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MORE POWER TO YA

AMERICA’S POWER GRID is the largest in the world. But it’s not the most modern, nor the most reliable. Gretchen Bakke’s book The Grid addresses these points and others. Cymene Howe … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

BUILDING THE UGEARS PNEUMATIC ENGINE

HERE’S AN ENTERTAINING pursuit emerging from a crowdsourced startup. UGears fulfills a dream of Denis and Gennady, two Ukrainians who hold fond memories of building mechanical models as kids. As … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

WAGNER INVECTIVES

THE OPERAS OF Richard Wagner give Wife Dottie, Daughter Suz and me much pleasure, though I also appreciate that the subject matter, complexity and sheer length are something of an … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

DRIVING THROUGH A BRUSSELS LOOPHOLE

THE SOOT CONTINUES to accumulate around diesel cars finagled to run clean in official testing, though not necessarily otherwise. “VW’s Diesel Scam” made news last year when the International Council … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

GLASTONBURY–MORE THAN ENGLAND’S WOODSTOCK

GLASTONBURY IS KNOWN to many for its annual pop music festival, sort of Woodstock in the west of England. I confess, my appreciation of rock reached its zenith in Elton … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

METHUSELAH AND THE BOMB

ABOVE-GROUND NUCLEAR weaponry helped researchers identify longevity of the Greenland shark, the world’s oldest known living vertebrate. Recently, a 400-year-old shark made the news; details of the research are given … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

RIGGED ELECTION? NOT AGAIN.

A RIGGED ELECTION? I’ll show you a rigged election, 1888-style. It makes today’s conspiracy theories sound like Sunday School play. A bit of background: The concept of ballot as we … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 1 Comment
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