Chemical Brothers

“The Lunatics, as they occasionally dubbed themselves, lived in an age when the magic of science gripped the popular imagination. Crowds flocked to demonstrations of newly discovered forces like “ELECTRICITY”?in the words of one advertisement, “that branch of Philosophy which engrosses so much Conversation everywhere.” Using strange-looking contraptions, showmen conjured “lightning” inside huge glass globes, or conducted electrical charges through volunteers’ bodies. One electrified boy was suspended sideways above a…

Laptops Win Over the Skeptics, Even in Maine

“Attendance is up. Detentions are down. Just six months after Maine began a controversial program to provide laptop computers to every seventh grader in the state, educators are impressed by how quickly students and teachers have adapted to laptop technology.” Sarah Mahoney –Laptops Win Over the Skeptics, Even in MaineNY Times) According to the article, the plan was instigated as a way to draw buisiness to Maine, at a time…

Hello, Tech Designers? This Stuff is Too Small.

“We struggle with what we own today. Our fingers are already too thick and clumsy to stab the buttons on our gadgets, and, as our eyes age, we squint even harder to see the shrinking screens on our stuff.” Jefferson Graham –Hello, Tech Designers? This Stuff is Too Small.USA Today) Maybe by the time today’s designers start losing their eyesight, they will be motivated to design new methods of treating…

Better Living Through Chemistry

“In much of the world, after all, the popular conception of DDT is of a dangerous and toxic chemical that pollutes water and poisons the food chain; in the United States, DDT is remembered as the pesticide that helped put bald eagles on the endangered species list. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the popular conception is wrong. Older studies on the effects of DDT have been…

Handy [Writing] Job Hunter

“Most writing-oriented sites are focused on one area — genre fiction, magazine writing, book publishing, newspaper journalism, etc. — ignoring the basic fact that many full-time freelancers need to multitask to earn a liveable income.” Mike Arnzen –Handy [Writing] Job HunterGorelets)