This man is our era's Thomas Edison

by Andrea Shea King -- [caption id="attachment_2690045" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dean Kamen[/caption] Every now and then, we run across someone whose talents are exceptional; and as we marvel at their contribution to mankind, we're more…

How private property saved the Pilgrims

by Andrea Shea King -- It's Thanksgiving! That means Congress is out and therefore can do no harm. Supermarkets have added extra cashiers to check out turkeys and fixins, kiddies are making Indian more…

A thank you to our veterans

by Andrea Shea King -- Veterans Day comes on November 11th each year. This week's Surfin' Safari column is dedicated to those who serve and to the Blue Star families who keep the more…

Surprise! Space is really really big

by Andrea Shea King -- [caption id="attachment_2595005" align="aligncenter" width="601"] Solar system – obviously NOT to scale[/caption] Solar system to scale If you were to build a scale replica of our solar system, you'd more…

Spooky tidings: Not your average Halloween

by Andrea Shea King -- [caption id="attachment_2572395" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Witches" walk the streets of Salem, Massachusetts, the official "Witch City,"during month-long October festivities known as "Haunted Happenings"[/caption] With Halloween just around the corner, more…

Never-before-seen photos of the moon

by Andrea Shea King -- [caption id="attachment_2547715" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "I Can't See My House From Here" Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, the only Apollo astronaut who was also a professional scientist, stands next more…

House of horror: How fire ants survive floods

by Andrea Shea King -- [caption id="attachment_2524285" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo credit: David Hu & Nathan J. Mlot[/caption] A raft of fire ants The recent storm that flooded parts of South Carolina has revealed more…

Homonyms: A reel waist of thyme

by Andrea Shea King -- Hey, smarty pants! It is reported that 90% of those who try, mispronounce the words in this poem. Can you do better? This will get you started: Dearest more…

What a father's voice does to a newborn baby

by Andrea Shea King -- During his visit to the United States last week, Pope Francis said much about children. When he spoke in Philadelphia at the World Meeting Families, he said, "Children, more…