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Monthly Archives: June, 2013

MURRES, MULTI-TASKING

QUESTION: DO polar bears eat penguins? Answer: Not usually, as the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is native largely within the Arctic Circle of the Northern Hemisphere and the penguin (Sphenisciformes … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

TURBO FOOT?

THERE’S AN element of deception lurking in smaller turbocharged engines that are replacing larger normally aspirated engines. There’s also good solid logic—and even legitimate consumer choice—in this quest for enhanced … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

KING’S BLOOD!

IT SOUNDS like a great Tudor English expletive: “King’s Blood!” But, in fact, it’s a bit of recent research reported in Science magazine, 24 May 2013, published by the American … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

SCHNEIDER TROPHY, PART 3

IN THIS, the last of three mini-essays on the Schneider Trophy seaplane races, there are contrasting technologies, contrasting views on sportsmanship—and a moral victory for risk takers. As its title suggests, … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

SCHNEIDER TROPHY, PART 2

WHEN LAST we visited the Schneider Trophy seaplane races (virtually yesterday, http://www.wp.me/p2ETap-1ct), the Italians had choice of venue for the 1920 event, the fourth of an eventual 11 competitions. They … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

SCHNEIDER TROPHY, PART 1

THERE’S A rich history documenting the Schneider Trophy, seaplane races held 11 times between 1913 and 1931. It began in Monaco and was to end—somewhat ignominiously—off the Isle of Wight, … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

CONNECTED CARS?

I SENSE that I may be preaching to the (car enthusiast) choir here, but haven’t we had enough with cars connected to social networks and the like? Automakers seem to … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

ROARING TWENTIES

IT’S NO wonder the 1920s acquired the name Roaring Twenties. It’s certainly warranted from an economic point of view. A recent piece, “The Myth of Gatsby’s Suffering Middle Class,” by … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

MARIENPLATZ

ONE OF my favorite European cities is Munich, in the south of Germany, not far from the Alps. Among other things that endear it to me, it’s the home of … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

NISSAN TAXI—TAKE 2

SHOULD THE government trust an automaker and its future intentions? Should an automaker be offered an exclusive deal based on these plans? This time around, the answers appear to be “no.” … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 3 Comments