Cardinals: why they’re red and their ability to act as PFAS sensors

Birds are enviable. Although they can't integrate the Lambert function, they're far more musical than rappers and far more in tune than most of us. They build nests without mortgages and fly despite COVID. In fact they will always fly without having to sit, without hoping for a window seat. We can only dream of... 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 →

Hot Chili Pepper Chemistry

The English word pepper is ambiguous. Botanically it could be refer to plants that produce black powdered pepper. The angiosperms (flowering plants) who serve as a source of that spice belong to the order Piperales and to the 3600-member family Piperaceae. (Kings play chess only for goodness' sake is a mnemonic for remembering the order of... Continue Reading →

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