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Monthly Archives: August, 2019

POETRY AND PROSE OF BENTLEY MOTORING

AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISM of 100 years ago offered freshness, nay, romance. “A Test of a Three Litre Bentley” in The Autocar, January 24, 1920, is a wonderful example of this. The … Continue reading

August 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

A PERIODIC TABLE 2.0?

CELEBRATING THIS YEAR’S 150th anniversary of Mendeleev’s descriptive array of elements, scientists also discuss modifications to the Period Table. This and other matters arose at the American Chemical Society’s national … Continue reading

August 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING KEITH HARING

TO SOME, GRAFFITI is civil disobedience. To others, depending upon its quality, it’s art. Disobediently enough, I place myself in this second group in admiring the works of Keith Haring. … Continue reading

August 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

LIZZIE TAKES AIM

THE WESTLAND LYSANDER is, according to U.K. Air Ministry documents, “a two-seater single-engined high-wing monoplane… designed and equipped for army cooperation.” Lizzie entered service in 1938, her initial role in … Continue reading

August 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

I’D RATHER BE ANYTHING THAN PRESIDENT

UNLIKE A BUNCH of people these days, Henry Clay famously said, “I’d rather be right than president.” This was during an 1838 Senate debate. Was he hedging on what was … Continue reading

August 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

ART AT THE DANUBE’S IRON GATES

AN IMPORTANT EVENT in human immigration occurred some 8000 years ago on the banks of the Danube. Farmers migrating from the Near East encountered local hunter-gatherers. DNA evidence shows how … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

5G WIRELESS VS WEATHER FORECASTING

THE NEXT GENERATION of wireless technology, 5G, nudges up against high-frequency bands that are essential to weather forecasting. 5G power levels, if not appropriately limited, could compromise weather satellite measurements … Continue reading

August 22, 2019 · Leave a comment