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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

SARTORIAL COOL PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE EXCHANGED suit, repp tie, and dress shoes for hoochie daddys and sandals. Today we continue with tidbits gleaned from Christopher Favelle’s most informative “Hot Couture: How a Warming … Continue reading

September 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

SARTORIAL COOL PART 1

WHAT WITH RETIREMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, politics, and all, my current sartorial style is defined by statements on my T-shirts: “KEEP CALM and PURSUE QUESTIONS EMPIRICALLY,” “THE DELLOW REGISTER,” “C:\DOS C:\DOS\RUN … Continue reading

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

GETTING A GLOW ON—IN AN EVOLUTIONARY SENSE

“TINY CARIBBEAN CRUSTACEANS and their bioluminescent mating displays are shining new light on evolution.” This, from Elizabeth Pennisi in her fascinating article “Sparkling Waters” in Science, August 22, 2022.  Tiny … Continue reading

September 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

KEEPIN’ PHOENIX KEWL

TURNING BLACKTOP GRAY is an innovative means of reducing the effects of climate change in Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city (news to me) and hottest (familiar from my visits, … Continue reading

July 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

SAVORING LENNY LIPTON’S LABOR OF LOVE PART 2

I’VE JUST STARTED Lenny Lipton’s astonishing 795-page celebration of The Cinema in Flux: The Evolution of Motion Picture Technology from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Age. It’s not the … Continue reading

July 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

SAVORING LENNY LIPTON’S LABOR OF LOVE PART 1

MY ACQUISITION OF BOOKS arises occasionally from reading The New York Times Book Review or the London Review of Books. This time around, it involves the latter, but in a … Continue reading

July 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

WHICH CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE RICE? OR WAS IT A TIE? PART 2

RECENT RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT a wild jungle fowl evolved into today’s chicken, and much later than was previously thought. Today in Part 2, we continue sharing tidbits from AAAS Science … Continue reading

July 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

WHICH CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE RICE? OR WAS IT A TIE? PART 1

DOMESTICATION OF THE CHICKEN, you’d think, would have been an historically defined deal. But, indeed, research published only recently has upset traditional thoughts on the matter. Here, in Parts 1 … Continue reading

July 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

SPINNING MERCURY!

THOSE OF US of a certain age remember pushing little blobs of Mercury around in science class; this, before people got all antsy about handling this extremely toxic element. Science … Continue reading

June 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

FILL ’ER UP—GLOBALLY PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND HISTORICAL continuity in our sourcing of crude oil over the years. Today in Part 2, as is traditionally the case, we see the U.S. with lots of … Continue reading

June 17, 2022 · 1 Comment