The Impact of Two Latin Words for Celery

When I was in elementary school, my Mom would drag me to to church on most Sunday mornings for the 8 o'clock mass. Invariably, I would try to listen to what the priest said for the first five minutes. But he spoke Italian too quickly, and it was different enough from the dialect that we... Continue Reading →

How to Maintain a Lawn Without Herbicides or Synthetic Fertilizer, Version 2

Although I can appreciate the benefits of grass around the home, I am not a big fan of big lawns. They demand lots of energy and water, and in return, our family, which consists entirely of humans, cannot eat grass. For this reason, we have devoted most of our backyard to a vegetable garden, shrubs,... Continue Reading →

Green Grass Without Synthetics

There are benefits to having grass in parks and residential properties. When taken care of, grass becomes a natural carpet on which one can easily rest, play or walk. But to keep Poa pratensis green and thus in a juvenile state requires an investment of energy, an amount that is exaggerated by our questionable habits.... Continue Reading →

Deserving Fame: the Trembling Aspen

People who grow plum trees in their backyards or farms realize that these plants not only reproduce sexually by means of their fragrant flowers, but they can also establish a ramet. A ramet is a colony of clones produced by roots that surface from the ground and which then develop into full trees. Barring mutations, the... Continue Reading →

Marcel Laurin Woodland Park

The Marcel Laurin Woodland Park is all too easy to under-appreciate. Drive or cycle by it too quickly, and it could easily go unnoticed because of its size--it's not one of Montreal's largest regional wooded areas. But once inside the woods, one realises that it is a special part of Montreal's parks and protected woodlands, which combine to hold... Continue Reading →

Where is the Derivation, Dude?

All over the internet and even in underpasses, as photographed above, we are seeing more of science's and mathematics' iconic formulas advertised as never before.  On the surface they seem comforting to aficionados, but are they really making the public more likely to delve into the fields? Anyone can use a hammer, so to a... Continue Reading →

What Flowers Do With Light

What does a flower do with light? In a nutshell, some of the light that reaches a flower's petals is absorbed; some is transmitted through its anatomy and the rest is reflected towards the sky and towards the eyes of pollinators and admirers. But from such a summary, a number of questions can germinate. How does light get absorbed... Continue Reading →

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