Corneas Made From Pigskin Restore Vision

by Kevin Burton    Fourteen blind people had vision restored after receiving cornea implants made from pigskin, according to published reports.    Three of those people had perfect vision after undergoing a new surgical technique developed by Swedish researchers, wrote Sarah Kuta in Smithsonian Magazine.    The cornea is the clear outer layer that protects …

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 …

Cats’ Purring Says More Than We Think

by Kevin Burton    Apparently the purring our cats do isn’t all good vibrations.      These are cats after all, I should have known. It just had to be more complicated than we thought.    “We think we know what a cat’s purr means,” writes Stephen Dowling of the BBC.  “It is arguably the most recognizable sign …

A Scientific Study Of Groove In Music

by Kevin Burton    As a consumer of popular music for more than 50 years I thought I knew exactly what a groove was, until I tried to define it.     I have no trouble feeling the groove in “Ain’t That Peculiar,” by Marvin Gaye for example. But how to define it?     The website …

Sowing And Reaping Not Just For Farmers

by Kevin Burton    There are certain physical laws you need to understand in order to have any success navigating planet Earth.    There are spiritual laws that are even more important, for they have implications for where you spend eternity, once you leave the physical realm.    This is our second Sunday at the …

My Brain Prefers Old-School Music

by Kevin Burton    Regular readers of my Tuesday posts may be shocked to learn there is music from the current millennium that I like.    No, I’m not all about the Beatles and Steely Dan.        There are three albums in particular that I have played in heavy rotation at times.  They are not …

The Science Behind The Great Santa Debate

by Kevin Burton    Just so you know, the one who knows when you are sleeping, awake, bad or good etc., is God, not Santa.      I believe this is true, despite the research of Mr. Ethan Siegel, writing in Forbes Magazine. He says there is, or could be, a Santa and he uses science …