Tag Archive for Science

70K of Memory and 22.4 Watts

Absolutely amazing. Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager’s Vintage Tech Keeps Running – Wired Science: “The computers aboard the Voyager probes each have 69.63 kilobytes of memory, total. That’s about enough to store one average internet jpeg file. The probes’ scientific data…

One of My Favorite Apollo Pics, Water Egress Practice …

Chuck Maddox would have liked this. Photo-s66-51581: S66-51581 (June 1966) — Prime crew for the first manned Apollo mission practice water egress procedures with full scale boilerplate model of their spacecraft. In the water at right is astronaut Edward H. White (foreground)…

How Does Voyager 1 Phone Home?

From Wikipedia. Voyager 1 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Voyager 1 spacecraft is a 722 kg (1,590 lb) space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977 to study the outer Solar System and interstellar medium. Operating for 35…

Is “Ocean Acidification” The New Climate Change?

Remember when we had acid rain, honeybee colony collapse disorder, mullets, holes in the ozone layer, Alar, mutated frogs, restless leg syndrome, and more recently, climate change (née global warming)? Well, lately I’ve been seeing references to “ocean acidification.” Seems popular. Ocean acidification…

Two Inside Looks At NASA …

These are fun. Going boldly: Behind the scenes at NASA’s hallowed Mission Control Center – Ars Technica: HOUSTON, TEXAS—Astronauts have been saying “Houston” into their radios since 1965. The callsign refers in general to the Johnson Space Center in Texas,…

Quick Book Review: The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

I just finished reading The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley. It certainly seems like Matt Ridley is the intellectual heir to Julian Simon. Ridley makes a strong case that not only aren’t things that bad, there’s historically quite good, and the prospects…

Why The Rise In Autism and Food Allergies?

Matt Ridley‘s idea here is definitely provocative, but I can’t help think there might very well be something to it. Matt Ridley on ‘An Epidemic of Absence’ – WSJ.com: Your great-grandparents faced infectious diseases that hardly threaten you today: tuberculosis, polio,…

Global Warming, Science, and Public Policy

Another good one from Steven Horwitz. This is a fantastic and brief read. In short, he makes two points: 1. You can concede that global warming is happening, and still have a legitimate disagreement over the popularly prescribed solutions. Disagreeing…

The Body Count of Rice Red Tape

This is nothing less than disgraceful. Matt Ridley on the Copenhagen Consensus, Rice and Red Tape – WSJ.com: The evidence for micronutrients has been getting stronger. Studies from Guatemala, following up children for 30 years, find that good early nutrition…