Writing A Science Column

We have a new book, I’ve Always Wondered About That, published by Tumblehome Learning, coming out this Fall.

It is a Question and Answer format. Some of the questions are; Why is there a big E at the top of the eye chart? Why are some dogs afraid of thunderstorms? Do horses sleep standing up? If a person eats one pound of food, do they gain a pound of weight? Why don’t microwaves leak out through the holes in the microwave door? Who was the greatest scientist of all time? Why is the sky blue? If you hit a golf ball on the moon, how far will it go? How do airbags activate? What is an atomic clock? Is time travel possible? Do divining rods or dowsing rods actually find water or underground pipes? What happens when you split an atom? Why does hot water freeze faster that cold water? If you are in a falling elevator, can you save yourself by jumping up just before it hits ground level? Why is Chicago known as the Windy City?

It requires considerable time and yes, some effort, to write a science column. No one has expertise in every conceivable subject area. My background is in the physical sciences of chemistry and physics. When I receive questions from kids and adults about the biological sciences, about living things and the human body, I have to look stuff up. I run medical questions past several doctors before submitting to the newspapers.

I check things with a nutritionist, a dentist, an engineer, and a university professor. Several questions verging on religion and theology have been reviewed by a “man of the cloth.”

At the present time I am working on these questions: How come I can see lightning a long time before I hear the thunder? Why does Earth have air, or an atmosphere, but other planets don’t? What are the health benefits of eating alkaline foods and their effects on cancer and diseased cells? Why do giraffes have long necks? Why doesn’t the Earth have more craters, like the Moon? Can a hole be drilled all the way through the Earth?

If you have a question of any kind, email me at lscheckel@charter.net.





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