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The Country Side of Life

When you move from the city into the country, a considerable number of municipally peripheral things suddenly come into your life in a big way, such as the moon and the stars. Read More »

Book Review: Astronomy Hacks

O’Reilly stretches the envelope once more with Astronomy Hacks, part of their popular series of Hacks books, this time looking at tips and tools for observing celestial objects. The book is written in an engaging manner, and in a form comprehensible to both the novice and the seasoned amateur astronomer. The book begins with a section on some basic Getting ... Read More »

The Hole Truth: A Field Guide to Desert Holes by Pinau Merlin

Guide to spotting living quarters, larders and shady retreats of desert animals in the daytime, when we walk in the desert... Read More »

Collapse by Jared Diamond

In "Collapse", Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations. Read More »

Critical Focus: Astro Photography / Celestial Wonders

The computer has added the heavens to our world. Talented amateurs and great sites like APOD bring us wonders. Read More »

Deep Survival–by Laurence Gonzales

...it continually hammers you into a reverie and forces you to stare off into the distance and ponder something that the author has so perfectly highlighted. Read More »

Shute: Trustee from the Toolroom—Simply Wonderful

A simple, wonderful story of a modest man who sets off alone to recover his ward's fortune. Read More »

“All-natural deodorizer also kills germs”… No, for real this time

I cannot believe this. The Japanese–perhaps in their tiny country, this is a case of necessity being the mother of invention–have invented a totally organic compound that literally deactivates deadly microorganisms in garbage dumps–and eliminates the worst of the smell. Think about that for a minute. Flies no longer hang around garbage dumps treated with this mixture–called Effective Microorganisms, or ... Read More »

Rats : Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants – Robert Sullivan

“And the muttering grew to a grumbling; And the grumbling grew to a mighty rumbling; And out of the houses the rats came tumbling.” – Robert Browning I used to take a short-cut through a back alley near my home, cutting two minutes off of my morning commute to the local subway station. Generally the laneway was empty of foot ... Read More »

Fly Fisherman Angers Readers

Ralph Cutter's article on the President's environmental record draws angry replies from right of center. Read More »