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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

SCIENCE GOES DEUTSCHE POP

AN UNUSUAL EXPERIMENT was performed at a trio of pop concerts in Leipzig, Germany, on August 22, 2020. Tim Bendzko and his band performed at a 12,000-seat arena, but unlike … Continue reading

September 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON SCIENCE

SCIENTISTS AND OTHER commentators of science are often very articulate—and entertaining. I’ve been collecting such tidbits on this from one place and another for a while. As a followup to … Continue reading

September 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

A GIFT FROM THE COSMOS

EVERY YEAR, TENS of thousands of meteorites survive trips through our atmosphere to reach Earth. But the one that struck in the Costa Rican rainforest last year was really special: … Continue reading

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

HOW COME MY RAZOR GETS DULL?

SURELY STEEL IS stronger than hair, right? Indeed, it’s fifty times stronger. Then how come razors don’t stay sharp forever?  What with one thing and another, this may seem inconsequential. … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

THREE SCIENTISTS WALK INTO A BAR….

SOME PEOPLE THINK that scientists are inarticulate. Counterexamples are abundant, and I might wonder who are the inarticulate among us. Here’s scientific wisdom, wit, satire, and social commentary from three … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

BILL MACLEAN WOULD HAVE LIKED THIS SCIENCE ARTICLE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE GLEANED details of the anole lizards of the Caribbean, as discussed in Elizabeth Pennisi’s report “Meet Lizard Man, a Reptile-Loving Biologist Tackling Some of the Biggest Questions in … Continue reading

August 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

BILL MACLEAN WOULD HAVE LIKED THIS SCIENCE ARTICLE PART 1

THE ANOLIS LIZARD is a timid little rascal known to hide behind picture frames and cavort with a spinning LP record. The male will occasionally show off his expanding dewlap. … Continue reading

August 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING DIGITAL LIBRARIES

THE WORLD’S OLDEST digital library, Project Gutenberg, was founded in 1971. We’re not far from celebrating the half-century anniversary of this ambitious effort to make the world’s literature accessible online. … Continue reading

August 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

TO THE HARE, WITH LOVE

THE JULY 2, 2020, ISSUE of London Review of Books offers Katherine Rundell’s ”Consider the Hare.” This essay is something of a love letter to Lepus europaeus: “In their long-limbed … Continue reading

August 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

SCHOOL DAZE?

THERE ARE PLENTY of reasons for kids to resume conventional schooling. There are plenty of reasons that this may not yet be the time. Here are tidbits gleaned from Science, … Continue reading

August 6, 2020 · 1 Comment