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Great Climate Site

I often like to understand the climate of areas I’m thinking of visiting to get a feel for the best times of year to go. Of all the sites I’ve found so far WeatherSpark has the most informative data displays. At a glance you can tell when it’s rainiest/snowiest, when

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How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?

Ever wanted to know precisely how much sunscreen to use? Well, I don’t know how to help you with that. But I can tell you how to get a reliable reading on how much ultraviolet light is bombarding you. At least if you live in San Carlos, California. Just check

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Under the Gun

Yesterday I was riding I-280, killing time and having fun until I needed to be at Ray Mueller’s meet -and-greet in San Carlos. The traffic was going maybe 10 MPH more than the speed limit but no one was going bizarrely fast. All of a sudden, though, it slowed down

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Latest Thoughts on the Origin of Covid-19

Science magazine, the primary journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, had a really interesting article on the latest work being done on trying to figure out where Covid-19 came from. While occasionally dense it’s worth reading.

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How the Coronavirus Infects

This post is based on a fascinating article from the July 29, 2021 issue of Nature. I like to say I studied molecular biology back in the Dark Ages, aka the 1970s. At the time what I was taught was cutting-edge, representing the beginning of insights into how the laws

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American Republics: A Continental History

I’ve read a lot of great books in my life. But every once in a while I stumble across one which offers an epic experience. Opening up perspectives I didn’t realize I lacked, or offering a powerful theory explaining things that previously were a disorganized jumble of data. Heretofore my

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