Monthly Archives: August 2012

Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong died this past Saturday, August 25, at age 82.  The astronaut, who made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was the first person to land on the moon. As commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Armstrong traveled 238,900 miles (10+05) to reach the 4.5 billion year-old satellite (10+09) on [...]

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The Smell of Fear

It turns out that the smell of fear is real.  A recent article in The New York Times addresses a new study on how the smell of fear effects “family dynamics behavior in Eurasian Rollers–spectacular Jay-sized birds…”  What scientists discovered only reinforces the growing evidence that animals–humans included–can smell each others’ fear.  The odor (which [...]

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A Powers-of-Ten Refreshment

Epicurious recently listed the mojito as one of its favorite summertime beverages.  Consider the ingredients of this Cuban cocktail through a powers-of-ten lens. Fresh lime juice In early 19th century Britain, sailors were required to consume a daily ration of lime juice to prevent scurvy, which is why British Navy men were known as “limeys.”  [...]

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Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars

On August 5, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet in what The New York Times calls “a flawless, triumphant technological tour de force.” It took the rover over eight months to make the 352-million-mile trip (10+08). In a recent video, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) details the final minutes of the rover’s [...]

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