In Preview: STEM Science Uncorked

by Megan Walsh

Discover the science of the vine at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. Entertain your mind along with your taste buds at…

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Just imagine. You’re walking over gently sloping hills through rows of vines, trodding along clover-hewn rows, with the buzz of happy bees in the air. You come across vibrant lilac patches of perfumed lavender, each fragrant, flowering bush different from the last.

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