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The QuirkyScience articles below do not focus on pitiful human efforts to save the environment. They are about the environment itself, both our local and our global environments. We need to realize we are not separate from our surroundings, but are part of our environment. Let’s take a close look, then, at some of the quirky interactions we have share.
Are Leaves Alive?
Where Does Light Go?
Buttercups Glow at Night
Polymeric Water Clusters
Mysterious St. Elmo’s Fire
Why is Soapstone Slippery?
Devils Dice – What Are They?
Novel Wastewater Treatment
Natural Snow Removal – How?
What Causes Washboard Road?
Transition of Ice to Water to Vapor
Eastern Tent Caterpillar Dissertation
What Is It Good For? The Osage Orange
Clawing: Evidence of a Bear’s Presence?
Why Electric Home Heat is So Expensive
The Four Fundamental Forces of Nature
Comparing Hemoglobin and Chlorophyll
How the Electric Eel Produces Electricity
The Devils Walking Stick – Aralia Spinosa
Which Weighs More – Wet Air or Dry Air?
Ammonia Plus Bleach – Why a Bad Choice
Why Sand Filtration to Treat Wastewater?
The Northern Catalpa in Southern Virginia
Using Buffalo, Cow, or Camel Dung for Fuel
Spring Daffodils – Grim Hurricane Reminders
Puffballs, Earthstars, Jelly, and Bracket Fungi
Discovering Dragon’s Arum in Nelson, Virginia
Honeybee Swarm Caught on Film in Spring 2016
Pilewort the Wildflower – Weed: Practical Value?
Differences Between Spider Silk and Cocoon Silk
What Is It Good For? The Blood Sucking Mosquito
Cedar Apple Rust Gall – A Troublesome Look-Alike
The Truck Jake Brake – Quiet, Helpful Technology?
Important Differences between Lime and Limestone
Tree Burls and Burl Wood: So Ugly They’re Beautiful!
Vinyl Alcohol, Tautomerism, and Earth’s Atmosphere
Why All Helium Has Not Escaped Earth’s Atmosphere
Our Year-Round Indoor Red Wiggler Earthworm Farm
Cement Production Aggravates Carbon Dioxide Levels
Maximize Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Gas Production
Turpentine Pine Tree Resin Products: Why So Valuable?
Lotus Effect: Vibrations and Superhydrophobic Behavior
Initiating a Fission Chain Reaction: What is Critical Mass?
Fireworks Chemistry – Start with a Bang, Add Some Color
Why You Are Allergic to Cats and They Are Allergic to You
Stemonitis Chocolate Brown Slime Mold – A Health Threat
Where Does the Spit on My Plants Come From? Spittlebugs
Why Water Coolant Is Used in Internal Combustion Engines
I Discover a 1935 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Benchmark
Does Pineapple Weed or Wild Chamomile Grow in Your Lawn?
What Is It Good For? Poison Ivy and Other Toxicodendron Species
Dutchman’s Breeches – Miniature Flowering Jewels of Early Spring
Jewelweed and Its Special Ingredient Lawsone – Poison Ivy Begone?
Surprising Insights on Global Warming by Meteorologist Jon Plotkin
Fly Ash for Concrete: Lowers Cost, Rids Waste, Aids the Environment
Black Knot Tree Fungus on Fruit Trees – Development and Health Issues