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Not just another…

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…pretty face was Hedy Lamar,  an actress known more for her beauty than her range of acting skills.   What you should know her for is her grasp of science and technology.   If you use any sort of wireless communications,  you owe this  beautiful face  a big debt.

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November 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Low fat pigs…

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As much as I distrust China, it would be lovely if they are really onto something here.   I like my bacon crisp, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if it hit the skillet with a quarter less fat than usual?

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October 25, 2017 at 4:15 pm

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Blue tarantulas…

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India has some strange critters,  but these  bright blue spiders  might take the cake.   The species is currently found in only a 38 square-mile area of the country and is considered critically endangered due to loss of habitat. I would have guessed their conspicuous coloration was at least partly responsibly for their rarity,  but scientists say they don’t know yet.

 

 

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September 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

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Chasing the eclipse…

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Scientists are planning to  chase the  shadow of the moon using NASA’s research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the US,  to capture the clearest ever images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere.   They will be studying  the ionosphere,  among other things.  For those of us who will be earthbound for the event,  you can use  this site  to type in your zip code and discover when it will most impact your area.

Here is  some of  the gear you should have gotten.  Did you  get a telescope?   Or a  certified filter  for your camera?   Or will you just be in one of these  hot watch  spots?  If you  don’t have  the certified ISO glasses,  don’t look!   But there are other things you can do, laid  out here.

Traffic has  been awful  in many of the  best viewing  areas,  but none can beat South Carolina for maintaining a  sense of humor  about the entire affair.

While this eclipse is a  wondrous thing  to witness,   remember it’s just a business  opportunity  for some,  while it’s an event carrying different shades of meaning for many cultures,  including the Navajo.

You probably shouldn’t try tying the event to Trump supporters as the Boston  Globe did,  and you should definitely use care,  especially if you’re driving because some of those in traffic with you won’t be paying attention to the road.  There will be a plethora of pictures from a wide variety of sources,  so even if you can’t observe in real time,  you won’t miss a thing!

 

 

 

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August 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

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What would you expect?

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Seriously,  an alligator finds a dead human plane crash victim in the Everglades and a news chopper crew  is appalled   that the gator is taking advantage of the gift of a food source?   And the station’s managing editor thinks gators chew their food like dogs going after a bowl of kibble?    Where do these people come from?

 

 

 

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July 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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Snowflake society?

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Have we all become wimps,  or do we now have proof that being liberal or progressive makes people deeply unhappy and unable to cope?  I suggest the latter,  since we have decades of observing the self-torture those on the Left must suffer in order to hold to an ideology which demands that one eschew reason and logic.  That is one reason our liberal and progressive kin so often resort to violence  —  they simply can not cope with the strains of having to lie to themselves and everyone else.

So count me supremely unsurprised that Talkspace,  the online counseling service,  has seen a  big uptick  in usage,  especially by millennials,  who are true snowflakes,  having spent their lives receiving participation trophies and being coached to have superior self-esteem even when they had attempted little and accomplished nothing.   If you have spent your entire life avoiding reality,  the reality of President Trump is bound to be a severe  shock leading  to all sorts of unhinged behavior.

 

 

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May 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Twitter flu tracking…

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The genius scientists at the Centers for Disease Control are reduced to mining Twitter to  track flu  cases.   Will it reduce the number of cases the U.S. sees this year?  Will seeing where the illness moves to and at what speed result in a flu vaccine which actually works?   I very much doubt it.

 

 

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May 11, 2017 at 9:34 am

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