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IS THAT WHAT’S TROUBLING YOU, BUNKIE? PART 1

SOME MIGHT SAY that 2018 has to be the worst year ever. No, bunkie, I’m here to tell you there was a year that topped 2018 by a long shot. … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

A 21ST-CENTURY WRIGHT FLYER

A PROTOTYPE AIRPLANE with ion drive has made its first successful flights. Its EAD (electroaerodynamic) propulsion has no moving parts; rather, it depends on high voltage generating thrust via an … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

IS THE INTERNET BROKEN?

“FIXING THE INTERNET” is the title of a thoughtful Editorial in the November 23, 2018, issue of Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. … Continue reading

December 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

MG TC—1949

LONG BEFORE there were Porsches and Corvettes, decades before Mustangs and Miatas, there was the MG TC. So the story goes, G.I.s returning after World War II brought home these … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

COMPLICITY AND COLLUSION—DUAL ETYMOLOGIES

MUCH IN the news these days, the words “complicity” and “collusion” warrant inclusion in my series of Etymology for our Times. It’s most appropriate to compare and contrast these two … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · 3 Comments

A GUIDE TO THE UNITED STATES

“THE VAST EXTENT and rapidly changing conditions of the United States make the production of a satisfactory guidebook a peculiarly difficult task.” You’re telling me. I hasten to mention that … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

WILL THE REAL PIETER BRUEGEL PLEASE STAND OUT

THE MODERN WONDERS of infrared macrophotography, infrared reflectography, and X-radiography have offered new insights into the works of 16th-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. “Peeling Back the Paint to … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 2 Comments