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The Caddis Flies – Builders of Houses

Do I want to observe nature, my Father’s world, at its very best? An excellent method is to seat myself in some peaceful place and await quietly what may happen. There is no better place on a warm summer day than beside some glistening and rippling woodland pool. As we gaze into the depths of […]

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Rocket Power

In this age of alphabetized terms such as ICBM, IRBM and a myriad of agencies controlling or working with missiles, we are all aware of the fact that there is a phenomenon called rocket power or rockets. Each week brings the news of another success or attempt to shoot a missile into space by the […]

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Our Dangerous Age

“FOUR HUNDRED MILLION years ago the spot where you and I are now standing may have been a coral reef in some warm inland sea which may have been a branch to the now cold Arctic Ocean.” In this manner one of the texts used in our own Protestant Reformed Schools introduces the unit on […]

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Gravity

In the last article on weight an attempt was made to treat this law or principle of gravity from a more practical approach. In this article I would like to state some of its theoretical aspects that are of concern in the study of the universe about us. In that article the distinction between mass […]

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The Giant Hopper from the “Island Continent”

Synonymous with the island continent of Australia is that interesting animal which you see depicted in this issue of Beacon Lights. The kangaroo is so much a part of Australia that the “giant hopper” is an integral part of the great seal and coat of arms of the continent and dominion of Australia. The kangaroo […]

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The Color of Animals

The coloration of animals has long been a matter of controversy between the two groups of biologists, the naturalists and the physiologists. The naturalist has maintained that coloration in animals is entirely purposive and that colors and color patterns of animals are produced by some directive force or forces for purposes of security. The physiologists […]

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God’s Great Universe

“The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” So spoke the sweet-singer of Israel many years now gone by. He undoubtedly composed those words of the 19th Psalm either as he lay under the star-studded heavens of Judea or as he sat in retrospect and thought about the meaning of […]

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Spiders (2)

We stated in last month’s article that we planned to resume the study of the spider. We also said that we would discuss the spider group from the aspect of the general characteristics by which spiders are distinguished from other animal groups and by discussing the various spider groups. This we will do to a […]

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Spiders

The spider spins his silver thread With quiet industry, To weave himself a gossamer bed That breathes of artistry. Though wind and rain may come to tear His fragile world apart, Still with steady patient care He makes another start. Against such odds as would confound The minds of mortal men The spider weaves, without […]

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Sponges

You have undoubtedly washed your car with one of the porous, flexible balls called a sponge. Possibly as you washed, you wondered just how they were made. You may even be one of the many persons who thinks that sponges are plants. The fact is that they are neither manufactured nor are they plants but […]

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