Archive for the 'Science & Technology' Category

HAPPY SOLSTICE, AND WHY TOMORROW’S
SUNRISE WILL BE LATER, NOT EARLIER…

December 21st, 2014

The Sun will come up here in Cleveland today at 0750. Yes, tomorrow will have more daylight than today (by a whole second, 9 hours and 11 seconds vs. 9 hours and 10 seconds), but earlier risers like myself don’t get the benefit of a longer day until 18 January when the Sun rises at […]

GEORGE CARLIN WAS RIGHT (AGAIN)…

September 4th, 2014

I have worked, and continue to work, with a number of students suffering from a wide range debilitating, and often deadly, allergies. Over the years I have asked the question: why so many children now? In conversations I have suggested, admittedly with tongue a bit in cheek, that George Carlin’s thesis, that we don’t work […]

BUSINESS: PROTECT US FROM THE FREE MARKET…!

August 31st, 2014

When they can’t compete, corporations scramble for government protection. The US telecoms industry called on the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to block two cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents. USTelecom, which represents telecoms giants Verizon, AT&T and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high-speed […]

WELL, THAT EXPLAINS THAT…

August 27th, 2014

Internet service was down for millions of Americans on Wednesday morning after cable company Time Warner suffered a major outage. The company, which has almost 12 million broadband subscribers nationwide, has acknowledged the fault, and says it is “working to restore services to all areas”, but has no estimated time of restoration. Buried at the […]

THE KIDS ARE SLEEPY…

August 25th, 2014

Many studies have documented that the average adolescent in the U.S. is chronically sleep-deprived and pathologically sleepy. A National Sleep Foundation poll found 59 percent of 6th through 8th graders and 87 percent of high school students in the U.S. were getting less than the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep on school nights. […]

SUGAR (LIKE SALT AND FAT) IS A POISON…

August 24th, 2014

[Dr. Robert] Lustig has spent the past 16 years treating childhood obesity. His meta-analysis of the cutting-edge research on large-cohort studies of what sugar does to populations across the world, alongside his own clinical observations, has him credited with starting the war on sugar. When it reaches the enemy status of tobacco, it will be […]

REDISCOVERING THE HERE AND NOW…

August 24th, 2014

Hmmm… This morning Garry Trudeau, Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman are in sync…

CUTE HACKING CAT VIDEOS…

August 16th, 2014

Many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites. People also think that the NSA and its international partners are the only ones who have turned the internet into a militarized zone. But according to research I […]

BRIGHT DIM IDEA USB LIGHTBULB…

August 12th, 2014

The Bright Idea USB Lightbulb is a good concept, but the execution falls flat. After less than 10 hours of use, the bulb suffers from an intermittent open that causes the light to blink erratically. I thought the problem might be in my computer’s USB ports—the design does put some stress on the connection—but I […]

EAT LESS, EXERCISE MORE, REPEAT…

August 7th, 2014

Prompted by a discussion on Mano Singham’s blog…

THE KILLER DISEASE DEADLIER THAN EBOLA…*

August 6th, 2014

Once again Americans, unable to understand basic science or threat analysis, are prepared to panic over a Black person killing them and those they love with the very scary (and very, very African) Ebola virus. I call bullshit. This was the poll question in my hometown newspaper yesterday: Are you worried a deadly disease such […]

NON-TECTONIC EVENTS AND FRACKING…?

July 26th, 2014

2008 and (mouse over) 2014 USGS maps of peak ground acceleration for 2-percent probability of exceedance in 50 years and VS30 site condition of 760 meters per second. This morning I’m looking at the United States Geological Service’s report: Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps and the first […]

THE FCC WILL FENCE IN THE COMMONS…

July 16th, 2014

You can count on the big carriers – the Comcasts and the Verizons – to churn up a propaganda storm in coming months, supplementing their mega-million-dollar lobbying campaign in Washington. There will be the usual statements, which often turn out to be misleading or outright false, from official spokespeople. But watch out for the less […]

I’M GOOD TO GO…

July 15th, 2014

The ever vigilant guard dog Buster (right) knows that Welshmen will not yield! Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage

DAN GILMORE GOING UNDER THE RADAR…

July 6th, 2014

“We are seeing an increase in walled gardens created by giants like Facebook and Apple,” said one of 1,400 respondents in a depressing new survey from Pew on the future of online liberty. “Commercialization of the internet, paradoxically, is the biggest challenge to the growth of the internet.” To me, it feels deeply wrong to […]

GIVING CANCERS MEASLES…

June 25th, 2014

TMhe notion of using viruses to attack cancer has been around nearly as long as we’ve known about viruses themselves. But several roadblocks– viruses attacking patients’ immune systems, or, not effectively targeting tumors–have led to slow growth in this area of research. Until now. Earlier this month, a team led by Dr. Stephen Russell at […]

TODAY’S CHRISTIANISTS WOULD AGREE CHUCK..

June 24th, 2014

Down. Bromley Kent Thursday My dear Sir I must write to thank you for your last letter; I to tell you how much all your views and facts interest me. I must be allowed to put my own interpretation on what you say of “not being a good arranger of extended views” which is, that […]

WHAT GOOGLE GLASS USERS REALLY WANT…

June 21st, 2014

LARKS VS. OWLS…

June 17th, 2014

In your 20s it’s more acceptable to leave a party because you want to eat a kebab rather than because you want to go to bed. In fact, it’s better to be leaving a party to steal your neighbour’s Amazon deliveries than to admit to being too tired to stay out. Because going to bed […]

CLUTCHING AT MAGICAL THINKING STRAWS…

June 14th, 2014

Some Muslims will never speak of “converts” but only “reverts” because they believe that everyone is born a Muslim, even if some babies have this truth hidden from them by their parents who tell them they’re Christians or atheists. And there’s a style of atheist rhetoric that makes exactly the same point. To take two […]

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