Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Worf Gets No Respect

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Concorde Afterburners

Something cool I learned in class this week: Did you know that the Concorde is the only civil airliner with a ‘military style’ afterburner system? It was installed to produce more power, providing 6,000 lb of thrust per engine at take off (creating a lot of extra noise as well).

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Kitt Peak



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From the archives, September 2009
Kitt Peak National Observatory

S&T Policy in the Presidential Election

The Michigan primary is just around the corner (February 28) and the political ads are starting to spread like wildfire. If you’re looking for more information on the candidates’ views, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has a great resource. Their 2012 Election page summarizes each candidate’s position on various science and technology issues, including energy policy, science education, and health care.

It’s definitely worth at least taking a glance to help you make a more informed decision. For instance, I had no idea that Santorum doesn’t believe in human-caused climate change (he argues that the “junk science” is just an excuse for more government control), or that Romney supports funding ARPA-E for alternative energy research.

Detroit Auto Show

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View from the Volkswagen lounge on the second-to-last day of NAIAS 2012.

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Six of the Oldest Trees in the World

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If you don’t already follow Mental Floss, I highly recommend adding them to your favorite RSS reader. They recently posted a fascinating article on some of the oldest trees in the world — some as old as 9,550 years. Not only do they have interesting names like¬†Methuselah, Old Tjikko, and the¬†Zoroastrian Sarv, but they have great histories as well. If only these trees could talk!

Read the entire article here.