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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Strange But True

Putting the snurfer to work in order to measure snowfall

Q.  What do the following scientific achievements have in common:  1. Creation of the first computer language compiler, translating English language instructions into machine...

Other species’ adapations can be a boon to humankind

Q.  The western painted turtle, the red-eared slider and the wood frog possess superior powers that researchers are trying to copy for the...

Hedy Lamar lit up the silver screen … and radio frequencies

Q.  In the U.S., the lifetime risk of dying in a car accident is 1 in 522, substantially lower than, for example,...

Wooly mammoths a source of ivory that we didn’t make extinct

Q.  From dolphins to redwoods, species learn from and rely on their parents.  Explain, please. A.  “All around the world,...

Use of lead white shows the lengths we’ll go to look better

Q.  Strips of lead are placed into one half of a special two-partitioned clay pot and vinegar is poured into the other half....

Early sippy cups may have help hasten population growth

Q.  What amazing feat did Apollo 8 achieve seven months before Apollo 11’s historic lunar landing?  And what little-known part did astronaut Jim Lovell’s...

Today’s language has a real courtship with Shakespeare

Q.  A riddle for you: It resembles a baked potato, with 22 symmetrical tentacle-like appendages sprouting from its nose.  The wiggly, fleshly nose-fingers are...

Beyond a delicious beverage, teabags a good monitoring tool

Q.  With trouble brewing over carbon emissions in the Arctic, how might the humble teabag help determine the severity of the problem?

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Jolly ol’ Saint Nick rolls into Elmira

The Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade saw people line Arthur Street Saturday...

Efforts to clear snow from roads sees fines rise

Already out ticketing cars parked on streets between 4 and 9 a.m., Woolwich will ban parking on...

Woolwich council moves to develop a vision for downtown Elmira

Intending to develop a planning framework that will encourage businesses to invest in the Elmira core, Woolwich...

Delve deep into Observer archives.

Looking for a previous edition of The Observer? Our online archives extend back to 2008.

The spirit of giving in full force

That Christmas is the season of giving was on ample display this week at Lions Hall in...

Province boosts funding to police to increase RIDE programs

The Ontario government this week announced it will provide $2.4 million in funding through its Reduce Impaired...

Woolwich looks to widen scope of on-farm business operations

Relaxed on-farm business policies adopted by the province have Woolwich looking to change its official plan and...

Wellesley Lions honour late member

Members of the Wellesley & District Lions Club gathered Sunday to honour one of their own, dedicating...