Least Favorite Things

It’s been a cool summer here in eastern France, and the last week in particular has been autumnal. This might explain why I’m finding very large spiders in the house – they usually seek refuge  once September is fully underway. Given the temperatures, I can understand why they’re confused. It doesn’t mean I’m happy to…

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Small Fold, Big Surprise

Last week I posted a story about Big Origami. This week, it’s Small Origami. Namely, an origami microscope.   The Foldscope website says it as concisely as I possibly could, perhaps due to their experience with efficient use of space: “Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet…

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No love for the mosquito

The first mosquito of the year drifted into an open window yesterday. There’s still snow on the ground, but at least one mosquito was ready for spring. Or would have been, if I hadn’t done what I always do with mosquitoes. Flies, wasps, even the massive guêpes, the local hornets as big as my thumb…

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