rich soil looks like dark, rich soil. After all, when you walk through the composting company Brooks Contractor, there are mounds of what looks like black dirt everywhere.

Drafting the Peloton

Peloton in CyclingI’m sure you have seen the pictures and videos of cycling races, either in the Olympics or the Tour de France. Packs of riders all clumped together, appearing to pedal almost in unison, winding their way around curves or rushing down straight-aways. I could never quite understand why, if the goal is to be first to cross the finish line, a rider would stay with the pack.

Predicting Storms

One of the reasons I decided to become a reporter was because I liked to ask questions. Not the confrontational, prosecutor style, “Are you guilty of…?” type of questions. Believe me, I’ve asked those types of questions when needed. But I prefer the, “So how does this work?” or “What does this do?” type of question. I’ve always been a curious person.