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PHYL COE—A RADIO NANCY DREW, A FRIEND OF SUPERMAN PART 1

OLD-TIME RADIO mysteries can lead to other revelations. Recently Sirius XM “Radio Classics” offered “Murder in the Sky,” a Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries program originally broadcast on September 28, 1937. … Continue reading

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

GREAT WHITE SHARKS HAVE GREAT DNA TOO

THERE’S IRONY yet comfort in learning that the great white shark, Carcharodon cacharias, possesses characteristics that may prove beneficial to humans. According to BBC News, February 19, 2019, the understanding … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

WELCOMING NEW (AND OLD) WORDS TO THE OED

I MUST confess that our family Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, 1971, is appearing smaller and smaller each month. The OED’s official website has cited “New Words in … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

MAKING (OR LOSING) ZILLIONS AT (ALMOST) THE SPEED OF LIGHT

HFT IS short for high-frequency trading, the predominant communication of financial markets around the world. SimanaitisSays has touched on this topic twice, “Trading in Nanoseconds”, June 16, 2014; and ”Lasers … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

KAREN UHLENBECK WINS THE ABEL PRIZE!

LET’S ALL congratulate Dr. Karen Uhlenbeck. She’s the first woman to win the Abel Prize, one of the world’s top awards in mathematics. One of her mathematical specialities, briefly put, … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

MATHEMATICAL INDUCTION: DOMINOES OF LOGIC

THE WORD “INDUCTION” has a whole bunch of meanings: Merriam-Webster starts with “the act or process of inducting (as into office),” which is sort of a definitional cop-out: What’s “inducting”? … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

AL MOONEY’S 1938 CULVER DART MODEL G

AL MOONEY’S AIRCRAFT included, among others, the Alexander Eaglerock and Bullet, the Bellanca Irish Swoop racer and its Airbus cargo plane, the Monocoupe Dart Model G and its Monocoach sibliing, … Continue reading

March 18, 2019 · Leave a comment