LightGrams

Skipping Out

LightGramsMay 20, 2021Volume 25, Number 19 Joshua Potvin did what many of have considered doing. The former Chief of Police of Fryeburg, Maine did not want to be in the February meeting of the Board of Selectmen, so he devised a scheme to dash out. He texted one of his officers to call him out…

Trying To Blend In

LightGramsMay 13, 2021Volume 25, Number 18 A woman was arrested on Monday after sneaking onto a high school campus in Miami, Florida. Though she is 28 years old, Audrey Francisquini was doing her best to look like other students there; she wore a backpack and was carrying a skateboard. Authorities with the school system are…

Just Like Clockwork

LightGramsMay 6, 2021Volume 25, Number 17 Any day now things should get noisier here where I live. It won’t be just in my community, but large sections of the U.S. will notice an evening chorus that cannot be missed. Brood X of cicadas will begin emerging from the soil as temperatures warm. This particular brood…

You Probably Won’t Finish

LightGramsApril 29, 2021Volume 25, Number 16 Running an ultramarathon is something I’ve never done, or would even plan to do. A marathon would be challenge enough, but this type of race is beyond tough. These are designed to test the limits of those whose passion is running and pushing themselves beyond normal human limits. I…

“Concealed Contraband”

LightGramsApril 21, 2021Volume 25, Number 15 A traveler passing through security at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport was pulled aside. His luggage didn’t raise a red flag, but his breakfast burrito did. Once the alert was issued the burrito was scanned by Xray, and a small package with crystal meth was discovered inside. Needless the…

Pulled Out Of The Mire

LightGramsApril 15, 2021Volume 25, Number 14 Camille Coelho decided a walk on the beach was just the thing needed to relax. The intensive care nurse who lives in the Boston area often takes such strolls, looking for sea glass as she walks. On this stroll, however, she stepped into an area of mud that gave…

Robot-Created Art

LightGramsApril 1, 2021Volume 25, Number 13 A few days ago a piece of art sold for $688,888. That amount may seem odd, but that’s not nearly as odd as how the art was created. The “artist” is Sophia, a humanoid robot that worked in collaboration with Italian painter Andrea Bonaceto. Also adding to the oddity…

Something Old, Something New

LightGramsMarch 25, 2021Volume 25, Number 12 Humanity’s first powered flight occurred on December 17, 1903 when Orville Wright launched their crude aircraft, the Wright Flyer I, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The first powered flight on another planet will happen within a month, and it will fittingly carry a swatch of fabric used on the…

Tampering With My Vaccine

LightGramsMarch 18, 2021Volume 25, Number 11 Steve Brandenburg has been a pharmacist for 23 years; he knows about safe handling practices of medications designed to protect or restore the health of patients. But on the evenings of December 24 and 25 of last year, he rendered a box of vials of COVID-19 vaccine either less…

An Unseen Universe

LightGramsMarch 11, 2021Volume 25, Number 10 A story carried by Reuters last month caught my attention. Kit Yates, a math expert at London’s Bath University, projected the number of COVID-19 virus particles in the world at the height of the pandemic. I won’t list all the steps he went through, but the bottom line of…