Monthly Archives: March 2011

March 30: Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh!

Born 1853. No one has since filled these. A full-size photograph by Michael Weinberg Photography of this work may be seen here: Vincent van Gogh: Shoes, 1888 A tip of the beret to FamousBirthdays

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March 30: Happy Birthday, Jethro Tull!

    No, no, not those guys. This guy, the guy those guys were named after:   Baptized on this day in 1674, the real Jethro Tull was a very influential British agronomist who invented several farming tools, and promoted … Continue reading

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Hoverbots Playing Catch

Your robot overlords will play catch with you. If they’re not too busy. And if you ask. Nicely. These robots were made by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and use highly precise positioning sensors to … Continue reading

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Schott’s Vocab: The Pondonome Scores!

Ben Schott’s blog at The New York Times features a vocabulary contest each weekend. This last one: Bluetooth-Ache This weekend, co-vocabularists have generously proposed modern maladies. As ever, it’s the taking part that counts. The following took part especially well: … Continue reading

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Stunning Astronomy Picture of the Day

The astropic du jour is a gorgeous timelapse of the aurora over Norway. A must see.                   APOD: 2011 March 28 – Time Lapse Auroras Over Norway

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Cold Toles

  Click to see what’s behind the door. Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon on Note: from March 28.    

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The Quake: Tokyo Quiets Down

The giant TVs are silent, the neon lights dark and the bars of Tokyo half-empty. Two weeks after Japan’s deadly earthquake, the city that once never slept is learning to live with a new era of frugality. Many public escalators … Continue reading

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The Quake: The Reactors: A Status Report

CNN has an overview of what we know –and don’t know– about the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Status report: Reactor-by-reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant –

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Speaking of Meltdown: Arctic Ice Reaches Maximum, Begins Seasonal Melt

On March 7, 2011, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.64 million square kilometers (5.65 million square miles). The maximum extent was 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average … Continue reading

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Red River Rising

Well, not yet, but soon. This year’s record snowpack fell on saturated frozen ground. If spring rains melt it all at once, residents along the Red will face record-breaking floods. There is a huge amount of snow on the ground … Continue reading

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