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  • Oct 13, 2014
    Commentary

    Polonium and settled science 1

    What's up with polonium and its half-life?...More
  • Sep 24, 2014
    Commentary

    Why Do Engineers Need the Cloud? 3

    Today’s typical engineering workstation boasts compute power beyond the dreams of the team behind NASA space missions of the 1960s and 1970s. And yet we can always use more. In fact, mechanical engineers will find creative ways to hog all the compute power you can throw at us. We need the cloud because it promises to provide a near-infinite amount of it....More
  • Sep 5, 2014
    blog

    6 Myths About Outer Space 3

    Everything you learned about space from movies and TV shows is likely wrong....More
  • Aug 26, 2014
    blog

    5 Myths About Plastic Water Bottles: Economical and Safe? Hardly 4

    Plastic water bottles: Economical and safe? Hardly...More
  • Aug 12, 2014
    Commentary

    Something Rotten in the Valley of Silicon

    What's going down in Silicon Valley: "Cool" companies show their true colors...More
  • Aug 11, 2014
    blog

    A billion here, a billion there...

    Everett Dirksen, the late Senator from Illinois, is famously quoted as saying, "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." Anyone who follows Washington politics is probably numb to the sums that kicked around and how much the government spends. But when you step back and look at the big picture, a billion is a really big number. Consider: If you earn $50,000 per year, it will take 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars....More
  • Jul 31, 2014
    blog

    The 7 Warning Signs of B(ogus) S(cience)

    For the past 17 years, Dr. Robert Park has been the leading force behind Quackwatch, a popular website that explores medical myths ranging from acupuncture to weight control gimmicks. He is also a professor of physics at the University of Maryland and director of public information for the American Physical Society. He developed a list of seven warning signs that indicate a claim is outside the bounds of scientific discourse and a good candidate for being a scam....More
  • Jul 28, 2014
    Commentary

    Boeing discriminating against older engineers? 1

    One union claims that Boeing is dismantling and disbursing their experienced commercial-engineering workforce for what seem to be “laughably superficial” business reasons … but the real reason it’s moving work to Russia, India, and domestic ‘centers of excellence’ — mostly non-union locations — is for the “wholesale purge of Boeing’s older workforce.”...More
  • Jul 25, 2014
    Commentary

    How to boost U.S. manufacturing jobs: Fake them 2

    Sometimes news coming out of Washington D.C. seems to defy common sense. At least that was my reaction to word about a proposal to call American firms that send production offshore “factoryless goods” producers. The problem is that if this idea gets implemented,  the value of U.S. brand-name products made elsewhere and imported here would be counted as manufacturing “services” imports, not imported goods. In other words, it would inflate figures for goods manufactured in the U.S....More

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