Monthly Archive: January 2020

An atomic marker hidden in plain sight

Most visitors will walk past 109 East Palace Avenue in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have no idea that they are passing the site that once served as Robert Oppenheimer’s office. By Larry Bleiberg, 29 January 2020 – In the courtyard of a …

The surprising history of the word ‘dude’

Many common terms in English have unexpected roots. Kelly Grovier explores the origins of seven words coined in art history, including the political meanings of ‘silhouette’ and ‘picturesque’, and how ‘mobile’ became ‘mob’. By Kelly Grovier – Which came first, the chicken or …

Why your zodiac sign is probably wrong

As the Earth orbits the Sun, the Sun appears to move through the ancient constellations of the zodiac. Tauʻolunga/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA.  By James Kaler, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – I was born a Capricorn (please don’t judge …

Kubota unveils radical autonomous electric tractor

By Ben Coxworth – The X tractor is being presented in commemoration of Kubota’s 130th year in business.  Kubota.   According to agricultural machinery manufacturer Kubota, there are now fewer farmers in Japan, trying to manage increasingly large amounts of land. With that problem …

Ocean temperatures hit highest levels ever recorded

By Nick Lavars – A new study has revealed not just how warm our ocean’s have gotten, but that they continue to do so at an accelerated pace.  Alebloshka/Depositphotos. Where some consequences of climate change are plain to see, like the bushfires currently ravaging …