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Written By: grant on November 2, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Submarine Reactor</i>, by Webber, 2007.

How the submarine goes.

Found on Wikimedia Commons.

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Written By: grant on August 17, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: Excerpt from <i>The Arabic Machine Manuscript</i>.


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This mysterious water-driven machine is from a mysterious Arabic manuscript, somewhere between 200 and 500 years old. The whole document is full of mechanisms with scoops and gears and vats and water. It’s part of the Max Planck Digital Library collection but I found it on The Public Domain Review.

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Written By: grant on August 3, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Stephenson’s Patent</i>, 1850.


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From The Principles and Practice and Explanation of the Machinery of Locomotive Engines in Operation, found on archive.org.

The book seems to be part of an 1850 re-printing of Thomas Tredgold’s 1827 masterwork… (deep breath)… The steam engine : comprising an account of its invention and progressive improvement; with an investigation […]

Written By: grant on July 27, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>The Englishman Watt wanted to make a steam engine…</i>, 1873.

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Translation: The Englishman Watt wanted to make a steam engine. He spent so much time on it that he upset his aunt. Finally, however, he was successful.

From Public Domain Review‘s collection of prints of Western inventors, artists and scholars produced by the Japanese Department of Education.

In part, to demonstrate […]

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Written By: grant on July 25, 2014 No Comment

Investors are (quietly, says Scientific American) lining up support for companies figuring out the ins and outs of nuclear fusion:

…[T]he fragments of information that have filtered out make it clear that the building houses one of the largest fusion experiments now operating in the United States. It is also one of the most unconventional. […]

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Written By: grant on July 9, 2014 No Comment

The Guardian has more on the power-station throwdown in which solar power is winning the race:

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day.

For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered […]

Written By: grant on June 27, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American lauds the state long linked with oil money for breaking wind power production records:

The Lone Star State hit “peak wind” at 8:48 p.m. on March 26, when the state’s wind farms produced 10,296 megawatts of electricity. At that moment, wind turbines provided enough electricity to supply power for 29 percent of the […]

Written By: grant on May 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Something Missing.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Man prefers $50 3-D printed hand to $42,000 prosthetic”, Washington Post, 23 April 2014, as used in the post “A $50 home-printed hand beats a $42,000 prosthetic.”.

ABSTRACT: Sometimes the words all fall […]

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Written By: grant on May 8, 2014 No Comment

Washington Post explores the friendship between Jeremy Simon, a 3D-printer “tinkerer” and Jose Delgado, a 53-year-old man who was born without a hand… and who prefers Simon’s “Cyborg Beast” to the pretty (but not so functional) myoelectric hand:

With a 3-D printer and $50 worth of materials, Simon made Delgado a hand that Delgado […]

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