Scrabble 2015 – Nine Word Lists

Scrabble 2015 Word Lists are the subject of today’s blog. These nine lists are the latest version of the words that keep revealing themselves in the Fifth Edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. I thank the interested readers who … Continue reading

Avoid Traffic Tickets: Old Tricks, New Magic

It’s easy to avoid traffic tickets. It’s more difficult to avoid traffic tickets while also getting where you’re going efficiently and quickly. The tips below – some old, some new – can help you avoid traffic tickets in a variety … Continue reading

Laser Bug Zapper, Plus Low-Tech Repellants

Science Fact: A laser bug zapper sounds like the perfect accessory for your new barbecue. Yes, that one, the one that’s as big as your neighbor’s car. Imagine a perfect outdoor summer party, suffering no more disturbance than the zit-zit-zit of … Continue reading

California Champagne: A Day in Sonoma Wine Country

California champagne country is today’s topic, specifically the Sonoma Valley, one of the principal wine-producing areas. And yes, I call it champagne on purpose, for reasons discussed before. The previous two blogs covered Bubble Science and Champagne Tasting Rooms. Differently stated, … Continue reading

Bubble Science: My Champagne Fizzes More Than Yours

Science Fact Bubble science is not a field as such, but a shorthand way to say, I will discuss the bubbles in sparkling wines from a science perspective. This will not be a PhD course in second fermentation, riddling and … Continue reading

Slow Food, Nimble Body, Long Life – Eating Slowly Controls Weight!

Science Fact: Slow food – it’s the cure for that logy holiday feeling, and for the fear of getting on the scale! Research consistently shows that eating more slowly helps you feel full with less food. That translates to a … Continue reading

An Acronym Can Save Your Life

Science Fact: An acronym can save your life! A medical emergency is no business for amateurs. There’s a reason that medical professionals need immense amounts of training to know just what to do: – Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) take 120 … Continue reading

“Tells” in the Poker Game of Life

Science Fact: “ Tells ” are the unconscious tics that give away your deepest secrets – not just in a game of poker, but in everyday life. Do you think you can keep a secret? Not from a careful observer! … Continue reading

Alzheimer Disease – Early Diagnosis & Prevention

Science Fact: Alzheimer Disease, also known as Alzheimer’s Disease, is the scariest of all diseases for many people. It’s an mystery disease that robs you of your “self” and has no known cure. Importance of Alzheimer Disease Alzheimer’s ranks behind … Continue reading

The Obesity Paradox: Heavy & Healthy

Science Fact: Obesity is a paradox, a puzzle that has the medical community tangled in argument. Here’s the dilemma. Obesity raises your likelihood of contracting many serious diseases. However, once you have those diseases, obesity improves your chance of survival. … Continue reading

Barbecue Sí, Cancer No (¡ !) – Safe Grilling

Science Fact: Barbecue doesn’t make an appearance in this great ‘60s song, but perhaps it ought to: Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer Those days of soda and pretzels and beer After all, meat and veggies sizzling … Continue reading

Scientific Truth and Other Falsehoods

Science Fact: Scientific truth matters. It’s not just galaxies and atoms. It’s your doctor with the results of a cancer biopsy. It’s your tax advisor telling you not to claim that deduction. It’s your investment advisor telling you whether you … Continue reading

A Weed in the Garden of Life

Science Fact: A weed in the garden of life. So we might describe an obstacle, a pothole in our personal progress. A previous post talked about “physical activities that require concentration” as a promising way to get great ideas. The … Continue reading

Coffee, Booze & Other Health Food

Science Fact: Healthy food is in the news this month, and it’s not tofu and quinoa. Articles based on scientific studies give a boost to the health-giving properties of two popular beverages: coffee and alcohol. And there’s new evidence about … Continue reading

Diabetes – 2 Great Articles by “Doc Gumshoe”

Science Fact: Diabetes is a disease that everyone should understand and at least be wary of, if not fear. Excellent information abounds from the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and the National Institutes of Health. Nevertheless, it’s a complex disease and its data … Continue reading