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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

IS THAT WHAT’S TROUBLING YOU, BUNKIE? PART 2

AS RECENTLY AS yesterday here at SimanaitisSays, I cited Ann Gibbons’ Science magazine article “Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive.’ ” What with one thing and another, … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

IS THAT WHAT’S TROUBLING YOU, BUNKIE? PART 1

SOME MIGHT SAY that 2018 has to be the worst year ever. No, bunkie, I’m here to tell you there was a year that topped 2018 by a long shot. … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

A 21ST-CENTURY WRIGHT FLYER

A PROTOTYPE AIRPLANE with ion drive has made its first successful flights. Its EAD (electroaerodynamic) propulsion has no moving parts; rather, it depends on high voltage generating thrust via an … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

IS THE INTERNET BROKEN?

“FIXING THE INTERNET” is the title of a thoughtful Editorial in the November 23, 2018, issue of Science, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. … Continue reading

December 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE OF SAUDI OIL

TRUMP’S RECENT exclamation-point-endowed pandering to Saudi Arabia suggests the need for an update on countries supplying oil to the U.S. To avoid yet further trumpery (Merriam-Webster: “crapola, hogwash, rubbish”), I … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

ON NORWEGIANS, A MAZE, AND A PARTY FOR “MATH’S NOBEL”

NORWEGIAN MATHEMATICIAN Hans Munthe-Kaas helped to design a new botanical garden at his institution, the University of Bergen. As reported in Science magazine, October 12, 2018, “The result debuted on … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

HACK MY TESLA? EASY-PEASY FOR A WHILE THERE

ALL IT TOOK for Belgian researchers to unlock and drive a Tesla Model S was the car’s weak encryption code, $600 of minicomputer hardware, and two seconds of effort. Rest … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · 1 Comment