Traveling through time

If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak. William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 Have you ever dreamed about having access to a time machine? You know, the kind in science fiction stories where people get to go backward or forward in time. I’ll be honest; I have, on more than a few occasions. I think we all indulge in that fantasy at different points in our lives: we long for the ability to go back and change some past event or to go forward and get a glimpse …
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Fighting moles

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker 1909 – 2005 In the excellent book Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott tells a story about her brother Sam. When he was a teen, Sam had a permanent chore: taking care of their lawn’s mole problem. So Sam would spend his Saturday mornings using a variety of methods to rid the lawn of moles. He tried smoke bombs and traps, and on occasion he even tried to drown them by sticking a garden hose into their underground tunnels. None of his attempts really …
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Mountain Sickness

Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop c. 550 B.C. Unless you’re into mountain climbing or skiing at high altitudes, you’ve probably never heard of mountain sickness. There are two types: one is rather mild and occurs at relatively low altitudes, while high altitude pulmonary edema can be very serious, even deadly. The basic cause of each is that the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body’s ability to adjust. If a climber took a helicopter and landed halfway up a very high mountain to shorten the time to the top, he would surely come down with the …
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