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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

FINNED SEISMOLOGISTS AID IN OCEANIC RESEARCH

THE FIN WHALE, Balaenotera physalus, grows to about 80 ft. in length, weighs up to 80 tons, lives more than 80 years, and chats with others of its species in … Continue reading

March 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

BLAISE PASCAL—COUNTING ON THINGS

SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY MATHEMATICIAN Blaise Pascal was also a physicist, philosopher, theologian, and inventor, perhaps best known for co-founding the mathematical theory of probability and devising Pascal’s Triangle coefficients of the binomial … Continue reading

March 2, 2021 · 4 Comments

THE DRONE RACE

DRONES CAN BE entertaining radio-controlled hobby craft. They’re useful for aerial photography and employed in news and traffic reports. They’re increasingly seen as delivery vehicles. And, alas, they’re the hot … Continue reading

February 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

ISADORE SINGER—BRIDGE BUILDER

IN THE NEW York Times, February 14, 2021, Julie Rehmeyer observed the passing, at age 96, of mathematician Isadore Singer. The article caught my eye when she wrote that Singer … Continue reading

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE ONLINE AD BUBBLE

HAVE YOU BOUGHT anything because of online advertising? I don’t believe I have. Ever. You know the kind of ad I have in mind: those ubiquitous online comeons that are … Continue reading

February 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

SCIENCE TIDBITS: FASCINATING, TIMELY, CONSEQUENTIAL

SCIENCE MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, often includes tidbits of one sort or another. Some are arcane, others as timely as today’s headlines … Continue reading

February 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

CAN SCIENCE BE IRRATIONAL?

IT SOUNDS CONTRADICTORY to say that science can be less than rational. However, a book review in Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, … Continue reading

February 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT

CHANGING TIMES CALL for changing terms. Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, asked young scientists “What new word or phrase would you add … Continue reading

January 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

BUILT LIKE A LOBSTER SHELL

RESEARCHERS AT THE Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, have developed 3D printed concrete (3DPC) that mimics lobster shell in its strength, resiliency, and durability. Their findings will likely … Continue reading

January 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGH 2020: THE COVID-19 VACCINES

SCIENCE MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, identifies each year’s most significant scientific breakthrough. Some years, the choices are important, but may be arcane to … Continue reading

January 22, 2021 · Leave a comment