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Faster than a speeding bullet and more dangerous than a locomotive, the damaged 8.5-ton Chinese space station is set to plummet to earth within the... [Read More]
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The National retailer, Claire's, has pulled some of its makeup products off the shelves, due to reports of cancer-producing asbestos. The company quietly announced the... [Read More]
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In a story reported by Time magazine recently a group of American diplomats in Havana, Cuba suffered severe and unexplained hearing loss over the past... [Read More]
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I can always tell when winter is approaching. The trees lose their leaves, the nights are getting nippy, and Amber, my daughter calls me over... [Read More]
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The cataclysmic merger of two neutron stars and the detection of visible light as they struck last week prompted someone to ask me if there... [Read More]
Not many people know this but for some reason, early Volkswagens flooding the United States in the late 1950s did not have a fuel gauge.... [Read More]
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Using a Gilbert Chemistry set to generate oxygen was a snap. Following directions from the "Golden Book of Chemistry," I would mix hydrogen peroxide and... [Read More]
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As a teenager, receiving a JC Whitney catalog in my mailbox was always an exciting event. They had everything imaginable for your car and at... [Read More]
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At this time of year we complete my Physics 107 class with two very interesting experiments. One deals with the calculation of the radioactive half... [Read More]
In my Physics 100 class at Great Basin College I do a demonstration that amazes students when we get to the chapter on magnetism. In... [Read More]
In my Applied Math and Science 320 course at GBC we perform an interesting and fun experiment that investigates the transfer of thermal energy by... [Read More]
Last week we discussed the invention of the Styrofoam coffee cup as a vast leap up in the take-out food business. There are many other... [Read More]
Some subtle changes have occurred in the way we ship, pack, or carry out items in the last fifty years. Grabbing a take-out cup of... [Read More]
On February 4, 1941, Roy Plunkett, a chemist for the Kinetic Chemical Company, received a U.S. patent for "Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers," now known under the trade... [Read More]
A cyclotron is a type of particle accelerator invented by Ernest O. Lawrence. It operates on the principle that a charged particle accelerates outwards from... [Read More]
In the past two columns we have explored the concepts behind color vision and color printing using the subtractive CYM process, the technique a printer... [Read More]
According to Empedocles, a Greek philosopher, scientist and healer who lived in Sicily in the fifth century BC, all matter is comprised of four elements.... [Read More]
Back in the early 1980s, being a newly minted electrical engineer I took a job at the Megavolt Corporation, a manufacturer of large high voltage... [Read More]
Sometimes you have to think outside the box. What better example of this than a recent paper published by Dimitra Atri, a research scientist at... [Read More]
While teaching the first couple of weeks in September I usually dress lightly, choosing my thinnest short sleeve shirts. It can get pretty hot on... [Read More]
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