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Giant Peach Would Have Needed More Birds

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Four students from the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy have done the seagulls-ocean-mfile-2impossible and called out beloved children’s author Roald Dahl for bad science.

In Roald Dahl’s book James and the Giant Peach (which was made into a movie produced by Tim Burton in 1996; both were referenced in the study) James, the seven year old main character, sails across the Atlantic Ocean in house-sized peach with some giant, talking insects that happened to be living in the fruit.

For the first leg of the sea adventure he sails the giant peach like a boat. Then (spoiler alert) the peach is lifted into the air by 501 seagulls that had to be tethered to the stem of the peach by the thread of the Silkworm or the peach’s residents would have all been the stars of an episode of “Shark Week.”

The research team looked at both the ability of the peach to be navigable and the execution of the 501 seagull rescue.

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Book Review: Plastic Free

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The first thing I noticed about Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free is how compact and stalwart it is compared toplastic free book beth terry the standard hardcover book the latest fiction bestseller is packaged in by the big publishing houses.

The second thing I noticed is that the book lacks a traditional spine because in the quest to live plastic free Terry and the publishers at Skyhorse have gone to great lengths to eliminate plastic in their publication.

The book is not 100 percent plastic-less but they’ve come quite close and even the glue they used contains no plastic.

The third thing I noticed, and you will too if you have done the fiscally smart thing and checked it out from the library, is that the well-meaning library technicians had wrapped it in the clear plastic to protect the plain brown paper wrapping that is the cover. The shiny layer of plastic sort of defeats the message of the book, but what can you do?

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Cookbook Reviews: Starting from Scratch

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If you can read you can cook and if you are adventurous you can create dishes that are as good if not colorful dining jadebetter than what you’d get from pre-packaged ingredients or restaurants.

These three books contain recipes for several of the same things like ketchup, mustard, tea, and bread but every cookbook has something different to offer because cooks are at different skill levels and have different needs and bellies to fill at their table.

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Book Review: Farewell, My Subaru

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Farewell, My Subaru by journalist Doug Fine was published way back in 2008 and it wasn’t his first book.farwell my subaru cover library Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man was the precursor in a similar genre: “person spends a year doing activity they don’t normally do as a personal challenge.”

After writing about his experiences during a harsh Alaskan winter Fine decided he was ready to really begin his life off the grid- not just as part-time mountaineer. He wanted to live greener, to chip away at his carbon footprint, so he moved to the desert of New Mexico and bought a piece of property he dubbed Funky Butte Ranch.

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Ray Bradbury: Hated the Internet and Loved Libraries

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Ray Bradbury, the legendary and prolific writer best known for Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles,Ray Bradbury 1975 alan light passed away last night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Bradbury’s works frequently featured space exploration a subject that fascinated him. He likely cheered when failed presidential candidate Newt Gingrich proposed a moon base. He wrote stories that foreshadowed technology’s evil role in our lives and how it would affect human interaction.

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Explaining Environmentalism to Children Through Books

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Today is important because it’s Read Across America Day! A day millions of children across the United States and throughout the rest of the world will celebrate literacy.columbus library 

Schools, libraries, and businesses will also celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and host Seuss-centric or Lorax themed activities. The Lorax opens in movie theaters and even though it hasn’t received praise from everyone, parents and educators are using the book and new animated movie as a launching pad to discussing this year’s green theme.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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