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Science and Technology
 
 TV Humor (March 01, 2012 at 10:51 AM )
A friend of mine sent me this joke. It probably would only appeal to those with a consumer electronic background, but I thought I'd post it. Politically Correct TV Standards SECAM Used by France and the former Soviet union. No...

 Innovative Heating and Cooling (July 06, 2010 at 7:21 PM )
I don't know if I'll ever build another house. However, if I do, I will give serious thought to a mini-split system like the Fujitsu system. I despise air ducts; they take up valuable room in your house, collect dust,...

 EMP: A Clear and Present Danger (June 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM )
Last summer, I experienced one of the scariest novels I have ever read. It truly scared me and the author was not who you might expect. Instead of Steven King, Dean Koontz, or the horror writer of your choice, this...

 Report on the E3Expo (June 17, 2010 at 10:57 PM )
The E3 Expo was quite interesting with many new products. The most significant of which was seeing Sony's and Microsoft's response to the Wii. The long-term implications of Microsoft's solutions were fascinating.

 Who is Ethically to Blame for the Oil Disaster? (June 01, 2010 at 8:55 AM )
A friend of mine asked me who I blamed for the oil disaster? BP? The federal government? The legal issues are interesting, but morally I blame the radical environmentalists (who have much more political power than the oil industry, even...

 Importing Kodak Photo CD (pcd) Files with Adobe CS3 (December 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM )
I have some photos from the early 90s that I had developed on Photo CDs when digital pictures were just getting starting. I tried to access some of them with Adobe CS3 for a project and it would not read...

 Knee-Jerk Censorship against Intelligent Design (September 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM )
Recently, David Klinghoffer had a great post on how Darwinists pressured people to remove an interview with Michael Behe, the brilliant author of Darwin's Black Box. Fortunately, saner heads prevailed. I can understand why Darwinists are afraid to let people...

 Technology and Attitude Toward Abortion (September 27, 2008 at 9:11 AM )
As a college professor, I have the opportunity to get to know many students in the 18-24 age range as well as some non-traditional students. In general, it seems that a greater percentage of students are pro-life than they were...

 Resources for the Global Warming Debate (July 25, 2007 at 3:01 PM )
Anyone interested in the global warming debate should avail themselves of the following resources. For a brief overview of the science of global warming and/or simply to see how much you really know about global warming, take the Global Warming...

 Estrogen and Beer (April 01, 2007 at 12:01 AM )
Scientists have recently found evidence that estrogen is present in some of the foods we consume. …red clover, yucca, hops and motherwort demonstrated significantly higher growth than control, indicating possible estrogenic effects. Hop is one of the four key ingredients...

 Microwaves and Your Health (January 27, 2007 at 9:13 PM )
After years of hearing fears that the typical microwave oven may be harming my health, I was glad to learn how microwaves could help protect my family. A new study shows zapping sponges and plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave...

 Missouri's Misleading Marketing: Stem Cell Research (November 06, 2006 at 10:21 PM )
The writers of this bill clearly think most Missourians are a bunch of ignorant hicks who cannot understand that this amendment has been written in the most deceitful method the writers could contrive. A more accurate amendment title would be Embryonic Stem Cell and Test Tube Cloning Amendment

 The Power of the Internet (March 13, 2006 at 12:02 PM )
In 2006, we now take the internet for granted. However, it is amazing how much rapid access to information published by anyone is changing our world. Many people have discussed how this is reducing the power of the mainstream media....

 Wired Dreams and Network Question (March 06, 2006 at 9:19 PM )
When I spend too much time on one thing, I sometimes dream about it. Back when I had time to play computer games (and I expect to resume this someday in the future), I would sometimes dream about my games....

 Problems with Perseus (March 01, 2006 at 2:10 PM )
As part of my career, I create marketing surveys. More and more of my surveys have been online surveys as the typical American now has internet access at either work or home. I have used several programs and services, but...

 I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas (February 08, 2006 at 5:23 PM )
When I was a child, the doomsayers claimed we were entering another ice age. I would imagine snow in South Florida and got excited when we actually had flurries in 1976. When I was a young adult, the doomsayers claimed...

 What is Science? (December 10, 2004 at 4:04 PM )
We have been having an interesting discussion about science, the scientific method, theory-driven science and data-driven science as a small part of a larger discussion on intelligent design and evolution (macro- and micro-). The comments cover so much ground that...

 Intelligent Design vs. Intelligent Design (December 02, 2004 at 11:17 PM )
I got involved in a minor debate at Outside the Beltway. I say minor because the post's author didn't seem to have much heart for the debate – he just wanted people to accept his perspective despite his inability to...

 God and Stem Cells (November 29, 2004 at 3:59 PM )
As a social conservative, I oppose researching embryonic stem cells. Since I am also very pro-science, most of my colleagues do not understand my perspective on this. I think science, which is simply testing what you think might be true...

 Leonids Tonight (November 16, 2004 at 4:17 PM )
If you are up after midnight (or want to set your alarm), you may be able to see part of the Leonid Meteor Shower. And because the Leonids are moving along in their orbit around the Sun in a direction...

 Free Real-Time Space Simulation (November 11, 2004 at 4:01 PM )
I have had a review of Celestia on my desk for weeks, if not months, and have yet to make time to download it and try it out. So, I am going to post about it before I test it....

 Good Fortune From Mars (November 08, 2004 at 12:33 PM )
Remember the curse of Mars? The jinx on most of the probes various countries have attempted to send to Mars. Russians, Europeans, Japanese, and Americans have all had problems, although NASA has had better success than most. Well, now one...

 The Business Case for HDTV (May 05, 2004 at 12:38 PM )
Some friends and I were discussing our various perspectives on HDTV (High Definition Television). In the words of a participant from the UK: Sadly HDTV will be a crock. It always pays better to use the multiplex to send more...

 Educated Environmentalism & Ballast Water (March 11, 2004 at 2:29 PM )
I consider myself a rational environmentalist. I believe in conservation and good stewardship. Instead of blindly supporting the green theory of the day, I try to consider many factors before deciding if I will support a particular green cause. Today...

 Cigarette Taxes, Consumption, & Public Policy (March 08, 2004 at 11:06 AM )
I just read an interesting article in Health Economics about the impact of cigarette taxes on consumption. Farrelly et al (2004) tested whether smokers tend to switch to cigarettes with more tar and nicotine as cigarette prices rise. They discovered...

 Our Wonderful Eyes and Technology (March 05, 2004 at 10:27 AM )
I am old enough I remember when soft contacts first came out. I was in junior high when I got mine and they were wonderful. I was a very nearsighted child (about 20/200 vision or so) and the ability to...

 A Promising Development (February 19, 2004 at 5:04 PM )
An experimental vaccine has shown promise against lung cancer. The specific details of this particular research are not as important as what this foretells. I expect to see many similar studies testing various cancer vaccines over the next five to...

 News From Mars (January 16, 2004 at 9:04 AM )
Spirit has left the lander. Now the martian explorer is safely on Mars and out of the lander, scientists are eager to play and learn. NASA takes a lot of flack, sometimes deservedly so, but they also deserve a lot...

 The Surface of Mars (January 06, 2004 at 2:06 PM )
The first color image from Spirit, America's most recent probe to Mars, is now available. For those of you with high-bandwidth connections, a larger (8 MB) version of the photo is available from NASA. Spirit has been sending black and...

 Drinking, Thinking, and Shrinking (December 05, 2003 at 12:14 PM )
Scientists have long known that heavy drinking killed brain cells and caused long-term brain shrinkage. However, they thought moderate drinking would not cause brain shrinkage. A team of scientists at John Hopkins tested that theory. In the study, a team...

 Eclipse Tonight (November 08, 2003 at 7:25 PM )
There is a lunar eclipse tonight. An overview is available at Fox News. If you want details, visit NASA. My kids have recently become fascinated by magic tricks. They are young enough that my very basic sleight-of-hand seems miraculous. Wait...

 Defending Wesley Clark (October 06, 2003 at 12:12 PM )
I am not a fan of retired general Wesley Clark. There is a military cliché about generals always preparing for the last war. Like most clichés, it has more than a grain of truth. Some generals cannot envision how warfare...

 Science and the Media (September 02, 2003 at 3:33 PM )
The media has a bad reputation for covering scientific issues. Perhaps the same characteristics that allow them to write well also ensures the numerically literate are not well represented. That is a nicer theory than saying that most in the...

 2010 -- Here Comes Gecko-Man (June 05, 2003 at 1:16 PM )
It looks like Peter Parker imitators should be studying gecko lizards, not spiders.In this month's issue of Nature Materials, a team of scientists reports that it has prodcued a dry, glueless adhesive that would allow humans to scurry across the...

I have many international friends and sometimes we banter about the differences between our countries. One of the more predictable jokes is that someone will ask why the crazy English system of measurements (pounds, miles, gallons, etc.) is still used...

 Babelfish Alert - Use at Your Own Risk (May 27, 2003 at 12:42 PM )
Drew (California) sends this warning. He ran a French recipe for potatoes and herring roe through Babelfish, the online translation software.Babelfish translated "passer cette creme a travers un chinois, rectifier l'assaisonnement" ("pass the cream through cheesecloth and correct the seasoning")...

 You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (May 24, 2003 at 12:39 PM )
If civil libertarians were bothered by cameras in public spaces using face recognition technology, wait until they understand what is coming. Some researchers have been working on a method to recognize people by their unique gaits. That is right, some...

 Go Out Tonight and FYI (May 15, 2003 at 12:53 PM )
If you have clear weather tonight, stay up and watch the lunar eclipse. As always, NASA has some interesting and useful information on the subject.Thanks for the comments on my last post. I'll revisit it next week, along with some...

 Only in America (May 12, 2003 at 5:57 PM )
On July 4, 2005, NASA will celebrate American Independence by smashing an expensive, tax-payer funded, 820 pound (370 kg) piece of high-tech hardware into Comet Tempel 1. These fireworks should be visible from Earth, maybe even with the naked eye....

 Good Luck to the Japanese (May 09, 2003 at 6:13 PM )
A Japanese space probe took off last Friday and should rendezvous with an asteroid in 2005. If all goes well, it will drop off a few asteroid samples on Earth in 2007. I am glad that other countries are making...

 Mirror Mirror on the Wall (April 29, 2003 at 4:40 PM )
Who is the web-savviest nation of them all? Not the United States, even though they held the title for three years running. Not Singapore, which was my guess (it is easy to run fiber optics over an entire island). According...

 Nuclear Power, Revisited (April 22, 2003 at 3:06 PM )
The International Atomic Energy Agency is the UN agency whose responsibilities include the development ofnuclear safety standards and, based on these standards, promotes the achievement and maintenance of high levels of safety in applications of nuclear energy, as well as...

 Alternative Power vs. Nuclear Power (April 17, 2003 at 6:31 PM )
One of the pleasures of blogging is that it promotes the free exchange of ideas amongst people with various perspectives. This post started out as a response to one of Dean's comments, but I wrote enough on the matter that...

 A Green Solution for Fuel (April 17, 2003 at 1:02 PM )
Check out Dean's World. Dean posted some very interesting links to some new innovations that turn biological waste products (unused turkey parts, sewage, etc.) into oil. It seems very promising.Make sure you read the comments. My blog time for today...

 Peaceful Use for Military Assets (March 31, 2003 at 10:33 AM )
Per NASA's request, US military resources will monitor future shuttle flights and make these space photographs available to NASA. This request stems from the loss of the Columbia. Until a replacement for America's aging space fleet is built, this seems...

 The King of Battle (March 26, 2003 at 5:39 PM )
One Hand Clapping has a nice piece on the importance of artillery in warfare. It is an interesting read (especially the comments) and I sent it to a friend of mine. Dave is a NCO in the U.S. Army Reserves...

 Incredible Precision (March 21, 2003 at 1:08 PM )
I was listening to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's briefing and some clueless reporter asked him if the US military could have picked less targets and been more precise. Rumsfeld stated thatEvery weapon was individually and specifically picked for its target....

 Graphical Physics Lesson (February 12, 2003 at 6:54 AM )
(Hat tip to Dean)If you have a high-bandwidth connection, you may be interested in seeing what happens to a crab under 2700 psi (normal conditions) when it encounters a 3 mm wide slit at 0 psi. Warning: PETA would not...

 Real Navy Seals (February 12, 2003 at 6:07 AM )
The Navy has dispatched some well-trained sea lions to help protect their ships. If any diver tries to approach an American ship – say to place an explosive under the hull – they may be in for the shock of...

 Man-Machine Finale (February 07, 2003 at 6:01 PM )
I “watched” the final game in real-time over the internet. Kasparov finished the six-game tournament with style. Despite playing black, Kasparov played to his strengths and went on the offensive after an early queen trade. After a rook sacrifice, he...

 Cloned Sheep Dies of Unknown Causes (February 07, 2003 at 2:11 PM )
Modern science brings us many new tools. Like traditional tools, they can be used for good or for evil. However, things are rarely this black and white to the user – especially before the results of using the tool are...

 Man-Machine Update (February 05, 2003 at 8:29 PM )
Kasparov and Deep Junior are both 1-1-3 now after playing to a draw today. The last game in their match will be played Friday. In the point system being used (1 point for a win, 1/2 point for a tie),...

 Man-Machine Update (February 04, 2003 at 2:56 AM )
Kasparov and Deep Junior are both 1-1-2 now after playing to a draw on Sunday. Two games remain in their match. In the point system being used (1 point for a win, 1/2 point for a tie), both players have...

 Good-bye Columbia and Crew (February 01, 2003 at 11:32 AM )
It is a sad day for Mankind. Seven astronauts died today due to a yet unknown problem with Columbia upon reentry. I heard a former shuttle astronaut remark that the Columbia had been slightly damaged upon liftoff when an object...

 Man-Machine Update (January 31, 2003 at 2:49 AM )
Kasparov and Deep Junior are both 1-1-1 now. Three games remain in their match....

 Really Candid Camera? (January 28, 2003 at 12:37 PM )
According to CBS News, some British scientists have invented a video lie detector. No wires, no mess - it just records a subject and uses software to analyze facial movements. I'm skeptical about it, but they claim to have an...

 Man-Machine Rematch is Disappointing (January 27, 2003 at 2:28 PM )
Gary Kasparov has been wanting a rematch againt Deep Blue ever since he lost in 1997. However, Deep Blue is no more since IBM had more important things to do than repeat a chess match. Instead Kasparov is playing against...

 NASA: Looking for a Good Teacher (January 27, 2003 at 11:22 AM )
Some hard working and lucky teacher may get a free trip to space. Interested applicants (or those wishing to submit nominations) should visit here....

 Perfume from Space (January 23, 2003 at 3:23 AM )
The Columbia is helping in the evaluation of a potential space-based business: perfumes. Apparently gravity affects the metabolisms of plants in (currently) unpredictable ways. One of the effects of this metabolism change is a change in fragrance. Perfume manufacturers are...

 

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