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HCCI TO HIT THE STREETS WITH MAZDA SKYACTIV-X IN 2019

MAZDA HAS announced a production breakthrough coming in 2019 with its Skyactiv-X, hitherto a research goal known as Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition that combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

HOLMES AND THE ALLEGEDLY SINKING PARSLEY

DR. JOHN H. Watson tantalized us in “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” wherein he quoted Sherlock Holmes citing “the dreadful business of the Abernetty family.” Like the possibly better … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

MOVIN’ THE METAL, SIXTY YEARS AGO

PART OF the charm of leafing through old R&Ts is car advertising. Here’s a sample from the 1950s, with a caveat that addresses and phone numbers are likely no longer … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 5 Comments

MEDIEVAL DNA SLEUTHING

A TWELFTH-CENTURY Gospel of Luke and an even older York Gospels are giving today’s bookworm biologists an opportunity to study the actions of actual 900-year-old book worms in these medieval … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

B&W: THE FIRST BOEING

WILLIAM E. BOEING was a prominent Seattle timber executive, land owner, and yachtsman. His friend Conrad Westervelt was a U.S. Naval officer assigned to a Seattle shipyard. Like lots of … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

SALUTING THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

IS THIS karma or what?? Just when the Boy Scouts of America are entangled, honorably I’m sure, in alternative facts, I go and uncover a Boy Scout of America neckerchief … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

A FANTASTIC TALE FROM THE ISLE OF MAN

I WAGER that most who ever think of the Isle of Man do so within the context of its 38-mile round-the-house race circuit and annual display of motorcyclic mayhem known … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · Leave a comment