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Dr. Know: Big Quake - Sez Who?

Dr. Know
A colleague gave me this “WWsomething” rag, and I had the misfortune of opening it to your column. So, there was a big coastal earthquake 300 years ago, huh? How do they know?  Who was in Ore   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Monster Earthquakes

Dr. Know
  If a monster earthquake strikes off the Oregon Coast, could the resulting tsunami come all the way up the Columbia River and flatten downtown Portland? —Seismic Citizen This is a popular mi   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Rinsed Recycling?

Dr. Know
Like most Portlanders, I like to recycle those things I can. Sometimes, it takes a while to get containers rinsed clean. With all that rinse water wasted vs. adding to the landfills, what’s a good   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Cranes & Earthquakes

Dr. Know
Like most downtown construction sites, the one near my office is dominated by a very tall, very slender crane. In an earthquake, these things seem like they’d keel right over. Should I duck? —S   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: "Explain David Wu" winner revealed!

Dr. Know
Last week, you’ll recall that I suspended the “actual work” portion of this column to host the Great “Explain David Wu” Sweepstakes. Readers were invited to spin away nagging questions regar   More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr Know: Explain David Wu

Dr. Know
We all behave erratically once in a while. Whether it’s sending your ex-girlfriend 50 text messages in an hour or building a two-way radio to talk to God, sometimes you have to do a little fast t   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: OPB and the Egyptian Revolution

Dr. Know
I’m sure WW readers noticed OPB radio suspended its pledge drive while the Egyptians were revolting. OPB seemed pretty proud of itself, but weren’t officials just following NPR’s decision? —Helen Highwater If you think the Egyptians were revolting, you should meet my ex-wife. Ba-da-BOOM!  But seriously, folks, Helen’s question reflects the popular misconception (popular with me, anyway) that OPB’s pledge drive is part of a monolithic National Pledge Week during which all public radio stations badger you for cash simultaneously.   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland Bicycle Plan

Dr. Know
The Portland Bicycle Plan reportedly calls for 681 miles of bike lanes costing $613 million. That seems like an awful lot to paint lines on rights-of-way already owned by the city.  Where is th   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Salmon Species

Dr. Know
People talk about Klamath River salmon, or Rogue River salmon, as though every river has its own unique species. But isn’t a salmon a salmon? So they die out in a particular river—it’s not lik   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Oregon Health Plan Returns

Dr. Know
Anecdotal reports suggest adults are once again getting on the Oregon Health Plan, after several years of the plan only (or at least, mostly) being available to children and pregnant women. Given that the state is broke, how did the OHP make this comeback? —C.K. Dexter Haven   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 MARTY SMITH

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