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Monthly Archives: January, 2018

ETYMOLOGY: TRUMPERY

TODAY’S ADDITION to my series of Etymology for our Times almost wrote itself. For the word “trumpery,” I consulted my usual Merriam-Webster, The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, … Continue reading

January 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

ACCESS + ABILITY AT THE COOPER HEWITT

THE COOPER HEWITT, Smithsonian Design Museum has a thoughtful exhibit focusing on accessibility and inclusive designs developed for and by people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. The Cooper Hewitt, … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE 50TH MERSENNE PRIME IS FOUND!

TO PUT IT succinctly, 277,232,917 – 1 = Mersenne50! On the other hand, this might be a bit too succinct for non-math types, so let’s talk about prime numbers, Father … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

BRIT GRUB—TASTEFULLY EVOLVED

THERE WAS a time when British food was ridiculed: overcooked veggies, questionable meats, indifferent presentation. However, it’s my theory that, having the good sense to include kippers, they’ve long had … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

A SKATEBOARD FOR THE SPACE ENTHUSIAST

CARBON FIBER is high tech in aerospace, Formula One, and other specialized applications. Compared with traditional materials, it can be engineered to be incredibly strong and lightweight—yet, at $10/lb., it’s … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

FRANKENSTEIN MEETS AAAS

MY FAVORITE Frankenstein tale is Mel Brooks’ hysterical Young Frankenstein, though I also admit to reading Mary Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus in Leonard Wolf’s annotated edition. What’s more, … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

A GENIUS? THINK AGAIN

I THOUGHT “genius” was a straightforward word, a person of super-high intelligence. However, my old friends Merriam and Webster offer more nuanced definitions and a particularly interesting etymology. For instance, … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

ELEMENTAL RACE CARS

FOR BETTER or worse, race cars today are replete with aerospace engineering. But it wasn’t always this way. Immediately after World War II, British motor enthusiasts wanted to race cars—surely … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 4 Comments

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND JAPAN

“EVER SINCE I discovered the print,” Frank Lloyd Wright wrote in his 1932 autobiography, “Japan has appealed to me as the most romantic, artistic country on Earth.” The Frank Lloyd … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

A TECH TRIO OF MERIT

SAE INTERNATIONAL publishes Tech Briefs, a monthly magazine of “Engineering Solutions for Design & Manufacturing.” Three articles in its January 2018 issue show the range of its editorial coverage extending … Continue reading

January 20, 2018 · Leave a comment