Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Antennas We live in a time when the Radio Frequency (RF) environment is becoming increasingly congested. In order for radio signals to travel they require antennas. As I tap this out, the antenna on my computer is exchanging information with an access point, that point is connected by more antennas to what we have come to know as the internet. Television viewing, radio listening, require antennas as do wireless telephonephones, as do cordless telephones. We cannot put an exact time when the aeriel first appeared, but, conveniently, let us say with Marconi at the beginning of the twentieth... Read More
Two whales that lost their way more than ten days ago are now circling near a Sacramento River bridge about 70 miles from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. At first, scientists suggested banging pipes underwater to scare the whales toward the ocean, but that hasn’t seemed to move them. Now experts have come up with a second method that they’re confident will work. “We’ve decided to really frighten and disgust the whales, so that they’ll leave this river and never came back,” said Hemma Rhoidal, spokesperson for WAPT (Whales Are People Too), an organization that assists whales... Read More
Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Alabama, once the world's largest, suffered a setback today (5/24/2007) after its Unit 1 reactor was shutdown due to a hydraulic fluid leak. All three of the units at Browns-Ferry were shut down in 1985 after one of the nation's worst nuclear accidents in history. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns the plant, spent six years refurbishing one reactor under strict scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and reopened a second in 1995; Unit 1 was approved for restart on May 15, 2007 by the NRC. The restart of Unit 1 has been hailed as a triumph... Read More
According to the LiveScience website today (5/23/2007), professor Mark Brosnan has concluded that students with longer index-fingers-than-ring-fingers can expect to score higher on the verbal/reading/writing portions of the SAT than on the verbal/reading/writing portions, and children with longer ring fingers than index fingers will likely score higher on the math sections of the exam. Professor Brosnan teaches psychology at the University of Bath; that begs the question what was he doing when he decided such a topic deserved study. It is not particularly news that the difference in length between... Read More
I have a chart on the mirror in my bathroom to motivate me to exercise. The chart is a list of reasons to exercise. Sometimes it works and I go out running or walking and sometimes I try to avoid eye to paper contact. I’m actually fortunate. I’m lean even if I don’t exercise. Notice I said “lean” and I didn’t say “healthy”. Because I’m not overweight, I can convince myself that I don’t need to exercise, well, unless I focus on the backside jiggling. According to the latest research, however, I could be fat on the inside. Doctors are now taking a look at internal fat around... Read More
At 32 feet across, 109 feet deep and completed in 1888, the world's largest hand dug well can be found in my home state of Kansas. Unfortunately, the little town which used that well as its water supply is almost completely gone -- except for the local pub. The town of Greensburg, Kansas had little else to draw attention to it except for the well. It was a nice little tourist stopover left from the days before Interstate 70 connected Kansas City with Denver. The well was so large, that a system of stairs were built inside to allow people to walk down to the water level, fill their buckets... Read More
A couple of months ago I was the victim of a very nasty little computer bug that all but destroyed my computer. The virus was so insidious that it killed my CD-DVD drive, my hard drive, and it somehow severed the connection between the motherboard and the RAM memory. Even after I would delete everything and restore my computer to its factory specifications the virus would somehow remain in the registry and continue its nefarious activities. I tried everything. Finally, I had to pony up and fork over nearly $400 to completely replace parts and literally burn my hard drive clean. So now that... Read More

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