Monthly Archives: August 2014
The loud crickets chirping in unison tonight reminded me of A. E. Dolbear’s observation that crickets can tell you the current temperature. According to his classic 1881 communication: T = 50 + (N-40)/4 where N is the number of field cricket chirps per … Continue reading
More updates at ipadsfor6thgrade.wordpress.com, for those who are interested in the ongoing story of one Massachusetts school district’s mandatory adoption of individual iPads for 6th graders.
Rolf Dobelli has published a great book that will help you think more clearly about life, work. government — just about everything. The Art of Thinking Clearly is a collection of short three-page chapters describing 99 different cognitive biases that we humans suffer … Continue reading
Harvard researchers interested in creating self-assembling electromechanical systems are building miniature robots from a few motors, polystyrene sheets, and some paper. Inspired by origami and copying some of the properties of the kid’s toy Shrinky Dinks, the team created robots that start … Continue reading
In Minnesota, a contractor with an engineering background is almost finished printing a castle out of concrete, using a device he invented himself. Read the whole thing on 3dprint.com.
Mid-way through 2014, California currently leads the nation with $2.1 billion in National Institutes of Health (NIH) award funding, while Massachusetts and New York are ranked 2nd and 3rd, with about $1.4B each. Not surprisingly, Massachusetts — much smaller in … Continue reading