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EL NINO IS NOT A FRIEND TO EVERYONE

In a hot, dusty, field in Guyana, workers  desperately dig to clear water ditches, so that what precious little water there is gets where it is needed. This year’s El Nino  is not only disappointing Southern Californians,  where I live, but it is causing real damage to South Americans. A few of our Listen2Read audiobooks  Continue Reading »

WORLD WAR ONE: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KAISER WILHELM II?

  Famous naturalist William Beebe had bitter remembrances of World War One: “After creeping through slime-filled holes beneath the shrieking of swift metal, after splashing one’s plane through companionable clouds three miles above the little jagged, hero filled ditches, and dodging other sudden-born clouds of nauseous fumes and blasting heart of steel; after these, one  Continue Reading »

MURDER, DEATH AND A 1 CENT MAGENTA STAMP

In 1856, in British Guyana, there was a major communications gap. A valuable shipment of postage stamps from the mother country, England, had not arrived. There was no way to mail anything to anyone in British Guyana or anywhere else. This was 52 years before William Beebe established his Tropical Research Station in British Guyana,  Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday William Beebe

There are scientists who can write accurately but not interestingly to a general public – and there are those who can write interestingly to the general public but whose science is below par. Beebe’s genius was that he wrote scientific works like works of literature –full of passion and drama.