All caught up: one teen tackles the problem of abandoned fishing gear

Several years ago, Rachel Lopez, now a senior at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico, learned that large numbers of seals, whales, dolphins, turtles, and other creatures get caught in abandoned fishing nets every year. “In 2006, more than 30,000 fur seals were killed off the Pacific Coast because of [abandoned] nets. It is a growing problem,” she says. That prompted Rachel to focus her science fair project every year since then on finding a better net.

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Are Laser Rangefinders Accurate?

Out of range

Manufacturers of laser rangefinders claim that all of them are extremely accurate. The million-dollar question that then begs is, is this really true? The truth is that each model boasts enough accuracy to be accurate within one yard of the target’s true distance.

While this fact might be effortless to measure through hand for targets a couple of yards away, it’s difficult to verify when your target is almost one kilometer away. In fact, where would you get a tape measure to measure that? 

Fortunately, you don’t need a tape measure to establish the accuracy of the best hunting rangefinder. A target’s distance is the only thing you need for basic understanding of the gadget measures. So how does it work?

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What America gave golf: we might have burned the edges, but the good outweighs the bad

IT’S EASY ENOUGH TO blame America for the six-hour round, the painstaking plumb-bob, the blimp-size driver, the island green and “Get in the hole!”–son of “You da man!”–but ask yourself this: What would the game be like without the gimme, the mulligan, the shapely cart girl and a chili dog at the turn?

OK, maybe I’m only speaking for myself, but it’s away to get into the discussion.

There are, of course, hard-line purists out there who eat grated persimmon for breakfast and would take us back to the square-dimple ball, the Wright-Ditson blade putter, the stymie, no sprinkler systems, play it down everywhere (even during terrorist attacks) and require blazers and ties in the clubhouse at all times–may the devil run away with their brassies.

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