Floris56

Floris56
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I am a retired science librarian and data archivist. I usually write science articles or fiction.
I can also be found on: http://expertscolumn.com/




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Having been in the army does not always make one feel like a veteran. The sentiments evoked by the word veteran do not seem to apply when all one did was serve in a peace time army.
The 2013-2014 NCAA Hockey season will see a new conference in the Midwest and the demise of an existing one. Also the Big Ten enters college hockey as a conference, which set the stage for most of the other realignments.
Porcupines are solitary creatures whose defense system is one of the best in the animal kingdom. But is is not without its drawbacks. This article discusses that system in detail and illuminates many other interesting facts about porcupines.
Sam requested to be removed from his ventilator and given only palliative care. What he got was euthanasia. Euthanasia is illegal in this state and many others. His death strongly resembled a prisoner execution. He was given no chance to breathe on his own. Our society condones a...
Two facts stand out about my experience with open heart quadruple bypass surgery: It is incredibly invasive and painful; and those who care for you are overworked by institutional design
The Super Bowl statistics such as the biggest losers, biggest winners, highest point spread, highest points per game, most wins, most appearances, are fun to play around with and can suggest great trivia questions. By using some great statistical tables from which interesting facts c...
Turkey vultures specialize in eating carrion, often older carrion. As relatives of the Ibis and storks they are not equipt to tear a carcass apart with its talons and beak. So it must wait until the carcass soften by way of decay. They possess many more interesting characteristics.
Whether mythological or real the Christmas star is a good place to start to learn more about what is known about stars. While theories about the Christmas star abound and most seem quite spurious, the science behind the origins of stars, as explained here, is reasonably solid.
Raccoons, known for intelligence, adaptability and sociability, have evolved from tropical tree dwellers to general utility animals that take advantage of every kind of environment and every possible kind of food source, so that by now they can survive in near Arctic conditions of the...
Thanks to their adaptability House mice are found in every continent except Antarctica. They survive also by exponential reproduction rates. Their relationship with man is convenient (for them), but not essential. This article describes the major characteristics of the House Mouse ...
Mitt Romney was born a businessman. His father excelled as a businessman and a politician. He was, however, and very different businessman. He never finished college and had very little training, but he was a friend of many labor leaders and was well known for getting differing int...
When two mentally ill patients at a Georgia treatment facility were allowed to leave the facility and live on their own, the ensuing legal challenge to their freedom was lost by the state of Georgia. From that time on Medicaid funds could be used to help people with disabilities and ...
A young man and an old man. The first insatiably curious about what the old man knew. The latter with memories he would as soon not have. The young man learns that history is more than documented facts, events and figures. He meets the raw side of history that bespeaks of human dra...
Doubtless you have heard that the world will end on 12.21/2012, according to the Mayan calender. The reason usually given is that the magnetic field around the \Earth is way overdue to reverse itself. So the North pole will be the South pole. This article tells how that happens and...
Some men are different from the rest of us. You meet them only once or twice in your life, if you are lucky. I met one such man not knowing anything about him. Years after I knew him I remembered his name almost by inspiration and sought information about him. What I learned was surpr...
Some men are different from the rest of us. You meet them only once or twice in your life, if you are lucky. I met one such man not knowing anything about him. Years after I knew him I remembered his name almost by inspiration and sought information about him. What I learned was surpr...
The Canadian Shield is an example of a geological shield that is form below the Earth's crust and pushed to the surface as molten rock. This article describes the history of the Canadian Shield and the material contain therein.
Earthworms are generally regarded as very beneficial to the environment for their role in enriching the soil, but there are some cases in which the earthworm population can bloom out of control and damage the forest floor. This article discusses various interesting features of earthw...
A compilation of short poems by Amos The Cat, written over the course of forty years, two wives, two children and a career.
We have all enjoyed a lake at some time or another, but how much to we really know about the life of the lake itself? This article takes us through the remarkable process of lake ecology and discusses what makes for a healthy lake.
Burning wood for heat in winter can be a necessity or an energy saver. It can be done safely if the necessary precautions are taken. Knowing the right kind of wood to use and a little about the science behind combustion are part of these precautions.
people with disabilities have quite enough to do worry about without having to worry about the attitudes of able-bodied people toward disabilities. Yet that attitude often poses more problems for people with disabilities than do their own disabilities. This article explores w...
Research continues to point toward ancient amazonian Indians as the creators of many plots of very fertile black soil, in the midst of very poor, leached and eroded native soil. Charcoal is the main additive to the soil , along with shards from hundreds of clay pots. Further researc...
To get a date with the ice cream girl a soldier has to get past Daddy
A short story about the death of a boy's dog and the lessons learned about life, death and immortality.
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