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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

A MOTOR TOUR OF THE MULTIVERSE

THERE ARE three basic states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Even in today’s more deeply revealed world of quantum physics, these distinctions still apply. In fact, Science, the weekly … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

WHAT’S A TELEX, GRANDPA?

QUITE APART from many young people seemingly not knowing how to do long division in any sensible way, they’ve also been known to ask things like “How does a dial … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

EVOLUTION EVOLVES TOO

IF EVOLUTION’S clock were wound back and restarted, would I be here to compose these lines or you to read them? This provocative question is addressed in Jonathan Losos’ book … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

THE TREE(S) OF LIFE

HOW COME tree-of-life diagrams always have humans at the top? A heady thought, this. There are subtleties galore in today’s evolutionary theory. Indeed, profound changes are taking place in how … Continue reading

May 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

WHACHAMACALLIT?

SCIENCE TYPICALLY avoids the word “whachamacallit,” which, with cool dictionary humor, Merriam-Webster defines as a “thingamajig.” What’s more, humor possibly thought rare for science is discussed in Gregory R. Goldsmith’s … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

SCULPTURE OF THE STONE AGE

IT’S SAID THAT Michelangelo “liberated bodies that were trapped in blocks of marble.” And, hundreds of millennia before this, stone age hominins chipped away at stone to reveal tools and, … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

SCIENCE TIDBITS PART 2

THE AMERICAN Association for the Advancement of Science publishes a weekly magazine, Science. Yesterday’s SimanaitisSays offered Part 1 of its recent tidbits. Here’s Part 2. Could artificial intelligences get the … Continue reading

April 28, 2018 · Leave a comment