SR-71 Blackbird: Insider’s Story

The article below is a great inside story about the high-flying SR-71 Blackbird.  Thanks to Joe Knecht for forwarding… In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers at a Berlin disco, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi’s

Maximum Brain Power in One Location

I came across an article about the 1927 Solvay International Conference on Physics. This conference brought together the world’s most notable physicists (Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Bohr, Planck, Curie, Einstein, etc. — see thumbnail below).   To give you an idea of the

Bribing the Professor

One day, a professor was giving a big test to his students. He handed out the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in. The professor

Men Reveal Aggressive Tendencies

An article in New Scientist details that a man’s potential aggression is revealed in the shape of his face… A study of male ice-hockey players (of course!) suggests that to gauge a man’s aggression levels, you just have to look at

Marriage is Good for Your Health

Update –  OK, here is a good example of confusion in health research…  A study reported in New Scientist suggests that men from polygamous cultures outlive those from monogamous ones.    Hmm, I guess it’s not a total contradiction.  Marriage is good for

The Engineer’s Invoice

There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were

Energy Cost Crisis

I’ve previously noted that there is no such problem known as an energy crisis… it’s better to describe it as an energy cost crisis.  I came across an article in ExtremeTech where the author discusses his experiences in converting his home to solar