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Hydrangeas, the strange color-changing flowers (VIDEO)

Hydrangeas, the strange color-changing flowers

WASHINGTON — Savvy gardeners know that they can adjust the color of hydrangea blossoms between pink and blue by altering the pH of the soil. But pH isn’t the entire story. The chameleon-like nature of these flowers is a consequence of the plants’ struggle to survive in toxic soils:

By American Chemical Society - Friday, June 22, 2018 - Full Story

If God is So Good Why is There Evil?

If God is So Good Why is There Evil?
This question has confounded philosophers for ages and led countless millions to blame God for all the evil in the world.  We must have faith if we’re going to question whether God is the author of evil since the Bible says of God, “You are good, and the source of good.”

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Full Story

The Great Rainmaking Hoax

The Great Rainmaking Hoax
Because my lifelong friend and mentor Jaybird had seen hucksters, hawkers, and horse thieves come and go, the old black man often warned me: “Boy, if somebody offers you sumpin’ that sounds too good to be true, it is.” But even he fell for the great rainmaking hoax.

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - Full Story

Don: Legacy of a Great Dad

Happy Father Day!

Awakening this Father’s Day, I thought of my late father-in-law Don. I am reaping the benefits of his legacy. Researchers say a girl’s relationship with her father is extremely important. My wife Mary and her two sisters adored Don, their dad.

By Lloyd Marcus - Sunday, June 17, 2018 - Full Story

Tomb Raider looks great in 4K – but is that enough?

Tomb Raider looks great in 4K – but is that enough?
Warner Brothers’ 2018 Tomb Raider release is a remake, reboot, rethinking of the Lara Croft films that came before it. It’s also an origin story, as well as yet another girl power movie in which the only real alpha being around is on the distaff side of the humanity ledger.


“Saint” Angelelli?

Saint Angelelli?
There was Helder Camara, now there is Bishop Angelelli, a political activist who engaged in the Marxist politics of defending the people instead of defending the Gospel. He worked closely with other socialist-formed bishops from Latin America, including Manuel Larrain (Chile), Helder Camara (Brazil), Ramon Bogarin (Paraguay), Marcos McGrath (Panama) and Leonidas Proaño (Ecuador), known for his promotion of Marxist “Liberation Theology.”

By David Martin - Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Full Story

Magnetic treatment could help remove ‘off-flavor’ from wines

Magnetic treatment could help remove 'off-flavor' from wines
From vine to wine, grapes undergo a remarkable transformation. But sometimes this makeover results in vino that doesn’t taste quite right. In a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that they have found a way to use tiny magnetic particles to remove off-tasting substances in cabernet sauvignon without altering its desired bouquet. Eventually, they say this technique could help remove unwanted flavors from other wines.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Full Story

‘Hero pup’ pit bull tries to save baby from house fire by carrying her by the diaper

'Hero pup' pit bull tries to save baby from house fire by carrying her by the diaper
A mother in Stockton, California, says her 8-month-old pit bull is a “hero pup” for saving her and her baby’s lives last week when a fire broke out in another unit of her fourplex.

By News on the Net - Monday, June 11, 2018 - Full Story

Freddie

J-3 Piper Cub
On a cold, clear February day in 1978, my eighty-year-old flight instructor unbuckled his safety harness and stepped out of the airplane.

By Jimmy Reed - Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Full Story

Dad’s Funeral: Final Notes Regarding A Civil Rights Pioneer

Dad's Funeral: Final Notes Regarding A Civil Rights PioneerThe funeral of my dad, Dr Rev Lloyd E. Marcus, was June 7, 2018. My sister told everyone she was wearing a yellow dress to Dad’s funeral because we wanted it to be a celebration of Dad’s extraordinary life and homecoming.

Yellow represents bright sunshine. She also chose it to represent God’s “Son”.

My sister’s idea caught on like wildfire. Surprisingly, several women showed up at Dad’s funeral wearing yellow. I was only able to gather a handful of the lovely ladies for a photo.

By Lloyd Marcus - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Full Story

Pigs, Potatoes and a War

Pigs, Potatoes and a War
A porker loose in a potato patch and a pair of pig-headed leaders nearly provoked a war between Britain and the US. It was only diverted when less rambunctious admiral refused to “involve two great nations in a war over a squabble about a pig”

By Wes Porter - Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Full Story

Life with Father, A Dying Breed

Life with Father, A Dying Breed
In 1952, I was five years old when I walked into the kitchen of our 6th floor apartment in the Baltimore government projects. Dad stood as Mom sat at the table with a spoon in her hand tapping on a glass. Mom was preparing Dad to take the test to become one of Baltimore City’s first black firefighters.

By Lloyd Marcus - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Full Story

The Passing of Rev Dr Lloyd E Marcus

The Passing of Rev Dr Lloyd E Marcus
My dad, Dr Rev Lloyd E. Marcus, passed away at age 90 June 1, 2018. The day before Dad died, my 4 younger siblings and I gathered around his bed; told him we love him; told him he did a great job raising us and told him we would be okay. It was awesome.

By Lloyd Marcus - Monday, June 4, 2018 - Full Story

Strawberries are not Berries

Strawberries are not Berries
June is designated, amongst others, as Strawberry Month. Bernard le Bovier de Fontanelle, French writer and gourmand, who died in 1757 one month short of his hundredth birthday, attributed his longevity to the luscious fruit. Strangely, strawberries consist of more water, 90%, than most other popular fruits: apple, pear, plum, peach, cherry, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry or blackberry. Worse yet, strawberries, botanically at least, are not true berries, bearing their seeds on the outside. Neither are raspberries and blackberries, also being deficient in this respect. Instead, they are ‘aggregate fruits.’ But still delicious.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, June 2, 2018 - Full Story

Watch: Why cake donuts and yeast donuts are so different

Watch: Why cake donuts and yeast donuts are so different

WASHINGTON— Donuts are universally beloved. But there’s a significant sensory difference between biting into a cake donut and biting into a yeast-raised donut. The ingredients are almost identical, and in both cases, the dough is deep-fried. In this video, Reactions takes on the secret chemistry of donuts:

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Full Story

Questions We’re Often Asked: Aphids

Questions We're Often Asked: Aphids
You are admiring the roses when you notice what appear to be flecks of white cotton. Closer inspection reveals the stems crawling with green bugs: aphids. The white flecks are their moulted skins.

By Wes Porter - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Full Story

Sniffing out real truffles

Sniffing out real truffles
At a cost of thousands of dollars per pound, truffles are an expensive food. The fungi are prized for their distinctive aroma, and many foods claim truffles or their aromas as ingredients. But some of these foods may actually contain a much less pricey synthetic truffle compound. To help detect food fraud, researchers report in Analytical Chemistry that they have developed a technique that discriminates between these natural and synthetic compounds.

By American Chemical Society - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Full Story

The Only Way Back to God

The Only Way Back to God
If Jesus is the Son of God, if God became man and walked among us, if the incarnate deity suffered and died to pay for the sins of the world, if He descended into hell and took the keys of death from the devil, if He rose again from the dead justifying all who become one with Him, if He rose into heaven and anointed the ultimate altar with His blood offering up the payment for the fall of man, what is there that can be of more importance than that?

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Full Story

You Eat Gar?

You Eat Gar?
Whenever folks on Dad’s Mississippi Delta farm saw my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird “whuppin’ gars” early in the morning, they hoped to be sitting at his supper table later that day. The old black man could cook anything to gustatory perfection, even garfish, which most folks consider inedible. Unchanged since the Jurassic Period, gars are bony on the inside with thick skin and scales on the outside.

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Full Story

NFL OWNERS FINALLY LISTEN TO THE FANS

NFL OWNERS FINALLY LISTEN TO THE FANS
After a year of intense controversy concerning player protests during the National Anthem, the NFL finally decided to act. At the spring NFL owners meeting this week, a decision was made to require players to “stand and show respect” during the National Anthem if they are on the playing field. Otherwise, players will be given the option to remain in the locker room. If players or club personnel on the field show disrespect during the National Anthem by not standing, their team will be fined by the NFL.

By Jeff Crouere - Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Full Story