Mirror Shines Sun On Norwegian Town

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Rjukan is a small town in Norway. It has 3,386 year round residents. Sam Eyde, the founder of Hydro (Norsk Hydro) company, a fertilizer company, founded the town. The town site was chosen because of the 341 foot waterfall provided a source of electricity. The town is located in an area with great skiing, hiking and ice climbing. The waterfall…

Ivanhoe’s Black Balls

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The Ivanhoe reservoir in In Los Angeles is actually a part of the Silver Lake reservoirs.  The Ivanhoe reservoir is separated from Silver Lake by a spillway. The lower lake was named after the 1906 Water Board Commissioner at the time, Herman Silver, and the upper boy was named after the Sir Walter Scott Novel, Ivan hoe.  Both of the…

The California Academy of Sciences

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The California Academy of Sciences is not only among the world’s  largest  natural history museum, it is a pretty awesome place to visit.  The Academy has a long and varied history that includes helping out during World War 11 (they repaired and fixed the US Navy’ optics). It houses a rainforest dome, Steinhart Aquarium, Africa hall, Planetarium. There is Foulcault…

News You May Have Missed

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School Closed Three Times Due to Spiders Montgomery Elementary School in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania has closed not once, not twice but three times due to venomous spiders being found.  The spider, a Brown Recluse, was found on Tuesday and the Tuscarora School District decided to close the school after meeting with their pest control people  Last year , the spiders were found in…

News You May Have Missed 5/18- 5/22

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LOST WWI PURPLE HEART FOUND Daniel W. Quinlan  was one of 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals  ever issued. He enlisted when he was just 20 and served in the medical corps (actually the sanitary corp which was the precursor to the medical corps), injured in a poison gas attack and then braved heavy fire…

Baby Animals In The Womb

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Do you remember the image of the elephant fetus in the womb pictured above? I  do.  I love baby animals and I though it was pretty cool. The picture comes from a documentary by National Geographic called ‘Extraordinary Animals in the Womb’ from 2006. I am unable to find the original footage but you can certainly watch other footage of “In the Womb” at http://natgeotv.com/uk/in-the-womb-animals/videos/animals I really remember…