Mountain’s Book Recommendations:

The Monkey Wrench Gang, By Edward Abbey Edward Abbey is often referred to as the “Henry David Thoreau of the Desert.” There’s a lot of truth in this comparison, though Edward Abbey was significantly more likely to get in a fight or fart in polite company. Published in 1975, The Monkey

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Scientist Profiles

Here are three of the scientists that attended the Portland March for Science. These are just a few of the many scientists I spoke to there, who also included geologists, physicists, various social scientists, and more. Amelia Nestler, PhD. Doctor Nestler attended the event as a representative of Northwest Green Chemistry,

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations

The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention, by Alexander Munro The first thing that occurs in a conversation about this book is an immediate argument about whether paper is actually the most important invention in the history of the world. “What about fire?” “We didn’t invent fire,

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Blast From The Past!

Student Builds Race Car in Welding Class Henry “Bud” Kinnaman with a midget racer he built with his son Dale in PCC’s welding shops.  According to the caption from this 1968 photo, Kinnaman was always interested in racecars but didn’t know how to build one until he took welding at PCC.

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A note of appreciation

Students and Staff, Before the morning cars lumber into the parking lots, before the students stream into the classrooms, during the earliest morning hours on campus, a collection of remarkable people do their work before everyone else does theirs. We rarely see them. In many ways, they are almost invisible to

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Sun Literally Kills S.A.D.

If you ask Andy Williams, the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas time (that’s the guy who sings “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” for you millennials out there) and  according to my younger brother/little kids everywhere summer is the best, because, well, there’s no school! Those are

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Mountain’s Book Recommendations:

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn. If you’ve ever been annoyed by someone talking about shifting their paradigm, you can thank the physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was the work that introduced the concept into the popular parlance, and all of the word’s annoying

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Feces in the Air

If you’re anything like me (a small-bladdered germaphobe, whose inclination to avoid the common-cold probably comes off as haughty snobbery) then you’re not a fan of public restrooms. Here are a few of my bathroom turn-offs: door handles, pee-filled urinals, floors covered in pubic hair, and of course those god awful,

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