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Stories by Scott Huler

The Lawson Trek: Paddling the Intracoastal Waterway

The Lawson Trek: Paddling the Intracoastal Waterway

We stopped for lunch during the first day of the Lawson Trek on an oyster shoal, an uncharacteristically hot October sun stinging my shoulders, but surprisingly unbothered by four hours of kayak paddling.

December 4, 2014 — Scott Huler
The Lawson Trek: Finding Something New

The Lawson Trek: Finding Something New

Editor's note: For The Lawson Trek, journalist Scott Huler is retracing the journey of discovery undertaken by canoe and on foot in 1700-1701 by John Lawson, the first observer to carefully describe and catalogue the flora, fauna, geography and inhabitants of the Carolinas.

October 10, 2014 — Scott Huler

The Water Intake Crib: A Primer

So Toledo and environs goes through a terrible water crisis when nutrient-rich water from farms, lawns, and other nonpoint sources flows into Lake Erie.

August 5, 2014 — Scott Huler
Mmph — a Suggestion for North Carolina Frackers

Mmph — a Suggestion for North Carolina Frackers

MMph. Fnmn, nng, mmmmm, knknknnk. DAYUM, it’s hard talking with tape over your mouth. And now that I’ve ripped the tape off (about the tape more later), I can’t even talk about what I want to talk about.

June 3, 2014 — Scott Huler
Photo Friday II! Guess the Thing.

Photo Friday II! Guess the Thing.

Buckminsterfullerene? Graphene? A negative of all the lost marbles from Hungry Hungry Hippos running off to start a precision drill team? Nope.

May 2, 2014 — Scott Huler

Infrastructure Spotting

When I began writing On the Grid, my book about the infrastructure systems that make our lives possible, I envisioned it as a sort of Peterson’s Guide to the Infrastructure of the Modern World.

April 9, 2014 — Scott Huler

Why Naming this Winter Storm Leon is a Great Thing

So the winter storm that has half the South obsessively checking its phones for NWS updates or Weather Underground forecasts has a name. It is called Leon, and it got that name from the Weather Channel, which is now naming winter storms for the exact same reason that agencies name hurricanes: it makes them easier [...]

January 27, 2014 — Scott Huler
For the Holidays: Gingerbread Zoning Suggestions

For the Holidays: Gingerbread Zoning Suggestions

The obvious strain on gingerbread houses, jelleybean-and-honey fastening products, and other sugar-based infrastructure systems brings them to our attention during the holiday season.

December 24, 2013 — Scott Huler

British Storm Brings Up History’s First Work of Social Media

The enormous winter storm Xaver currently battering northern Europe, coming only a month after another one, brings to mind another famous storm that hit England late in the fall — the unnamed blow that generated Daniel Defoe’s nonfiction masterpiece The Storm, considered by some the first work of modern journalism.

December 6, 2013 — Scott Huler

In NC, the Science Show Doesn’t Go On

You remember sea-level rise, and North Carolina. I won’t bore you — the legislature was against even measuring it, and a lot of people noticed.

November 19, 2013 — Scott Huler
Typhoon … Yolanda?

Typhoon … Yolanda?

Ok, quick question: What do you know about Typhoon Yolanda? Nothing, right? Guess what — it just went by. I’ll explain, but first: everyone is still working hard to help the people of the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan (here’s a collection of places through which you can help), as well we should.

November 14, 2013 — Scott Huler

On this Blogging Business, and Regarding Scolding

Last weekend, the Scientific American blogger community blew up as only a blogger community can, over a somewhat complex issue. Many of us are blogging in response, and as much as I hate to I’m joining in the madness.

October 14, 2013 — Scott Huler

Walking to School with the Police

Do you see this picture? If you look closely enough you can see my adorable children and lovely wife. And they are doing something remarkable: They are walking — walking to school.

October 11, 2013 — Scott Huler
Back off, Texas — More NC Science Crazy

Back off, Texas — More NC Science Crazy

Okay you know who’s happy today? The people of North Carolina and the people of Texas, whose legislative antiscience crazy doesn’t seem especially off the hook given the nationwide legislative crazy we have going on.

October 2, 2013 — Scott Huler
A Bake Sale for Roads

A Bake Sale for Roads

I’m learning lessons by the bushel basket this fall, on account of I’m getting the chance to officially do something I’ve long done unofficially: beg for the opportunity to pay more taxes.

September 23, 2013 — Scott Huler
A socialist iPhone?

A socialist iPhone?

Yes, yes, yes, new iPhone, new IOS, new stuff, cheap, expensive, blah blah blah. Nobody needs to tell you that your phone is obsolete about an hour and a half after you buy it, and nobody needs to tell you that your old phones either build up in our house (I can put my hands [...]

September 17, 2013 — Scott Huler

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