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Release

November 9, 2015

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O — To feel such joy, as to weep into embrace in collapse… which is to fall, as would Shaolin with purposed grace. Advertisements

The Superior Mirage of Mount Hood

January 15, 2015

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Today I discovered why mountains sometimes look bigger: Looking at Mount Hood, you are a standing y-axis on the ground with great distance on the x, between you two. 11,250 feet above its base, its icy spike chills the atmosphere. The air is dense, with compressed layers. Look up and imagine where that peak would […]

“Microwaves and their Ovens”

July 16, 2013

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digg Did your grandmother ever call her microwave a “radar range” when you visited her on the holidays? If so, blame the discovery of RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging). RADAR was big news back in the early 20th century, enabling the Navy to spot boats and planes while enabling biologists to explain how bats can […]

“Why Space Exploration Still Matters”

July 15, 2013

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We’re human, and we’ve conquered Earth. That’s our history in a nutshell. In the 200,000 year history of our existence we’ve managed to sprawl across the entire habitable surface of our little blue planet. So what’s next may seem only natural: space. Scientists have been shooting for the stars as long as history has been […]

“Clocks”

July 15, 2013

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From H.G. Wells to Batman’s villain Francis Grey to Heroes’ Hiro, humankind has been fascinated by the idea of controlling this phenomenon called Time. Perhaps it’s for the best that timepieces are as close as we can get to harnessing the power of chronology. But how did clocks come about? The first notable timepiece was […]

GAs, ACO, and Traffic Lights

July 15, 2013

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Red, yellow, green. Where did traffic lights come from, and how do they work? From distributed intelligence to heuristic optimization by simulation, these guardians of auto safety are secret marvels of modern scientific mentality. Each year that goes by adds more new humans to our population, and within them, more drivers. Congestion has grown to […]

The Humble Pencil

July 15, 2013

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digg   Is it safer to do your crossword puzzles in pen? Some say yes, if only to avoid lead poisoning. Do pencils really contain toxic lead? Where’d they come from, anyway? The instrument we know as a pencil was called a stylus back in ancient Rome. At the time of its creation it was, […]