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LEAF MATHEMATICS

HOW COME THE common Japanese shrub Orixa japonica breaks all the rules of leaf arrangement? Basil, for instance, is decussate: Each leaf is about a quarter-turn, 90 degrees, from the … Continue reading

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON FRACKING, EGS, AND QUAKES

MOTHER NATURE DOESN’T take kindly to poking, even when administered with the best of intentions. Science has documented that the extraction of petroleum or natural gas by fracturing subterranean rock … Continue reading

June 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

1932 FORD HIGHBOY ROADSTER—A HOT ROD TO THE MAX PART 2

HOT RODS HAVE technical sophistication that belies their home-built heritage. The ’32 Ford Highboy Roadster offered at Gooding & Company Auction, Pebble Beach, 2011, is a perfect example of this. … Continue reading

June 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

1932 FORD HIGHBOY ROADSTER—A HOT ROD TO THE MAX PART 1

WHEN I WASN’T imagining MG TCs in study hall, this was the prototypical car I was sketching back then: a modified 1932 Ford roadster, sans fenders and hood, with all … Continue reading

June 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

RENAVIGATING WITH CAPTAIN JAMES COOK PART 2

WE LEFT Captain James Cook in yesterday’s Part 1 during his first exploration of the Pacific, 1768–1771, the success of which depended heavily upon consummate skills of Polynesian navigator Tupaia, … Continue reading

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

RENAVIGATING WITH CAPTAIN JAMES COOK PART 1

AS A KID, I picked up lots of misinformation. For instance, that the famed British explorer James Cook discovered a bunch of Pacific islands and, on his return trip, got … Continue reading

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHINA’S NEW SILK ROAD

THE SILK ROAD was a classic trade route connecting the East and the West. From about 115 B.C. to the 1450s, this trade by land and sea involved China, the … Continue reading

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment