Archives for December 23, 2009

Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices — the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new.

Wed – 15:40: No snow yet. Wed – 15:55: Flurries, a little wind. Wed – 17:01: Roads are being glazed, numerous accidents reported. Wed – 18:08: Going out to check out the weather, buy ingredients for hot dish. And replacement cookies : ( Wed – 19:30 (32F): Ack…. I lost an entry. I’ll reconstruct it…

Here in Minnesota, we don’t get much snow. Minnesotans THINK they get lots of snow, because Minnesota is thought of as a wintry state. But the snowfall here is moderate, not great, in a typical year. If Minnesota were snowy, and Minnesotans could handle that, it would be hard to explain the 400 or so…

Who has a higher IQ, cats or dogs?

The eternal question … answered.

Why Greenhouses have nothing to do with the Greenhouse Effect, and more importantly, why CAN’T I microwave toast? A greenhouse is a glass house sealed to keep air in but made of glass allow sunlight in. This sunlight contributes to the heat in the greenhouse by warming the ground or other material in the greenhouse,…