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Mechanical Heart

In 1982, a 61-year-old dentist, Barney Clark, became the first human to receive a permanently implanted artificial heart. It was known as the Jarvik-7 after its inventor, Dr. Robert Jarvik. Barney Clark lived 112 days after the operation. William Schroeder … Continue reading

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Visit to La Crosse

Continuing our journey from the Scheckel farm near Seneca to La Crosse, a trip we took twice a year when I was a boy, in the early 1950s. We were not allowed to walk alone because it was crowded with … Continue reading

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Animals Sense Storms

Yes, some animals are very keen in sensing a forthcoming storm or other natural phenomena such as an earthquake, tidal wave, and tsunami. There is evidence that some animals do make better use of their existing five senses compared to … Continue reading

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  Going to La Crosse

Continuing our journey from the Scheckel farm near Seneca to La Crosse, a trip we took twice a year when I was a boy, in the early 1950s. An artesian well was located near De Soto. It was clearly marked … Continue reading

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Journey to LaCrosse-BlackHawk War

Continuing our journey from the Scheckel farm near Seneca to La Crosse, a trip we took twice a year when I was a boy, in the early 1950s. A few miles north of De Soto was Battle Hollow and the … Continue reading

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How do animals protect themselves from danger?

Animals have developed numerous remarkable defenses to keep from being devoured by their enemies. Grazing animals will feed in herds. The deer, buffalo, and zebra fall in this category. They will scatter when attacked, confusing their pursuers. Some change their … Continue reading

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How many women won the Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology/Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science are awarded annually in Stockholm by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. The more famous Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually in Oslo, Norway on December 10, the anniversary … Continue reading

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Journey from Scheckel farm to La Crosse in 1950

Continuing our journey from the Scheckel farm near Seneca to La Crosse, a trip we took twice a year when I was a boy, in the early 1950s. There was a small plot of land near intersection of Highways 82 … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson Inventions

The third president of the United States was a busy and creative genius. Jefferson was an esteemed politician, statesman, farmer, writer, educator, and architect. He loved making things. “Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them … Continue reading

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Going to La Crosse

Several times a year our family would go to La Crosse. That was a big adventure for me when I was a little kid. We would pile into the car, head out past the Oak Grove Ridge school, and drop … Continue reading

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