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Dr. Know: Glass Colored Glasses

Why doesn’t it matter anymore that all the glass to be recycled is mixed?


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We used to have to separate our glass by color for recycling. Now it all goes in one bin and gets smashed together, so sorting post-pickup seems impossible. Why doesn’t it matter anymore that    More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Frontier Profiling

Was it once illegal to be African-American in Oregon?


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(Author’s note: Final installment for “Oregon History Month.” By now, you should almost believe it’s real.) Was it once illegal to be African-American in Oregon? I’ve heard that black t   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Beaver State Indeed

Was Oregon originally established as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Company?


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(Author’s note: In honor of Oregon History Month, an observance I made up, I’m devoting July to history questions.) I recently...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Remnants of the Empire?

What was the impact of Oregon being the last British territory in the US?


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Oregon was the last British territory in the U.S.—did the English stick around when the New...   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Keep Obregón Extraño!

It true that the name Oregon comes from the Spanish surname Obregón?


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We all know that the Spaniards were in Oregon before the British. Is it true that the name Oregon comes from the Spanish surname Obregón? Like Álvaro Obregón? —Puscifer If you wanna believe    More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Volcanic Verisimilitude

How dormant/active is Mount Tabor?


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My dad says back in the ’50s he used to play up on Mount Tabor, and on a cold day he could see steam rising from the crater. How dormant/active is Mount Tabor, and is it true Rocky Butte is ac   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Home is Where the Harbor is

What’s with the water vessels that seem permanently anchored on the Willamette?


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What is up with Plum Krazy? And on the opposite end of the eyesore spectrum, what about the middle-finger flag flotilla? Can anyone anchor anything semi-navigable freely forever on the Willame   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Gender-Confused Fish

Are male bass in the Columbia gaining female traits?


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Is it true that 80 percent of the male bass fish in Washington’s major river are now exhibiting female traits as a result of contraceptive pills being flushed into the water? Say it ain’t so   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Shallow End of the Car Pool

Do cars stuck idling in non-high-occupancy vehicle lanes actually produce more emissions than the HOV lanes save?


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Sitting in rush-hour traffic on I-5 to Vancouver got me thinking: Has anyone done a study to see...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Microorganism by Any Other Name...

What is cryptosporidium, anyway?


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What is cryptosporidium, anyway? I know it can turn up in water, but that’s about it. I asked a friend who works in public radio, and she said, “It’s a parasite. It eats your body.” That d   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 MARTY SMITH
 

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