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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

WHAT’S A “78,” GRANDPA?

HEARING ABOUT the Great 78 Project may fall on ear-bud-deadened senses. But, in fact, it’s an interesting project for anyone interested in recorded music. The Great 78 Project is a … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

SMART CLOTHES

THE TERM “dressing smart” used to mean a man’s natty decorative handkerchief in a blazer breast pocket or a woman’s fine pearls and simple black dress. The technology of smart … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · 7 Comments

NIPS IN LONG BEACH, LRB REPORTS

LONG BEACH, California, about 20 miles up the 405 from where I live, had an international conference this past December on NIPS, Neural Information Processing Systems. The London Review of … Continue reading

February 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

ACCESS + ABILITY AT THE COOPER HEWITT

THE COOPER HEWITT, Smithsonian Design Museum has a thoughtful exhibit focusing on accessibility and inclusive designs developed for and by people with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. The Cooper Hewitt, … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE 50TH MERSENNE PRIME IS FOUND!

TO PUT IT succinctly, 277,232,917 – 1 = Mersenne50! On the other hand, this might be a bit too succinct for non-math types, so let’s talk about prime numbers, Father … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

A SKATEBOARD FOR THE SPACE ENTHUSIAST

CARBON FIBER is high tech in aerospace, Formula One, and other specialized applications. Compared with traditional materials, it can be engineered to be incredibly strong and lightweight—yet, at $10/lb., it’s … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

FRANKENSTEIN MEETS AAAS

MY FAVORITE Frankenstein tale is Mel Brooks’ hysterical Young Frankenstein, though I also admit to reading Mary Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus in Leonard Wolf’s annotated edition. What’s more, … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · Leave a comment