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Helioza is a collection of thoughts, musings, lessons and images from a lifetime spent observing and wondering about this vast world in which we all live.  Varied, and even eccentric, it veers between humor, technology, health and whatever seems interesting to me at the time.

Ray N. Franklin

This is where to find my books and stories. I’ve recently added science fiction or SF to my non-fiction writing. I’ll be logging each new publication as it launches. Stay tuned for much more to come.

Partial eclipse in Fort Collins, Colorado: Nature’s Pinhole Camera.

Just released, Galaxy Field Guide For Kids Age 4-8 is a new version of the older guide. This one is for children aged 4 years to 8 years. Beautiful images of classic galaxies grace the pages. Simple, easy to understand text keeps younger kids engaged as they learn about the stars outside our Milky Way.

Real Fake News

The Real Fake News Network is a team of diehard investigative reporters. These people are not afraid of swamps, alligators, muggers or ne’er-do-wells. We publish breaking stories you are unlikely to find in mainstream media. We broke the revolutionary story on pigweed as a cash crop. Our crack team is currently investigating other stories that will shake up the status quo as much as the pigweed scoop.

Read about Pigweed Surprising Crop to see an example of our accolade-winning work.

RoHSwell

The RoHSwell.com site was born in 2004 as news of the new environmental regulations in Europe was spreading across the US.  This is a high-tech section focused on regulatory compliance with RoHS, WEEE and REACH.  It applies specifically to the electrical and electronics industries.

RoHS stands for “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” and WEEE for “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.”  REACH is short for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.”  All three are directives from the European Commission (EC) to the member nations.  A directive is a set of instructions to member countries requiring implementation of local laws.

The RoHSwell site was one of the first to explain these confusing and very significant changes to the landscape of environmental law applied to high-tech industries.  The RoHS-WEEE directives were fully implemented in 2006, but changes continue to trickle out.  REACH was implemented several years later and there have been changes to RoHS as well.

As this all became old news, it made more sense to merge RoHSwell with the Helioza site.  RoHSwell is now part archive and part reference.  I still find new material to add to this collection from time to time.  If you work in this arena, have a look.  There are still quite a few gems to be found for compliance engineers.

Brita Advanced Filter Slow

Why do the new Brita® Advanced filters clog so quickly? They are rated for 40 gallons and two months, but mine clogged in just one week after only 10 gallons. Click the link above to find out what I am doing to investigate this puzzle.

“Brita” is a registered trademark of Brita LP.

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