My Bilingual Doubletalk In Mexico

by Kevin Burton    My career as an English as a Second Language teacher came to an abrupt early end one night under the streetlights outside a small taco shop in Puebla.    To tell you how and why that happened, I first turn to BBC writer Nicole Chang, who recently wrote about what speaking …

Belgian Pigs Get Their Groove On

by Kevin Burton    Animal lovers, music lovers, rejoice and unite!    Scientists in Belgium are investigating a farmer’s claim that different styles of music affect the behavior of his pigs.    “Piet Paesmans first noticed the phenomenon when his son started singing a tune in the barn during a sluggish insemination session his sows …

Important Research On Cows Peeing

by Kevin Burton    Did you know cows can be potty trained?    It’s not April first, please keep reading.    This I would have never believed had I not heard it from the BBC. And I would have never read this had I not signed up for their newsletter.    By all means kids, …

A Little Good News Is Good For The Heart

by Kevin Burton    And all my floors do is squeak. Check this out:    Researchers in Switzerland are developing floors that use your footfalls to generate energy.    They have improved their “nanogenerator” with the use of a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals to produce “a device that was 80 times more efficient, enough …