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MAZDA LAUNDRY GOES “HMMMMMM”

BACK IN the 1970s, Mazda made the excellent point that conventional engines went “boing boing boing,” whereas its rotary powerplant went “hmmmmmm.” Today, high-efficiency laundry facilities may go “hmmmmmm” as … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

ERCOLE BORATTO: RACE DRIVER, MUSSOLINI’S CHAUFFEUR—AND HIS LEPORELLO

IN MOZART’S Don Giovanni, Leporello does many things for his boss, one of them maintaining a catalog of the lecherous Giovanni’s conquests. (One line of the aria: Ma in Espana, … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

MICHAEL MAY’S MARVELOUS IDEA

YOU MIGHT think that somewhere in Zuffenhausen, Porsche’s legendary home outside Stuttgart, Germany, there’d be a statue honoring Michael May. Alas, to the best of my research, there is not. … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

IMPRESSIONISM, SACRÉ BLEU AND CADMIUM-SULFIDE YELLOW

THIS IS triply a celebration of an era, a book review and a scientific tidbit. The era is the Belle Epoque, 1871 to the outbreak of World War I, when … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

ENGINEERING THE SEAHORSE

THERE’S A joke about God’s engineering background: He’s an Electrical Engineer because of the brain’s neurological wonders, a Mechanical Engineer because of the skeleton’s elegant efficiency, a Chem Eng because … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

EDSON GALLAUDET’S GLORIOUS FLYING MACHINES

THE NAME Edson Fesseden Gallaudet may not come to mind with the likes of the Wright Brothers or Glenn Curtiss, but it deserves a lot more than a footnote. His … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

BENZ MOTORWAGEN ADVENTURES

KARL BENZ built perhaps 25 automobiles between the granting of his 1886 patent and 1893, and Patent-Motorwagen No. 3 had a particularly adventurous life: In 1888, Karl’s wife Bertha and … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment
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