Most people celebrate July 4 by watching a local, professional fireworks show — supervised by firefighters. But if you’re starting the performance early with consumer fireworks, here are some tips: Your fireworks might be legal, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. The National Council on Fireworks Safety and the U.S. Fire Administration report thousands… Continue reading.
“My childhood’s home I see again, And sadden with the view; And still, as memory crowds my brain, There’s pleasure in it too Near twenty years have passed away Since here I bid farewell To woods and fields, and scenes of play And playmates loved so well …” — from “My Childhood’s Home” Abraham Lincoln,… Continue reading.
Athletes from around the world will compete for gold at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, this month. Two Indianapolis youngsters are also training for Olympic gold — even though their quest for their goal is not in the immediate future. Brooke Derheimer, 10, recently qualified for the 2018 Short Track Age… Continue reading.
by Jack Spaulding They are at it again … more baby owls! The Indiana barn owl pair — “reality TV” YouTube stars viewed on a live nest cam — are putting on a second act of parenthood. They are raising a second brood of chicks unusually late into the nesting season. The existence of a… Continue reading.
‘Would fireflies light up in space?” is a reasonable kind of question only second graders studying the wondrous little bioluminescent beetles might be curious enough to ask. To find out, students in Maggie Samudio’s class at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette posed the question to Purdue University’s astronautics professor Steven Collicott. To answer it as… Continue reading.
In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new study led by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “Food waste should have a high value. We’re treating it as a resource, and we’re making… Continue reading.
U.S. electric vehicle sales set another annual record in 2017, with nearly 174,000 plug-in cars sold just through November. But how much stronger would sales be if dealerships aggressively pushed EVs? Last fall, a market research firm sent mystery shoppers to 141 dealerships in America’s 10 largest EV markets to document the EV sales experience…. Continue reading.
“Who’s got a beard that’s long and white?” Larry Schuler’s got a beard that’s long and white. “Who comes around on a special night?” Schuler comes around on a special night … (not to mention nights, days and weeks before then, too). “Who’s got boots and a suit of red?” Schuler’s got boots and a… Continue reading.
Sue Scamihorn’s husband, Mike, says she must not have had enough toys when she was a child. Every day, she’s surrounding herself with a menagerie of playful little critters she sculpts with her own hands from stoneware. Most often, they come with a trademarked “overdeveloped sense of whimsy” — which is how a judge on… Continue reading.
One of the best compliments longtime clay artist Sue Scamihorn said she’s ever received came when she was applying for Indiana Artisan, the juried branding program that recognizes and promotes the state’s exceptional art, crafts and foods. Reviewing her work, one of the judges wrote, “She has an overdeveloped sense of whimsy.” “I always… Continue reading.
Shortly after opening a taproom in downtown Wabash last March, Chapman’s Brewing Company shed a totally different light on “light beer.” And it had nothing to do with quaffing fewer calories. Tapping into Wabash’s claim as “the world’s first electrically lighted city,” the town’s newest beer hall sponsored “Pints for Power.” Thirty-one percent of its proceeds… Continue reading.
Electric Consumer readers know what they like, and they were eager to tell us. Since we first asked for input in May, readers let us know their favorite things from all over Indiana. Your picks for “the best” showcase just what makes our state special! This is the sixth time in 15 years that we’ve… Continue reading.
All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, Monday, Aug. 21 (barring clouds). And, one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse — will pass on a path just missing the far southwestern tip of Indiana. Hoosiers wanting to witness this rare perfect alignment of sun and… Continue reading.