Could Gouda stop tornados? No, but these articles are interesting…

Curating content is one of the many tasks I perform in my current position. So lucky for me (and you reading), I stumble upon some interesting articles across the web. Here are few of the ones I found interesting today:

Great Gouda! World’s oldest cheese found – on mummies
This post from USA TODAY was fascinating. They found cheese on mummies in northwestern China. The scientists believe this cheese was made with a starter containing a mix of bacteria and yeast, similar to kefir made today. It’s interesting because it’s contradictory to most cheese made modern day, that is made with rennet. Anyway, this cheese (and the mummies) date back to as early as 1615 BC… luckily it’s not some stinky cheese!
Check it out: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/02/25/worlds-oldest-cheese/5776373/

4.4 billion-year-old crystal is the oldest piece of Earth
I LOVE science and pondering the beginning of the Universe. I’m no scientist, so I must rely on the fascinating articles I read in books and magazines. CNN reported today that scientists have dated a zircon crystal in Western Australia that is – GET THIS – 4.4 billion years old. For reference… scientists believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old. They also used an extensive form of dating to figure this number out. Super interesting read on the beginning of our planet!
Nerd alert: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/world/oldest-earth-fragment/index.html

Can giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes?
Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch. I found it interest (again because I’m a science nerd like that) and because well… I just don’t believe it. I’m still not sure what to think, because I believe the meteorolist cited at the end of the article who called the theory “nonsense.” I’m with ya!
Lunacy starts here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/25/giant-walls-tornado-alley/5808887/

NFL, Cardinals, Superbowl committee sound off on SB 1062
The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Arizona and the NFL and Super Bowl committee are challenging the Senate Bill (1062). Basically the bill allows businesses the right to refuse service to anyone if the owner’s religious beliefs are at stake. I love that these big time organizations could change the big game next year because they so value tolerance and inclusiveness. Way to go NFL!
Sound off: http://www.kpho.com/story/24813943/nfl-cardinals-super-bowl-committee-sound-off-on-sb-1062

Watch the Great Lakes Freeze Over

Super cool! I love seeing videos like this, especially this one after the bitter cold winter we’ve been having. Thanks polar vortex 😛

Science & Space

You can measure a winter in many ways: temperature records, snow cover, even travel delays. But to truly see how frigid this winter has been—at least for the eastern half of the U.S.—you need to go way up. Satellite imagery shows that an incredible 88% of the Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie—are now frozen over. That’s the largest ice cover the Great Lakes have experienced since 1994, and it means that there is an astounding 82,940 sq. miles (214,814 sq. km) of ice covering the biggest collection of fresh water in the world.

How unusual is this? Since 1973, the average maximum ice cover extent for the Great Lakes has been just 50%, and in those four decades, the ice extent has surpassed 80% just five times. (In 2002, just 9.5% of the Great Lakes froze over during the winter, the lowest extent on…

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