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'O Wind A-Blowing!'

We're closing in on March, when wind, "blowing in like a lion," takes its big annual bow. Wind is invisible, of course, except for what it moves, touches. "I saw you toss the kites on high," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson<b>. ...</b><p>... And blow the birds about the sky;<p>And all around I heard you pass,<p>Like …

Zodiacal light glowing pyramid after dark

Moonless evenings in February, March and April present the best time of year to see zodiacal light in the Northern Hemisphere evening sky. Meanwhile, …

Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy

What Lord Byron learned when he waded into the fight for Greece’s independence—and why it still matters.<p>The West has never been shy of producing …

How the last members of a species were stuffed, archived, and forgotten

When an entire species dies out there is, inevitably, mathematically, a last one. Over at the <i>Krulwich Wonders</i> blog on NPR, the host of <i>Radio Lab,</i> Robert Krulwich, examines three stories of the final, solitary living example of an extinct species. The very last auk, passenger pigeon, and Tasmanian …

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar

A British professor's 1972 book about the dangers of sugar is now seen as prophetic. So why did it lead to the end of his career?<p>A couple of years ago, an out-of-print book published in 1972 by a long-dead British professor suddenly became a collector's item. Copies that had been lying dusty on …

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