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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

WHENCE U.S. OIL THESE DAYS?

WHAT WITH the world at sixes and sevens (now there’s a phrase to investigate!), it’s worth identifying the sources of petroleum and its products imported into the U.S. Recent data … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

LET’S HEAR IT FOR CHROMESTHESIA!

WHAT COLOR is Mozart’s Ein Kleine Nachtmusik? How about The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction? Or Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade? Synesthesia is the experience of one sensory input leading involuntarily to another. … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

VPS (VIKING POSITIONING SYSTEM) PART 2

MEDIEVAL VIKINGS sailed much of their known world, and even portions of that still unknown, with practical navigation. Yesterday, we learned from an article in The New York Times, April … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

VPS (VIKING POSITIONING SYSTEM) PART 1

FISH DO it, bees do it. Even medieval Vikings do it: namely, use polarized light to navigate. Navigation skills in the animal kingdom have been recognized for awhile. I just … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · 1 Comment

SCIENTIFIC HUZZAHS!

THERE ARE times when I delight in celebrating multifold aspects of science. Here are three examples appearing in Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

BLOCKCHAINS AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES PART 2

DIGITAL CRYPTOCURRENCIES rely on blockchains for their bookkeeping. Yesterday, we discussed the basics of why cryptocurrencies may be shady, but blockchains aren’t inherently at fault. Today, we continue this theme … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

BLOCKCHAINS AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES PART 1

WHAT WITH Bitcoin in the news regularly these days, I believe it’s appropriate to separate this and other cryptocurrencies (there are scads!) from the related topic of blockchains. Today, we’ll … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment