Spaghetti Science

Ever run out of soup noodles and relied on breaking up spaghetti into small 1 to 2 cm pieces? That's what I just did, and I never realized how many 1-2 mm fragments are generated with each and every break. In fact some bits were even smaller than a millimeter. I realized it by fluke... Continue Reading →

Expanding Birnbaum’s Observations

I was just making sure that my escarole ("scarola in Italian") had enough water, early yesterday morning. But an unexpected surprise led me to learn more than a few things. For starters, escarole is more closely related to chicory than to lettuce. Unlike the latter, escarole has toothed leaves and lacks the milky white sap... Continue Reading →

Birdsfoot Trefoil Takes Over

Birdsfoot trefoil is an attractive relative of a familiar group of species of clovers known as Trifolium, which includes red, white, Swedish, Dutch and nearly 300 other species. Like clovers, it is a useful plant. While it grows on roadsides, it helps control erosion. It feeds both wild animals (geese, deer and elk) and domestic... Continue Reading →

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