Category Archives: Science

Easter Island’s Water Supply and the Siting of the Moais

By Jason Daley (Smithsonian Magazine) Archaeologists have figured out a lot about the moai, the giant stone heads found on Rapa Nui or Easter Island, a tiny dot of land in the Pacific Ocean administered by Chile. They know what quarries … Continue reading

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Why Do Mormon’s Keep Throwing God “Under the Bus”?

We Mormons (particularly LDS leaders) still haven’t admitted that it was Brigham Young’s (uninspired) prejudice that initiated the black priesthood/temple ban.  And that it was subsequent (uninspired) presidents of the Church who continued the practice.  How many times were we … Continue reading

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Can “Big Tent” Mormonism Really Work?

It’s been suggested that “Big Tent” Mormonism is a good thing.  That the Church is stronger if its members have a diversity of doctrinal and political opinions.  However, recent events have brought this idea into serious question. The Church today … Continue reading

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Tribute to Primatologist Jane Goodall

By Ann Patchett (Time magazine genius issue)[1] What if genius is knowing the thing you are meant to do in life, and then doing it without regard for the time it will take?  When Jane Goodall was a child in England, … Continue reading

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Largest Aspen “Clone” Ever Identified Is in Central Utah

A couple of years ago, my daughter, her children, and I visited a large aspen grove in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest.  According to Erin Alberty writing for sltrib.com: For 106 acres on the southwest bank of Fish Lake in Sevier … Continue reading

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Visit to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Bret Berger’s and my’s recent trip (July 2017) to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,was coordinated by the Carr Foundation.  Greg Carr, founder of the foundation, is a high school friend of Bret’s and his foundation has a 20-year agreement to manage … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize Laureate Comments on Current State of Climate Change Modeling

At the recent Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting for the Economic Sciences, Lars Peter Hansen my younger brother, commented on the current state of climate change modeling: Discussions of climate change and economics can be challenging. There is nervousness in many … Continue reading

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