|A Group Shot of us from our last trip to Deadwood|
We are turning off the lights and locking the doors here at the Imaginarium. The staff and management are closing for one week for a greatly needed, decade in the waiting, VACATION. Yes folks, The Troubadour is going silent for a week while we pack up and venture north. I'll be going to South Dakota. Why South Dakota? It's where I'm from.
We are driving as far as Fort Casper, Wyoming where the paved road ends. The Great Northern Railroad should get us to Sundance (barring any problems with the boiler). We catch the Deadwood to Bismarck stagecoach in Sundance and roll into the Black Hills and indian country. I'm not sure the internet has made it that far north, hence the reason for a week with no blog posts. In case of emergency, I can be reached by telegraph. Send a Western Union telegram to Saloon #10 on Main Street. I know the owner. He'll make sure I get it. Our Deadwood home is right up from Main Street.
Have a great week and wish us luck along the trail.
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Plants Perform Arithmetic Calculations Throughout the Night to Ensure Their Survival
In order to keep themselves going in the absence of sunlight, plants perform division equations throughout the night to ration their stores of starch until the moment the sun reappears.
By counting their starch and dividing it by the number of hours left until morning they ensure they do not run out until the crack of dawn, and can even adjust their calculations during the night.Read more
Why Does It Smell So Good After a Rainstorm?
Step outside after the first storm after a dry spell and it invariably hits you: the sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain.
If you’ve ever noticed this mysterious scent and wondered what’s responsible for it, you’re not alone.
Back in 1964, a pair of Australian scientists (Isabel Joy Bear and R. G. Thomas) began the scientific study of rain’s aroma in earnest with an article in Nature titled “Nature of Agrillaceous Odor.” In it, they coined the term petrichor to help explain the phenomenon, combining a pair of Greek roots: petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of gods in ancient myth).
In that study and subsequent research, they determined that one of the main causes of this distinctive smell is a blend of oils secreted by some plants during arid periods. When a rainstorm comes after a drought, compounds from the oils—which accumulate over time in dry rocks and soil—are mixed and released into the air. The duo also observed that the oils inhibit seed germination, and speculated that plants produce them to limit competition for scarce water supplies during dry times. Read more
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