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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

THUMBS UP! AND OVER

AN OPPOSABLE THUMB optimizes interaction with the other four digits of a hand (or foot—gorillas have opposable big toes too). Humans have opposable thumbs, as do most other primates. Cats, … Continue reading

May 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING PASTA ENGINEERING

HERE’S A WIN-WIN for science, for the environment, and for cuisine: a pasta that changes shape from flat to fancy as it cooks. At first glance, this may seem like … Continue reading

May 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

SHIPPING TIDBITS

THE ARTICLE “Gargantuanisation,” by John Lancaster, in the London Review of Books, April 22, 2021, is a review of Laleh Khalili’s Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in … Continue reading

May 11, 2021 · 3 Comments

T. REX TALLY

DINOSAURS DOMINATED THE world’s land masses for 185 million years, from some 250 million years ago to around 65 million years ago. How many dinosaurs existed? Charles R. Marshall and … Continue reading

May 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING SECONDHAND ROCKETRY

ONE-USE ROCKETRY IS so 20th Century. In the old days of space exploration, rockets and their boosters were one-use entities, discarded in the ocean as part of the space capsule … Continue reading

April 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

NEW THOUGHTS ON A.I.   PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE SHARPENED our discussion of artificial intelligence by separating A.I. from some guy named Al. We also gleaned tidbits from James Fallows’ article in The New York Times Book … Continue reading

April 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

NEW THOUGHTS ON A.I.   PART 1

MY MOST RECENT thought on artificial intelligence is to add punctuation, A.I. Hitherto, depending upon type font, discussions of this subject here at SimanaitisSays resembled a bio of a guy … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

QUATERNIONS—EXPANDING OUR TOUR OF NUMBERS ON A DUBLIN BRIDGE

OUR TOUR OF numbers here at SimanaitisSays has included “You Can Count on Me—Or Maybe Not,” “Exploring Rationality,” and “Euler’s Elegance.”  Along the way, we’ve encountered three expanding sets of … Continue reading

April 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON TRILLIONS

SUPPOSE AN OFFICIAL Counter had been commissioned at the birth of Christ to begin numbering the seconds (assuming, for the moment, a start at 1 A.D., not the 4 B.C. … Continue reading

April 14, 2021 · 3 Comments