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  1. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: One Gene, Two Gene, Red Gene, Blue Gene... OK, Maybe Orange (for the Week of Aug. 23, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-one-gene-two-gene-red-gene-blue-gene-ok-maybe-orange-we-0

    August 23, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: What makes a tomato a certain color?   A. A combination of the color of the skin, either clear or orange, and the color of the pulp, the stuff inside. For example, a tomato with clear skin and red pulp looks pink. One that ha ...

  2. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Oak from Acorn? A-OK! (for the Week of Sept. 6, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-oak-acorn-ok-week-sept-6-2009-0

    September 6, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: Can I grow an oak tree from an acorn?   A. Oh, sure. And you can try very soon. Acorns ripen and fall in autumn. Squirrels know that and you will too if you spend time under an oak tree. And both main kinds of acorns — ones ...

  3. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Nurdle Beach (for the Week of May 24, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-nurdle-beach-week-may-24-2009-0

    May 24, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: So what about nurdles?   A. So this: So dumped, lost, littered and accidentally spilled nurdles — plastic pellets used to make plastic things (doll heads, P-51 models, the keyboard I'm clacking this on, etc.) — "are di ...

  4. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Non-maple Tree Syrup (for the Week of March 11, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-non-maple-tree-syrup-week-march-11-2007-0

    March 5, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: I know maple syrup comes from maple tree sap. What other trees can you use to make syrup? A. In cold northern places like Alaska and Scandinavia, people make syrup from birch tree sap. In steamy southeast Asia, folks boil down ...

  5. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: New Fuels? Cool! (for the Week of March 2, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-new-fuels-cool-week-march-2-2008-0

    March 2, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: You talked about electric cars. What other ways can you run a car? A. Well, you can push it yourself. Ha ha ha! Kidding. ["Not funny": Twig's niece Elderberria.] OK, here are some of the other ways: Biodiesel: Li ...

  6. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Motorcycle Muffins (for the Week of Aug. 26, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-motorcycle-muffins-week-aug-26-2007-0

    August 26, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Can animal poop on the road cause a crash? I read about a motorcyle accident. The driver said he wiped out when he drove through some manure! A.: In theory, it can. Anything slippery can make tires lose their grip. Ice, snow ...

  7. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Manure, Write On! (for the Week of Jan. 27, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-manure-write-week-jan-27-2008

    January 27, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: I bet you didn't know this. I bet you didn't know that you can turn manure into paper. A.: I didn't know that. Now I do. Thank you. I probably won't try to do it just yet. My soup kettle's still in t ...

  8. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Mammoth Effort (for the Week of Sept. 23, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-mammoth-effort-week-sept-23-2007-0

    September 24, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: What did you mean, ‘Bring back the mammoth'? Is someone going to bring back a mammoth? A.: Eh, probably not. At least, not anytime soon, if ever. Scientists in Russia and Japan are trying to do it. They think if they ...

  9. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Kinda Clammy! (for the Week of March 9, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-kinda-clammy-week-march-9-2008

    March 9, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: How many kinds of clams are there? A. Well, "clam," in general, means a bivalve mollusk. That's a mollusk with a two-part shell. If you lump all the bivalve mollusks on Earth all together — the clams, mussels, oy ...

  10. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Kiwis Can't Fly; Neither Can Kiwis (for the Week of Feb. 15, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-kiwis-cant-fly-neither-can-kiwis-week-feb-15-2009

    February 15, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: Where do kiwis come from? The fruit, not the bird.   A. The grocery store, right? Right? Kidding. First they have to grow somewhere. And where they grow is on woody vines that farmers grow in orchards. The farmers grow them ...

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