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Monthly Archives: February, 2016

THE GLEN, 1948

THERE WAS A time when Watkins Glen was known primarily for its salt mines. It was the home of Watkins Salt Company, a major player in salt production in the … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

A CLASSICAL VACATION—THE SUMMER OF ’93

SPILLVILLE, IOWA, in the state’s northeast corner, has never had a population exceeding 415. In the 2010 census, there were 367 people in 168 households. And, back in the summer … Continue reading

February 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHO WAS THAT LADY I’LL SEE YOU WITH?

ENGLISH NOVELIST Jane Austen, Scottish astronomer Mary Somerville and an as-yet unnamed American woman of historical significance will soon be portrayed on their respective countries’ paper currency. They join an elite … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

CAUDRON G.3 TECHNICALITIES

I UNDERRATED technical nuances of René Caudron’s G.3, the aeroplane flown by Frenchwoman Adrienne Bolland in her 1921 conquest of the Andes. Describing the G.3, I termed it “of the … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

ON THINKING (TO ONE’S SELF)

THE BEAUTY of English is its clarity. Some languages can be ambiguous, encouraging interpretation, nuances, not to say differences of understanding, between speaker and listener. But not English, when properly spoken. … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

WHERE ARE SELF-DRIVING CARS HEADED?

IF SELF-DRIVING CARS are to be common on U.S. streets by 2020, many crucial decisions are still to be made. Even the basic concept isn’t clear: Google’s goal, for example, … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

CHINA’S FAST TELESCOPE TO ENHANCE MANKIND’S LISTENING

CHINA IS well along in constructing the world’s largest radio telescope, scheduled to be completed in September 2016. Known as FAST, for 500-meter aperture spherical telescope, the project is making … Continue reading

February 19, 2016 · Leave a comment