Category: Etc.

Game 7

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Game 7 in the World series. What could be more. Doesn’t matter if it’s your team. You know these teams have clawed their way to a tie. If that doesn’t get you in your seat at game time, you are just not a baseball fan. Colavito? The billy goat? One of them is going down […]

Bring on the Olympic Swag

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OLYMPIC.ORG | In time-honoured tradition, collectors and sports fans keen to get their hands on mementoes from the first ever Olympic Games to take place in South America have no shortage of specially designed memorabilia to choose from.

Seriously?

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I enjoy a good technological innovation as much as the next guy. But delivery droids that look like coolers on wheels? Being tested in DC? Seriously?

IEEE Medal of Honor to Dresselhaus

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In June, Professor Mildred Dresselhaus will formally receive the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor for her leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering. She is the first woman to receive the organisation’s highest honor since its inception in 1917. | Scientific American Blog

Extreme Condition Marine Tech

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Tomorrow’s maritime technology must be able to handle extreme conditions during Arctic and deep-water operations. A new research centre designed to develop these technologies holds promise for Norwegian industry. | GEMINI

Octopus Limbs

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How do octopuses keep track of their 8 limbs? Researchers have discovered that secret behind an octopus’s dexterity comes from the radial symmetry of its legs. Check it out! | News from Science

Epitome of Unintended Consequences

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I recently switched car insurance companies. I was happy with the rate I got. Soon after, I received a device to monitor my driving in the event that I wanted to try to qualify for a discount on my rate. I did not care about trying for a discount so I ignored the device – […]

Weight or PSI

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I was thinking about it last night. Are the game balls weighed or is the psi of the game balls checked before the game and again at half time? Think of the tires on your car. You don’t weigh those. You use a pressure gauge to check the psi to see if they’re properly inflated. I checked, and that’s precisely what the […]

Tom Brady-ism

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It’s possible if you are not from New England, that you don’t quite get the thing with Tom Brady. The fact is, he’s not just revered – he’s idolized. From when you’re a kid, the Patriots are the team and since the 2000 season or so, Brady has been the quarterback. Watching him throw is a pleasure and the […]

Why Deflate a Football

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If you’re a Pats fan, you’re used to dubious behavior on the part of a team that’s good enough – absolutely – to have no need for dubious behavior. Especially in the weeks before the Super Bowl, claims of dubious behavior – aka cheating – are the last thing you want to hear. Yet here […]

Biogeochemistry

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Yes. You read that correctly. Bio – life; Geo – pertaining to the earth; Chemistry – structures, properties, and related changes. You also understood what biogeochemistry is about if it sounds like the term refers to bits of many things that are vital to life on our planet. Let’s take a closer look at the […]

Q&A Penguins

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I’ve just been reading a fantastic book about penguins. Smithsonian Q&A Penguins by Lloyd Spencer Davis has everything I’ve been wondering about. It’s written in accessible language. It’s also fun to read. I’ve read a lot about marine mammals, and I was wishing there was a similar volume that included penguins. The best I could […]

Crittercam

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National Geographic has a terrific device known as the Crittercam. The penguin on the left is wearing one. He’s not the only animal that has. It’s been worn by a variety of animals, including humpback whales and a bear cub. The idea for the Crittercam came to marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall in 1986. […]

Fans: Yankees vs Mets

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So which is better? To be a Yankees fan or a Mets fan? As a lifelong Yankees fan, there’s no doubt in my mind which is best. NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet is a lifelong Mets fan. Here’s Baseball’s Chief Geek’s hilarious explanation of why it’s healthier and more productive to be a Mets fan. “I tell people […]

Bukiet Baseball Model

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How does NJIT Professor Bruce Bukiet’s baseball projection model work? Baseball’s Chief Geek and I discussed what it takes – in terms of logic and computing time – to model a baseball game. We also discussed the difficulty of modeling baseball compared to sports like basketball or football. It’s to Bukiet’s credit, and talent in […]

Play Ball!

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It’s Opening Day! The start of the baseball season. What could be more? For the rest of the week, I’ll be posting excerpts from an interview I had with NJIT Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bruce Bukiet, aka Baseball’s Chief Geek. He’s a mathematician with a bias toward math with a purpose. His annual projections […]

Baby Bloomer

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“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax– Of cabbages–and kings– And why the sea is boiling hot– And whether pigs have wings.” My aspirations are not nearly so noble. I just want to talk about HYDROPONIC GARDENING. I have tried to grow lettuce for years. Each time […]

KidSci: Seasons

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Try this interactive activity from Scientific American to see how the seasons work!   Source: Scientific American Science Buddies More seasonal stuff: Why is Summer Hot? Summer in the US – Winter in Australia

Innovation: Zipper

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Innovators amaze me. The people who look at a take-out coffee cup and visualize a way to standardize the openings and lids. The people who realize a bit of sticky substance on a slip of paper can solve an everyday problem. The people who take a zipper and make it more!