Windows 8: A Dramatic Departure from Prior Versions

By Lon Seidman

  Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8’s new interface that is designed more for touch screens and tablets than keyboards and mice.   The biggest and most noticeable change happens after the machine boots, where a colorful start screen replaces the traditional desktop interface… Read more »

The Windows Surface tablet.

Turtles and Roads Are a Deadly Combination


  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents to be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads. The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles. At this time, egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search… Read more »

Trail Report: Steep Rock Preserve, Washington Depot

James Dietter

  Hike Style: Loop Region: Litchfield County, CT Hike Length: 5 miles Trail Map: map_steep_rock Trail Head and Parking Lot: Map Park Rules: Rules and Regulations Date of Report: 2/24/2013 Approximate Time: 3-5 hours   Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Ascent to the summit is moderately… Read more »

The Fire Escape Garden: May

Amanda Bloom

  What’s one to do when one loves to garden but hasn’t a yard?  Why, accumulate lots of pots and truck loads of soil up to one’s fifth floor apartment, of course!  This is what I’ve been doing over the past four years to create… Read more »

The Fire Escape Garden: June

Amanda Bloom

  It’s late June, and my fifth floor urban garden is thriving.  I’ve already harvested two bins of microgreens, my strawberries “patch” is fruiting, and the hydrangea pictured at left is in full pink bloom.  Two broccoli seedlings have survived a bout with cabbage worms,… Read more »

State Reports Positive Mosquitoes for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Mercurial Staff

  The State Mosquito Management Program has announced that mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). These results represent the first EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in Hampton by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.  … Read more »

Seed to Salad in 10 Days–You Can Grow That!

Joene Hendry

  Need a quick growing fix? Look no further than a seed packet of micro greens. With minimal effort you can go from seed to salad in 10 days, making micro greens a perfect You Can Grow That! success story.   On the fourth of… Read more »

Researchers Discover Nest of One of World’s Most Endangered Birds

Environmental Headlines

  The first known nest of one of the world’s rarest birds – the critically endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront – has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings was also found.   The Stresemann’s Bristlefront is one of… Read more »

Providing Housing for Bluebirds, One Box at a Time


  If you build it, they will come. Sounds simple, right? This common phrase is often used to describe situations with definite outcomes. Hang up a bird feeder and you get birds. Plant wildflowers and you get bees. Put up a bluebird nest box and… Read more »

Plant Diversely and They Will Come

Joene Hendry

  As more seed catalogs arrive in the mail, gardeners will begin dreaming of next year’s gardens. Following the mantra “plant diversely and they will come” may be one way for gardeners to help troubled bee populations.   Multiple bee species are showing declining populations… Read more »

Learning to Live with Snakes


  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents that snakes are starting to come out of their winter dens at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nicer weather, start yardwork, or participate in various outdoor activities like… Read more »

Inhaler for Diabetes Could be Available Within a Year

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Mannkind Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company in Danbury, Connecticut, will be releasing a new and easier daily treatment for diabetes within the next year.   Afrezza is an inhaler for diabetics used seconds before a meal.  It allows an insulin powder to be absorbed into… Read more »

I Always Heard the River Before I Could See It

C. D. Peterson

  I always heard the river before I could see it. Leaving my truck by the stone wall and crossing down through the meadow, I would swing my wader-clad legs through thick hay or scuff my boots over the stubble after a cutting, listening and… Read more »

GMOS: The Modifier’s Perspective

Rebecca DiFabbio

  You enter the grocery store and glance at your list: snack bars, tomatoes, frozen dinners, corn, and cookies appear. It’s more than likely that these items are genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients.   GMO Awareness states on their website that genetically modified… Read more »

Giant Hogweed Makes an Enormous New England Appearance

Rebecca DiFabbio

photos courtesy of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation   Its sap can cause severe eye irritation, serious skin rashes, and even blindness––this is certainly a plant to know and avoid at all costs.   Giant Hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, is a perennial of… Read more »

Farmington Motorists Cautioned Due to Moose Sighting

Mercurial Staff

  The Department of Energy and Environmental and Protection (DEEP) has advised motorists in the Farmington to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose on Town Farm Road, approximately 2.5 miles from Interstate 84.  Moose near roadways… Read more »

Eagles, Raptors Await Connecticut Bird Watchers

Janet Serra

  Get ready bird watchers: the eagles are back.  In what has become an annual migration, graceful bald eagles fly down from more frozen northern climes each winter to Southbury, Connecticut. The birds have learned that the running waters of the Shepaug Dam on the… Read more »