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Methane: Blue flames and the green planet

Methane: Blue flames and the green planet

When the universe’s first- and fourth-most-abundant elements combine, the result is often a gas that, surprisingly, has recently cleaned up our air. It’s methane. Most folks call it natural gas. It’s also known as marsh gas and swamp gas, since it’s released by decomposing plants.

Catskills Lark in the Park

Catskills Lark in the Park

Saturday, September 30- Monday, October 9: During the Lark’s ten days, there will be a variety of outdoor workshops teaching everything from fly-fishing to nature photography to kayaking and educational walks on mushrooms and local history.

Willie Nile plays Marlboro’s Falcon

Willie Nile plays Marlboro’s Falcon

Friday, Sept. 29: He sang with Springsteen. Bono toasted him. Townshend and Lou Reed are among his vocal admirers. A verbal dynamo and complex character in the tradition of Zimmerman, Willie Nile has released no fewer than 11 records. Still, he is NYC’s secret weapon – maybe because that’s just a cool thing to be.