Category Archives: Editorials

Selected in-depth publications

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Floor

Is something wrong with this picture?  Are we really that superstitious? Statistically speaking, the answer is no, we are not. A 2007 USA TODAY/Gallup Poll suggested a large majority of Americans — 87% — would be comfortable with a 13th-floor … Continue reading

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The Roman Holiday

Recently, I posted this short story about a train in Japan leaving its station 20 seconds earlier and all of the embarrassment that transpired. Since then, I have spent 10 days in Italy and can report a very different treatment of time in … Continue reading

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The Japanese Tragedy

On November 14, 2017, a terrible event (by Japanese standards) took place on a railroad: a train left Minami-Nagareyama station 20 seconds ahead of schedule! When the company noticed, it began to panic and issued an apology to the offended … Continue reading

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Altered Carbon and the Troubled Future

The new Netflix TV Series Altered Carbon will attract lots of Science Fiction fans, including me.  My first impression, after watching six episodes, is, generally, positive.  I still prefer Stranger Things by a wide margin (and look forward to its … Continue reading

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Top 10 largest producers of CO2 emissions worldwide

This is an “anti-rating”: being the first on this list is bad. These are the top 10 producers of CO2 emissions worldwide in 2016 (likely, 2017 as well), based on their share of global CO2 emissions. C’mon, China-US-India-Russia-Japan, control your … Continue reading

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New Developments in Bionic Technology

This is a nice overview of a recent development…  However, a story I find really interesting starts at 4:40.  The video talks about Rebekah Marine, a model who was born without a forearm and is using a high-tech prosthetic hand … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the Good Days (An Optimist’s View 2)

I initially posted this on February 6, 2017.  Even considering all the recent geopolitical events, I still hope I am right… I found a summary that tells us a story of technology, the development of weapons, human hopes, and human fears. … Continue reading

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