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How does a corn seed know which way to grow? 

  A plant response that involves a specific movement  is  called tropism from the Greek word  “to turn”. And any factor that brings forth such a response is called a stimulus. Tests done way back in 1806 confirmed that gravity … Continue reading

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Softball at the one-room country school

The Kozelkas had a big brown lab dog that answered to Curly. In his prime, Curly walked to and from school each day. Curly hung out around the school building, and earned his keep by retrieving our softballs that were … Continue reading

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Who invented the computer?

Computers developed from mechanical calculating machines. One of the earliest mechanical machines, still used today, is the abacus, a wooden frame with parallel rods on which beads are strung. In 1642, Blaise Pascal, while still a teenager, invented a simple … Continue reading

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Fanning Oats part 2

Those gunny sacks full of oats were heavy. Gunny sacks are burlap bags woven from jute, hemp, or sisal fiber. Later in life, I encountered the same material in handbags. But for a kid on the farm, gunny sacks were … Continue reading

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Color Blindness

Total color blindness is extremely rare. The most common type of color blindness is the inability to distinguish between red and green. Light enters the eye through the cornea, lens, eye fluid, and hits the retina, a meshwork of tightly … Continue reading

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Fanning Oats

“And other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4.8 Oats was the first crop planted in the springtime. The Scheckel family had to “fan … Continue reading

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Bone Stimulation

Bone is one of the tissues in the body that has the ability to mend itself when injured in much the same way as skin and other tissue. Fractured bones go through a natural healing process that includes the growth … Continue reading

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