Catch the Show!

meteorInterested in a star-studded late-night extravaganza? Catch the Leonid Meteor Shower, November 13-21. Meteors will peak on the 17th with the best viewing for our area being between 2:30 am and 4:30 am. According to Astronomy Senior Editor Richard Talcott, “If the weather cooperates, viewing conditions should be nearly ideal. Observers normally can see 20 to 30 meteors per hour at the peak, but rates could spike considerably this year.”

Web site of the Week: Learn Genetics

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/

This site helps to “provide accurate and unbiased information about topics in genetics, bioscience and health.”  Topics include stem cells, addiction, DNA, and more.  This site also contains interactive tools and tutorials.  My favorite is called “Cell Size and Scale” which visually compares objects to show how tiny cells really are.  

Go Green in the Hereafter

If you want to be as eco-friendly as possible and you want to plan ahead, consider a green burial optionGrave-3. Some cemeteries now offer green options and do not use embalmment, entomb- ment or non-biodegradable materials. Consider a minimal casket or cloth shroud. Or cremated remains can be mixed with ashes and formed into a “honeycombed igloo” which becomes a sea-creature habitat when sunk onto an established reef. As Billy Campbell, MD of  Ramsey Creek natural cemetary says, “We work to reincorporate the dead into the trees and flowers, catching them up in the cycles of life and death, decomposition and rebirth, that sustain us all.”

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