Sequoiadendron giganteum or “Talking Leaf”

24 September 2014. Towering above every other tree on earth, save for the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), this coniferous Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the largest tree by volume and lives in the federally-protected groves of Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California.  Belonging to the Cupressaceae family and Sequoioideae subfamily it’s one of the three redwoods along with the Coast and Dawn (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) redwoods.

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The tree is purportedly named after Ssiquoya, the silversmith and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary (pictured inset, created around 1809).

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Epicurean Adventures

sucrose-solubility-graph21 April 2015.  With credit to my talented wife, Brenna, we have here the unstoppable cohesive efforts of sucrose at the bottom of a bottle of her elderberry simple syrup.  This is an edible example of sugar solubility chemistry!  (Photo credit: The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology).

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The Standard Model: Fundamental Particles and Interactions

atomic-structure-cpepLooking so good under the hood.  The Greeks formulated ideas about the a-tom (from the Greek for “without cutting”).  It seems you can peel the onion back ad nauseam.  Contemporary Physics Education Project, 2014.