I brought a little science with me on my last backcountry canoe trip. After a long day of paddling and portaging, I pulled out a tiny bag of metal salts that I had been packing. The goal: to use the salts to create a dazzling light show over the campfire. The colored flames are generated by burning a small amount of a variety of metal salts in the fire. Different metals burn… Read More

Take a walk around and look at some of the things you own, some of your valuables. Check out the tags and labels. Made in Cambodia? Made in Vietnam? Maybe even Costa Rica? But I am willing to bet the majority of your belongings are ‘Made in China’. While I could certainly steer this article towards the shift in international manufacturing for cheaper labour and how nearly impossible it is to buy only local… Read More