ICBMs grow on trees

US ICBM

US ICBM

My next door neighbor is harboring a palm tree that I’m almost sure is growing an ICBM.  At first I mistakenly identified the palm tree as a Christmas palm but now I can say with a confidence of + or – 15% that the palm is a Queen,  Syagrus romanzoffiana. Continue reading

Magic Soil unearthed

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Warning:  science talk ahead

I’ll  make this part quick.  Here’s the schpeel on the soil that is neither dirt nor crystals.  Actually, it’s a polymer—  a sodium  salt of polyacrylic acid.   Polymers are  very large molecules.  Recognize the acrylic part of that poly?  We’re talking acrylic nails, nail polish, paint .  Yes, and sofas and sinks. Continue reading