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Monthly Archives: October, 2017

THE GREAT FIREWALL OF CHINA

THE INTERNET used to be likened to the wild and woolly west. Less so today, perhaps; but a Great Firewall has limited China’s access to the worldwide web. I learned … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

A MICRO TALE OF EV AMBITIONS

GENERAL PROCLAMATIONS about the world’s coming adoption of electric vehicles have set ambitious goals. For example, governments around the world plan to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles within decades. However, … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

SOMETIMES SCIENCE SUCKS

FORGIVE THIS teaser title for news of engineering a gizmo that mimics a suckerfish and generates a pull-force up to 340 times the weight of the gizmo. Biomimetics, the mimicking … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

THE 1918–1919 FLU PANDEMIC

IT’S FLU season. Wife Dottie and I have got our shots. I recommend the same to SimanaitisSays readers, even those who may be shot-challenged for whatever reason. By way of … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

A CONNIVING, DECEITFUL, MURDEROUS OKLAHOMAN

THIS IS a tale of an Oklahoman who was entrusted with preserving environment and culture. Alas, he turned out to be conniving, deceitful, and, in time, murderous. A memo to … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

UNEARTHING THE WEANS

IT’S THE year 7859 and archeologists have unearthed a civilization lost for more than 5000 years. Who are these “Weans” from the Great West Continent? Researchers at Kenya’s Ruwenzori University … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

JOHN FITCH’S 1952 MEXICAN ROAD RACE—PART 2

THE R&T subhead reads, “Mercedes Continue Drive for Sports Car Domination.” Indeed, in the 1952 Mexican Road Race, Karl Kling’s 300 SL coupe finished first and Hermann Lang’s 300 SL … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

JOHN FITCH’S 1952 MEXICAN ROAD RACE—PART 1

JOHN FITCH’S credentials were impressive indeed: American sportsman, yachtsman, fighter pilot, champion sports car driver, and safety advocate. A race report of the Third Mexican Road Race in R&T, February … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

ELIZABETH CHUDLEIGH—A GENUINE PIECE OF WORK

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY Englishwoman Elizabeth Chudleigh was a duchess, countess, bigamist, and exhibitionist. But then Georgians were always ones to talk, weren’t they? I encountered her a few days ago while researching … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 1 Comment