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Mexican bean beetle threesome (photo by Lee Reich)

Jumpin’ Mexican bean beetles!

Every year it seems that some new plague is ready to attack plants. A few years ago, late blight of tomato moved to the fore. Emerald ash borer, threatening ash trees, was first found…

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

Going faster: How we did it

When we gaze into the night sky, we always observe superfast motion – even though nothing seems to be moving at all. But starting just ten human generations ago, we ourselves began traveling…

Sai-thing (Lee Reich)

Rei-King and Sai-Thing: New exercise regimes for gardeners

Among the many benefits of gardening is the opportunity that it offers for enjoyable, productive exercise in the great outdoors. And now we can add an exercise called Rei-King to Boot Camp, Pilates,…

(Photo by Paul Kline)

The darkest starry skies are this week

It’s now the dark of the Moon – and the warmest fortnight of summer, climatologically. Our typical nighttime low is now 60 degrees, making for comfortable stargazing. But where do you find the…

(Photo by Will Dendis)

Hudson River Day in Kingston

The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s annual Hudson River Day will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Museum’s waterfront docks at the Kingston Home Port and…

Pluto is the large disk at center. Charon is the smaller disk to the right. (NASA, ESA and G. Bacon - STSCI)

New Horizons spacecraft to send pix of Pluto

Pluto is at opposition this month, meaning that it’s now at its brightest. That’s not good enough. It’s too dim to appear in even the finest binoculars. Even a large amateur telescope merely…

Peas in the pod (photo by Lee Reich)

Crop rotation can keep you a step ahead of fusarium wilt

In some gardening circles, a gardener’s worth is measured by how well he or she grows peas: how soon the first pea gets to the table, the crop’s abundance and, of course, the…

Vladimir Feltsman

Vladimir Feltsman & 20 years of PianoSummer

For three weeks in July, gifted young musicians from all over the world will be coming to SUNY-New Paltz to study at the PianoSummer Institute. The public will have an opportunity to attend…

Scanning electron micrograph of Group A Streptococcus bacteria (NIAID)

Zoom: Bob’s new book on the animated universe

My newest and most epic book was published this week by Little Brown. I have no shame: I hope you run out and buy ten copies. But I’ve got to tell you, I…

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On the waterfront with Scenic Hudson’s Ned Sullivan

Photos by Robert Rodriguez, Jr.   Scenic Hudson’s string of parks, located up and down the Hudson River, have become interwoven with the lives of many of us who live in the Hudson Valley:…

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