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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

MY MUMMY’S CURSE—BY VOICE MAIL YET

WHAT WITH my recent tidbits here on Akhnaten and his kin, you’d think the spirits of ancient Egypt would look kindly on SimanaitisSays. Then why have I just encountered a … Continue reading

January 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE HYPERSONIC ARMS RACE

IT ALL BEGAN with bigger sticks, then chemical firepower, then atomic fission, then intercontinental ballistic delivery. The new arms race, with China, Russia, and the U.S. already major players, depends … Continue reading

January 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING VERA RUBIN—HERALDER OF DARK MATTER

THERE ARE PEOPLE who confuse cosmologist with cosmetologist. True, cosmology has to do with stars, but not of the Paltrow or Kardashian variety. According to Merriam-Webster, both terms trace back … Continue reading

January 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

ON BEING FOOTLESS AND INQUISITIVE

I GET SO MUCH more than book learning from the London Review of Books. Consider this opening line of a Katherine Rundell article: “A common swift, in its lifetime, flies … Continue reading

January 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

ROBOTS: DO WE PREFER PALS OR MACHINES? PART 2

YESTERDAY IN SIMANAITISSAYS, we encountered variations of robot design: C3-PO’s plated mechanicals are nonetheless humanlike. R2-D2’s mechanical torso, arms, and legs give him some humanoid cred. HAL 9000’s impersonal red-eye … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

ROBOTS: DO WE PREFER PALS OR MACHINES? PART 1

SCI-FI AND REALITY have given us extremes of human/robotic interaction, everything from anthropomorphic constructs to idealized machines bearing no resemblance to humans. What do we prefer? A human-shaped C-3PO? A … Continue reading

January 9, 2020 · 1 Comment