It’s science fair season, when students of all ages assemble dioramas and construct projects to explain complex science in an understandable way. In Falmouth, the 36th annual science fair this past weekend drew teachers, parents, friends and judges to the high school field-house.
Falmouth biology teacher Cory Dubuque has coordinated the fair for the last eight years. He said projects go beyond the expected, touching on everything from genetics to energy production.
One day last month I drove down to Nauset Light and walked on the beach from there to Marconi Beach. The cliffs were all white and rough-lipped from the previous night’s snow storm. Several wide ruddy scars ran down the scarp face like claw marks where snow avalanches had torn away and rolled down onto the wide beach below. On my right the froth-scummed sea rolled in in post-storm fury.
As the days are getting longer, bird songs are increasing and courtships are flourishing. Vern Laux brings us the monthly bird news hour. Display flights, brood parasites, migration highlights, and much more on The Point with Mindy Todd.
Here's a fun video of a woodcock: note the long bill for probing in the earth for worms, and the cryptic coloration for blending in to the leaves.
Come October 1st, new state regulations will change how old and unwanted commercial food is disposed of in Massachusetts. Under the new regulations, any entity that discards a ton or more of food per week must donate or re-purpose the useable food. For spoiled food, one option is to convert it into clean energy. And that’s what Stop & Shop is doing. A Stop & Shop Distribution Center in Freetown is gearing up to install its own on-site system that uses spoiled food from its retail stores to generate electricity.
Recently, more than a hundred residents of Woods Hole and Falmouth came together to explore options for the future of the historic Nobska Lighthouse. The Coast Guard is looking to transfer ownership of the property to the town, or to a qualified non-profit group. The process is complex, and will require a large commitment of both time and money from whoever eventually takes over.
“It is an icon to the community. It is something that we all love,” said Catherine Bumpus, Woods Hole Community Association co-President and host of the meeting.