Johann Strauss II composed his famous waltz, “Tales from the Vienna Woods” in 1868. However, our “tale” for this week has little to do with waltzing or the Strauss family. But it does have to do with music...specifically bird song...and research from the city of Vienna and its nearby Vienna Woods.
This week's SCV Outdoor Report is a "Best of Wendy Langhan's" report:
When it comes to studying for exams, I think most of us fall into one of two catagories: either we study together in groups or we study alone. And whether we’re together or alone, we often rely on caffeine to help keep us alert and focused while we cram as much useful information as we can into our brains.
Thirty years ago, I was working in Silicon Valley for ROLM Corporation, one of the pioneers in voicemail telecommunications. But recently, I learned that insects have been communicating with their version of “voicemail” for much longer than 30 years - more like millions of years.
Breathing. It’s something we normally do 12-18 times every minute. But just for a moment - pay attention to the flow of air. Take a deep breath. Hold it for five seconds. Then slowly breathe out. You have what is called a bi-directional flow of air to and from your lungs.
Most well-equipped kitchens have a place where the dried spices are kept. It could be a drawer, or a cabinet shelf or even a spice rack on the counter. And when we think of spices that we use, we think of bark - like cinnamon. We think of roots - like ginger. And we think of dried fruit - like black pepper, allspice and juniper berries. But did you know that juniper berries are not, strictly speaking, berries?
Growing up in Wisconsin, I had the good fortune to spend part of my summers on my Aunt and Uncle’s dairy farm. There, I discovered a fundamental principle of four-legged mammals - they all pee. Dogs, cats and especially cows all need to get rid of the waste products produced by their bodies.