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Category Archives: Sci-Tech

SCIENCE AND “AIR QUOTES”

ACCORDING TO White House press secretary Sean Spicer, we’re supposed to identify “air quotes” in presidential tweets about surveillance. And, says presidential senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, we’re to acknowledge “microwaves … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

SCIENCE AND GOVERNMENT POLICY

TWO SUCCESSIVE issues of Science magazine have multiple articles on science and government policy. Here I glean tidbits from two pieces in particular: Informing Policy with Science was a Science … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

HEY! YOU! GET OFF MY CLOUD!

PROFESSORS AT Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Vernam Group hacked Amazon Web Services, the Cloud computing business that earned Amazon more than $6 billion in 2015. Then, honest guys that WPI’s Thomas … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

MAKE TOMATOES GREAT AGAIN!

MODERN TOMATOES don’t taste as good as they did in the old days. Nor are today’s commercial varieties as tasty as their heirloom counterparts. How come? Is there any hope … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

WOODSMAN, SPARE THAT CO2

BURNING WOOD to make electricity? There’s enough controversy in this concept to keep us occupied for awhile, so let’s begin by considering several aspects of the matter, as discussed in … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

THOSE WITHOUT GUMTION NEED NOT APPLY

THERE’S A CONFLUENCE of art and science in the works of 19th-century English painter J.M.W. Turner. London Review of Books, October 20, 2016, contained an article titled “The Chase: Inigo … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

THE PERIL TO EARTHBOUND ASTRONOMY

PITY POOR Earthbound astronomers. Their telescopes have to gaze through more than haze. Other perils include L.E.D. street lighting, the Internet and then there is the prospect of autonomous cars. … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment