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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

THINKING OUTSIDE THE (BLACK) BOX

DO YOU RECALL Douglas Adams’ book and movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Deep Thought, its giant computer (with Helen Mirren’s voice), is asked the Greatest Question of Life. … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

PHOTOGRAPHING THE POINT OF NO RETURN

THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH of a black hole is a major astronomical achievement. This also relates to several items that appeared here at SimanaitisSays: “Happy Birthday—General Relativity!,” March 27, 2015; “China’s … Continue reading

April 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE’S PAINTINGS HAVE ACNE

FOR A LONG TIME, it was thought that the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe contained specks of sand traceable to her beloved New Mexico environs. But, over time, these specks were … Continue reading

March 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

CAPTURING IMAGES OF AIR

DIFFERENT DENSITIES of air cause differing refractions of light. This scintillation is what causes shimmering images of hot landscapes on a sunny day. Capturing such images is challenging, but NASA … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

GREAT WHITE SHARKS HAVE GREAT DNA TOO

THERE’S IRONY yet comfort in learning that the great white shark, Carcharodon cacharias, possesses characteristics that may prove beneficial to humans. According to BBC News, February 19, 2019, the understanding … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · 2 Comments

MAKING (OR LOSING) ZILLIONS AT (ALMOST) THE SPEED OF LIGHT

HFT IS short for high-frequency trading, the predominant communication of financial markets around the world. SimanaitisSays has touched on this topic twice, “Trading in Nanoseconds”, June 16, 2014; and ”Lasers … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

KAREN UHLENBECK WINS THE ABEL PRIZE!

LET’S ALL congratulate Dr. Karen Uhlenbeck. She’s the first woman to win the Abel Prize, one of the world’s top awards in mathematics. One of her mathematical specialities, briefly put, … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 1 Comment