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All About Science - A weekly feature in the Ponca City News Midweek

Sophic Pursuits, Inc. writes a weekly column in the Ponca City News Midweek. (Link to the Ponca City News.) Yet, space is limited and sometimes there is a need to provide links to more information or to some of the resources discussed in the column.  For example, in a March 2015 column patterns for making newspaper kites were mentioned or in about tornadoes was referenced.  So, here is a place to get that type of information!  If you want to view a collection of columns - Click Here.

Preparing for the Solar Eclipse - August 21, 2017
 A general column discussing the upcoming Solar Eclipse

Keeping Flowers Fresh
- The April 2016 Column 
- Here is the Reactions Video
- Another reference from the Kansas State Extension Service

What is in that Brown Bottle
 - Here ACS Reactions Videos that show reactions using hydrogen peroxide

Mosquito as a source of illness and Zika
- Here is a link to the ACS ReactionsVideo on Zika

Halloween Science
- The Sounds of Halloween from Scientific American or from NPR and Science Friday
- The Chemistry of Halloween Candy from the American Chemical Society
- Real World Zombies - from Mental Floss and Discovery News
- Halloween Experiments from the American Chemical Society

National Chemistry Week Resources - Available from the American Chemical Society

Paper Airplanes 
Here are some links to paper airplane patterns:

Chemistry in Oklahoma
Want to learn more about iodine? Or, the oil and gas industry?  Here are some helpful links:

From the Linus Pauling Institute - Iodine

Oil and Gas Industry - From the American Petroleum Institute - Oil & Natural Gas Overview
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration - Energy Explained

Astronomical Guides and Resource
2015 - Top 101 Astronomical Events from Universe Today
Follow Sky and Week at a Glance
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Night Sky Planner can be found here.
Specific information on Comet C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS

Oklahoma Geology Guides
Looking for a bit of an in State adventure for the summer break?  How about looking at the geology of the world around you.  Most States have a geologic society.  Check out the individual geologic society websites for your particular area.  But, here is a link to the Oklahoma Geology Guides. Guide 36 is of particular interest to Kay and Osage Counties.  Other free Geology Resources including a geologic time scale can be found at the Geological Society of America.

Physics of Baseball & Information on Baseball Bat Performance
* The Physics of Baseball by Alan Nathan - A collection of various articles on the performance of the bat, the ball and the collision.
* More on the performance of the batand optimum bat weight by sport - little league, softball, and majors - by Daniel Russell.

Earth Day - Links to Information and Activities:

The Environmental Protection Agency's Earth Day Site
The United Nations Earth Day Site
American Chemical Society - Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

Information on the National Chemical Historic Landmark - Rachel Carson

Kite Patterns:

In a March 2015 column, the PBS Newspaper Kites Instructions were referenced.  The PBS article can be found here  (

However, the internet is filled with kite patterns/plans.  Here is a sample:

From Instructables, Mother Goose Crafts, the Dublin Kite Fest and eHow.

Doppler Radar and Tornadoes

The John P. Finley book can be found here.
The Tornado Data from the National Climatic Data Center can be found on its US Tornado Climatology Page.
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