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THUMBS UP! AND OVER

AN OPPOSABLE THUMB optimizes interaction with the other four digits of a hand (or foot—gorillas have opposable big toes too). Humans have opposable thumbs, as do most other primates. Cats, … Continue reading

May 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

SAMUEL F. B. MORSE, — .. -..- . -.. / — . … … .- –. . … PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we celebrated artist Samuel B. Morse with the coded title “mixed messages.” Today, in Part 2, we celebrate Morse’s technical prowess, but lament others of his … Continue reading

May 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

SAMUEL F.B. MORSE, — .. -..- . -.. / — . … … .- –. . … PART 1

MORSECODE.WORLD PROVIDED a portion of the title above, reading “mixed messages.” And if ever there was a person deserving such an epitaph, it’s Samuel F.B. Morse. Here in Parts 1 … Continue reading

May 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

A VIRTUAL PORSCHE

WHAT WITH THE modest odometer reading on my 2012 Honda Crosstour (not yet 25,000), I’m not quite in the market for a battery electric vehicle. On the other hand, a … Continue reading

May 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING PASTA ENGINEERING

HERE’S A WIN-WIN for science, for the environment, and for cuisine: a pasta that changes shape from flat to fancy as it cooks. At first glance, this may seem like … Continue reading

May 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

SHIPPING TIDBITS

THE ARTICLE “Gargantuanisation,” by John Lancaster, in the London Review of Books, April 22, 2021, is a review of Laleh Khalili’s Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in … Continue reading

May 11, 2021 · 3 Comments

T. REX TALLY

DINOSAURS DOMINATED THE world’s land masses for 185 million years, from some 250 million years ago to around 65 million years ago. How many dinosaurs existed? Charles R. Marshall and … Continue reading

May 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE KERFUFFLE OF THE LADY PEN

LANGUAGES WITH GENDER distinctions are getting caught up with inclusion and equality. For example, a French “leader” is the grammatically correct “le” dirigeant, with the assumption that such a position … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

ARCANE SOUNDS AMONG MY CDs

WHAT WITH STREAMING off the cloud and all, CDs on my shelves have a 20th-century appearance, akin to the books nearby. Upon listening to them, though, there’s interesting technology associated … Continue reading

May 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

HOLY CADUCEUS!

THESE TIDBITS COME from no less than the U.S. National Institutes of Health, from Wikipedia, and from R&T. “There are certain things,” the NIH’s National Library of Medicine writes, “that … Continue reading

May 7, 2021 · Leave a comment