Posts Tagged: science

‘Azimuth’ via Wikipedia

via: Azimuth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An azimuth i/ˈæzɪməθ/; from Arabic السمت as‑samt, meaning “a way, a part, or quarter” is an angular measurement in a spherical coordinate system. The vector from an observer origin to a point of interest is projected perpendicularly onto a reference plane; the angle between the projected vector and

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Guinness World Record for largest kinetic tension experiment

Indianapolis teens Andre Jefferson and Miles Parnell set a world record Saturday, March 24, for the largest stick bomb, which is a mechanical spring-loaded device constructed out of flat sticks woven together under tension. A stick bomb works similarly to a line of dominoes; setting off the kinetic tension of the woven sticks causes them

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links for 2010-04-16

Hark, a vagrant: Tesla vs. Edison & Marconi Poor Tesla. Always getting kicked when he's down. (tags: comics science tesla edison marconi) Emo: Where the Girls Aren't by Jessica Hopper Awesome discussion of sexism in Emo music, and how women's experiences are devalued and women's voices ignored in music genres. (tags: music feminism culture criticism

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links for 2010-04-06

The Editor and the Curator (Or the Context Analyst and the Media Synesthete) | Tomorrow Museum Joanne McNeil takes to task the folks in new media for their (mis)use of the term "curate" and "curator" when they really are talking about content selection, content aggregation and context analysis. (tags: art language media internet curators curation)

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links for 2010-03-25

United States and Russia reach nuclear-arms deal – washingtonpost.com The United States and Russia have reached a deal on their most extensive nuclear arms-control agreement in nearly two decades, the Kremlin announced Wednesday. The pact appeared to represent President Obama's first victory in his ambitious agenda to move toward a nuclear-free world. (tags: news nuclear

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links for 2009-10-03

Wonkette : Deleted: ‘Peggy Noonan Will Educate The Young Princes, Now’ Ah, Wonkette, your commentors are a delight. (tags: funny) Where to buy? Battery for E-620 – Fourthirdsphoto Forum Bookmarking for future reference. I haven't run my current camera battery down, but I may need a replacement sometime soon. (tags: cameras) The Smoking Gun: Polanski

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Ada Lovelace Day – Blogging About Women in Technology

Who is Ada Lovelace? She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is today appreciated as the “first programmer” since she was writing programs–that is, manipulating symbols according to rules–for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability

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The Secret, Oprah, and the idea of “magical thinking”

Somewaterytart at Shakespeare’s Sister tackles the subject of the new DVD/Book “The Secret” that Oprah’s been touting. I’m inclined to agree with much of what she says. I first heard about the book from my mom, who works for Barnes and Noble, where the book is apparently flying off the shelves, so I resisted blurting

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Nature cannot be fooled

Richard Feynman’s famous conclusion to his report on the shuttle Challenger accident, which arose again in the Columbia accident, is “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” [cribbed from Edward Tufte.] Yeah, no shit. Someone should point this out to Bush, tout de suite.

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An Inconvenient Truth

We went to see “An Inconvenient Truth” over the weekend. You really want to see this movie. You may not know that you want to, but you do. You may be on the fence about the issue, or afraid that it’s boring, or unconcerned. You may think you disagree with the movie. Trust me. You

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Study: Lesbians’ Brains React Differently

Via Yahoo News: Lesbians’ brains react differently to sex hormones than those of heterosexual women, new research indicates. That’s in line with an earlier study that had indicated gay men’s brain responses were different from straight men — though the difference for men was more pronounced than has now been found in women. Lesbians’ brains

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Magnetic Knife

One day I was out to lunch with my co-workers and I picked up my knife to cut something, and the fork stuck to it. The knife was magnetic. But only the table knife, not the fork or the spoon. And my knife was the only one that way, no one else at the table

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A Call for More Scientific Truth in Product Warning Labels

by Susan Hewitt and Edward Subitzky As scientists and concerned citizens, we applaud the recent trend towards legislation that requires the prominent placing of warnings on products that present hazards to the general public. Yet we must also offer the cautionary thought that such warnings, however well- intentioned, merely scratch the surface of what is

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