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Monthly Archives: January, 2016

DID C. AUGUSTE DUPIN INSPIRE SHERLOCK HOLMES?

IS THE French detective C. Auguste Dupin the spiritual godfather of Sherlock Holmes? Let us set aside for the moment the purely fictional nature of Dupin—he’s a product of Edgar … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

AN ACTUAL PLANET VULCAN??

FOLLOWERS OF Star Trek recognize planet Vulcan as the birthplace of Spock’s father Sarek (his mother Amanda was an Earthling). What’s more, there was a respected mathematician who believed he … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

RUTH LAW—NOT JUST A RECORD-SETTING AVIATRIX

WHEN PIONEER aviatrix Ruth Law Oliver sought to fly from Chicago to New York in 1916, she approached Glenn Curtiss to buy an aircraft capable of traveling such a distance. … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

REMEMBERING HENRY N. MANNEY III

A KIND READER recalling early R&T reminds me that I’ve not written much here about Henry N. Manney III. I too have memories of Yr. fthfl svrt, favorites lines he composed and, … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 34 Comments

BETTER EATING—THROUGH CHEMISTRY

A CHRISTMAS GIFT from Wife Dottie was utterly impossible to guess: an 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 1 3/4-in. rectangle, rigid as a board—and heavy! Later assessment proved it … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

LIFE SPANS IN THE ANIMAL WORLD

DISCUSSIONS OF animal life spans include us too. There’s a Special Section on this topic in the December 4, 2015, issue of Science, published by the American Association for the … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

VERA NEMTCHINOVA, DANSEUSE—AND TEACHER

I RECENTLY came upon a marvelous characterization of “teacher.” My discovery evolved while I was learning about Madame Vera Nemtchinova. She was a prima ballerina and a part of the … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

BONNET BLING

THE DETROIT AUTO show, formally the North American International Auto Show, runs from today, January 11, through January 24, 2016. It’s expected to fill Detroit’s Cobo Hall with global debuts … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

WIDER TIRE = BIGGER FOOTPRINT?

NO, LET’S DISPEL that myth right off. To a large extent, a tire’s inflation pressure—not its width—determines the area of its contact with the tarmac. However, there are still lots … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

A HOLMESIAN CALENDAR

HERE IT IS January 8, 2016, and we’ve already missed, by two days, the 161th anniversary of the birth of Sherlock Holmes. But there are a lot more places to mark our … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · Leave a comment