Monthly Archives: July 2019

Ed Lorenz chats up three caterpillars.

(Exercising a smidgen of creative license) In 1961, Ed Lorenz went for a brief walk on the MIT campus while waiting for the computer to run a recalculation. He happened to spot three caterpillars making their way across the quad. … Continue reading

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Surviving the Plastocene.

Megatherium – the giant sloth – failed to survive the Pleistocene. Can we do a better job navigating the Plastocene? The bar might seem low – but the stakes are high, and, fact is, only time will tell. Some of … Continue reading

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Teaching global warming? Here’s help.

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” ― Lee Iacocca “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” ― Jacques … Continue reading

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Science and national interest.

“Be as shrewd as snakes, and as innocent as doves.” – Jesus (Matthew 10:16, NIV) “In capturing the rattler, to be fair, [Pecos Bill] gave it the first three bites.” – part of the legend of Pecos Bill Across the … Continue reading

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July 4, then and now.

“…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”  – concluding words of the Declaration of Independence Here’s … Continue reading

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