Category Archives: Great Ideas

The human construct of time

By the time most of us have learned to read a clock, we have come to understand time as objective.  It might feel like a long time to Christmas or summer vacation, or a long time until we finally get … Continue reading

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Homo sapiens is facing the twin challenges of environmental pollution and militarism.  Each is potentially destructive enough on its own to lead to the extinction of our species.  In addition, they may each escalate the intensity of the other.  As food … Continue reading

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Higgs Bosom

If we haven’t found something we’re looking for, most of us give up in less than forty years. Obviously the Higgs Bosom belongs in a different category altogether.  Some of the best minds in the world spending billions of dollars … Continue reading

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Looking inside Earth from above

Europe has just launched a spaceship called Goce which can monitor tiny fluctuations in Earth’s gravity.  These fluctuations are caused by such things as changes in ocean currents, melting ice caps, underground lava flows, and the presence of underground stores … Continue reading

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Birthdays of heroes

During this last week, we have celebrated the birthdays of two great men – Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Lincoln was President of the United States during the American Civil War, the war in which Americans killed each other by … Continue reading

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Paper houses that don’t blow down

In the story of The Three Little Pigs, only the house that was built with bricks was not blown down by the huffing and puffing of the big bad wolf.  But a house made of paper has just gone on … Continue reading

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