(Photo by Umberto Salvagnin)

Exploring Nature’s rarest phase

With streams freezing up, we’re temporarily losing something very special – something incredibly rare in the universe: an environment with liquids! The wonderful-but-often-colorized images from Hubble, and the striking stuff viewed through a…

Composite of enhanced color images of Pluto and Charon taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto system.

Tour Pluto with NASA director in Poughkeepsie

Here’s a good excuse to leave your cabin fever behind for a midweek evening: Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie is once again hosting the Vassar Brothers Institute’s annual Science in…

Clearwater at Kingston Point (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Pete Seeger tribute concert to benefit restoration of the Clearwater

The Rosendale Recreation Center (another hopping venue in the little town that could) plays tribute to Pete Seeger with an afternoon of music to benefit the restoration of the Hudson River’s iconic sloop…

(Surian Soosay)

The adoration of the Unknown

We’re still learning how to gain knowledge. It’s hit-and-miss. In some scientific areas our hard data is almost complete. We can rattle off every element’s properties (well, almost every element; oddly enough, we’re…

Lee's friends Bill and Lisa, also shiitake growers, are still harvesting good crops, cold weather notwithstanding. They brought one of their logs indoors, where it stands in the sink of their laundry room. Great idea! (photo by Wendell Smith)

Even indoors, shiitakes just keep on keepin’ on

The 15 oak logs sitting in the shade of my giant Norway spruce tree more than earned their keep last year. Seven of them got inoculated with plugs of shiitake mushroom spawn in…


Celebrate the saving of a Hudson Valley bean

Local chefs craft special dinners to feature Hank’s X-tra Special Baking Bean The farm-to-table model of supporting our local farmers and restaurateurs is pretty firmly entrenched in our regional consciousness at this point….

Lee tests seed viability by counting out 10 to 20 seeds from each packet, and spreading the seeds between two moist rounds of filter paper on a plate. Enclosing the plate in a plastic bag to hold in moisture and putting the bagged plate somewhere warm – preferably around 75 degrees – provides nearly perfect conditions for germination.  (Lee Reich | Almanac Weekly)

How to know when to toss your old seeds

“Ring out the old, ring in the new” – but not all the “old,” when it comes to seeds for this year’s garden. I’m flipping through my plastic shoeboxes (I think that’s what…


The middle of the Sun, the Earth and the universe

What would you find at the exact center of our world? the Sun? the Universe? Anyone with a below-ground basement or who visits a cavern knows that just a few feet down, the…


Intro to Beekeeping seminar at Olive Free Library

The Olive Free Library will offer a free two-part “Introduction to Beekeeping” seminar on Saturdays, January 9 and 16 from 10 to 3 p.m., led by master beekeeper Rob Overton. Participants will learn…


National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance program helps communities get linked

Let’s say that your community group would like to conserve a piece of local land. A hiking trail has been proposed for the site, or a small park could be established there. Perhaps…

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