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Monthly Archives: April, 2013

WAR BY BITS AND BYTES

CYBER WAR: Does this describe the next major world conflict? Or is it merely electronic saber rattling of those hoping to profit from a non-threat? An item in 1 March … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

WHAT’S ISINGLASS?

“WITH ISINGLASS curtains y’ can roll right down/In case there’s a change in the weather.”—“The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” from Oklahoma!, 1943. What do you suppose “isinglass” was? … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 10 Comments

NANO BRIGHT

KEEPING GRANDMA’S silver tea service nice and bright has always been a pain—until now. Researchers in the University of Maryland’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering have applied nanoscience to … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

H2 PRODUCTION

THE WORD “breakthrough” can get overworked in science news, but Virginia Tech researchers may have a legitimate claim to it. They’ve discovered an efficient way to extract significant quantities of … Continue reading

April 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

BUY THE MARQUE, NOT THE CAR

WE ALL love our cars, though personal mobility may be approaching a shift of paradigm. A recent survey of ownership options suggests this. A marketing idea with the Fiat 500e … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

U OR NON-U, REDUX

IT USED be so simple. Beginning with October 14, 1066, one was either Norman or non-Norman. Up until recently (two days ago), it was U or non-U, the “U” standing … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

A WALK IN THE CITY

PEDESTRIANS AREN’T common in my portion of the world. (Book ’em on a 203—”Without a motor vehicle in the County of Orange, State of California.”) On the other hand, I … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

SHAKESPEARE, INC.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE a loan shark? A tax dodger? Worse yet, a hedge trader? Or was he merely a man of his Elizabethan times? And the greatest dramaturgist of all time? … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

OPEL’S RAKS

WHEN WE last visited the German aviation industry (in 1922; see http://www.wp.me/p2ETap-W8), the Inter-Allied Commission had demanded—and got—destruction of the Zeppelin-Staaken E-4/20. This passenger liner was simply too advanced, potentially … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

LIKES TELL A LOT

EVERY TIME you click on a Facebook “Like,” you’re telling something about yourself—and a lot more than your preference for cat videos. This observation comes from a team of psychologists … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment