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Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas that can be deadly to humans in high doses and can cause brain injuries in lower exposures. It is produced by the combustion of carbon, or organic fuels, in a limited oxygen supply, as in the cylinders of an internal combustion engine. The smoke from burning coal or wood and from tobacco also contains this gas. more
It probably goes without saying, but 2020 wasn’t the greatest of years for many people. While some were affected greatly, and others not as much, this past year was a challenge in some way for … more
Cassava is a tropical shrub whose large thick roots provide the third largest source of food carbohydrate in the tropics after rice and maize. It is a woody shrub of the spurge family and is native … more
Vanilla is regarded as the world's most popular aroma and flavor. It is used in a wide variety of ways such as in all kinds of baking, making chocolate candies, ice cream, perfume manufacture and … more
As I reached into my desk drawer to pull out my 2021 calendar to start entering meeting and event dates for ’21 (yes, I still use a paper version), I couldn’t help but reflect on the … more
What is one new thing you will do in 2021? Will you try skydiving for the first time? Will you climb a mountain? Perhaps it is doing something closer to home. Managing Editor Leeanna Ellis and Assistant Editor Elizabeth Elliott share their new thing for the new year.  more
Driving around Blair and surrounding areas, one of the most common decorations I've seen aside from lights are Santa Claus images. They're all different. Some Santas have jollier bellies, others are more cartoonish. Sometimes I wish it was still kosher to send Santa a wish list. more
Gorillas are plant-eating, gentle giants that are highly family oriented. They are the largest of all the animals assigned to the group called primates. This group also includes monkeys, lemurs, … more
Masked supporters and mask-less opponents filled the library conference room Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to require face coverings while indoors in public spaces within the … more
As the calendar has now flipped to December, many are setting their sights on the Christmas holiday. While there are many ways to get in the spirit, two popular traditions are Christmas light tours and watching holiday movies. Is one of these traditions “better” than the other? more
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