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Monthly Archives: October, 2017

STEFANO ZANNOWICH—A GENUINE RASCAL PART 2

WHEN WE left the Montenegrin Serb royal impersonator Stefano Zannowich yesterday here, it was 1773 and he had just composed Pigmalione. Let’s not credit Zannowich with inspiring the 1956 Broadway … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

STEFANO ZANNOWICH—A GENUINE RASCAL PART 1

WHAT WITH two-bit, four-bit, and six-bit rascals populating Washington, D.C. these days, it’s comforting to learn about a genuine, first-class, international rascal of the highest order. Indeed, his rascality calls … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE BOEING 747

AFTER 48 YEARS of service, the Boeing 747 is being replaced by newer, more efficient wide-body aircraft. The 747 is a glorious example of aeronautical engineering and, for crew and … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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