Web Mechanic

Document Base [83]

  1. 20 Things You Didn't Know About Glaciers
    Jonathan Keats
    Discover [NO 11-04] (2020)

    Some surprising things about glaciers.
  2. A New You In 80 Days
    Mark Fischetti
    Scientific American [AP 04] (2021)

    The human body, composed of some 30 trillion cells, needs constant maintenance. Here's the schedule.
  3. A Partly True Story
    Ian Stewart
    Scientific American [ FE 02] (1993)

    The 'Recreational Mathematics' column always has interesting and sometimes humorous anecdotes about mathematics.
         Fuzzy Logic,Mathematics
  4. A Profound Plan
    Mary Ellen Hannibal
    Science [OC 10] (2020)

    Rejecting piecemeal strategies, a conservationist encourages total ocean protection.
         Marine Conservation,Oceanography
  5. A Technology of Kinetic Art
    George Rickey
    Scientific American [FE 02] (1993)

    The delicate interplay of weights and balances choreographs the author’s sculptures so that the gentlest gusts of air set their parts in motion.
  6. All Puffed Up
    Matthias Hein
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [57] (2020)

    Various techniques have been put in place to minimize traffic bottlenecks from bufferbloat, which impedes TCP/ IP traffic and makes life difficult, especially for real-time applications like voice or video.
         Computer Networks,Network Security,TCP/IP Bufferbloat,TCP/IP Maintenance
  7. Alphabet Cities
    Emily Wright
    Wired [JA 01-02] (2018)

    Connected districts, built using inhabitants’ data, are Silicon Valley’s next big disruption.
         Smart City,Urban Design
  8. Apple's E-car
    AppleMagazine [JA 01-15] (2021)

    Apple has begun development of their first electric vehicle.
         Artificial Intelligence
  9. Attack of The Zombie Maker
    Kenneth C. Catania
    Scientific American [FE 02 324 #2] (2021)

    The emerald jewel wasp is a cockroach's worst nightmare.
  10. Bitcoin's Massive Rise
    AppleMagazine [JA 01-15] (2021)

    An interview with co-portfolio manager Mike Venuto, who manages a $391 million dollar fund. He discusses the recent rise of Bitcoin, and it's possible future.
         Bitcoin,Computer Networks
  11. China's Data Privacy Paradox
    Karen Hao
    MIT Tech. Review [SE-OC 09-10] (2020)

    Concerning the human rights of China's citizens. On one side is the Chinese Political Party with their strengthened consumer privacy and on the other is ramped up state surveillance.
         China,Privacy,Smart City,Surveillance
  12. Compost Your Body
    Britta Lokting
    MIT Tech. Review [NO-DE 11-12] (2020)

    A radical method of dealing with your body once you are dead.
  13. Context Is Key to Olfaction
    John P. McGann
    Science [ JL 07] (2020)

    How we experience smell has more to do with us than with the odor itself.
  14. Covid-19's AI Revolution
    Sandy Ong
    New Scientist [OC 10-10] (2020)

    Automation was already taking over jobs, but the coronavirus pandemic is hugely accelerating the trend. Should we be worried?
         Artificial Intelligence,Coronavirus Pandemic
  15. Crimes Against Nature
    Graham Lawton
    New Scientist [MY 05-8] (2021)

    Essay about 'ecocide' - the wilful human destruction of the environment.
         Culture,Ecocide,Environment,Marine Conservation,Pollution,Species Conservation,Urban Development,Waste Recycling
  16. Crystal Colony
    Jennifer Walter
    Discover [OC 10] (2020)

    Sometimes nature mimics nature - even if it’s not a conscious effort. Such is the case with a genus of stingless bees called Tetragonula, native to Southeast Asia and Australia. Their mesmerizing spiral or target-shaped hives follow the mathematical principles that shape crystals.
  17. Curves of Constant Width
    I.M. Yaglom;V.G. Boltyanskiǐ
    Convex Figures [Unknown] (1961)

    A chapter from the book. These are curves that can be placed inside a square and rotated while still touching all 4 sides. Some applications include manhole covers; internal combustion engines; film projectors.
         Geometry,Mathematics,Reuleaux Triangle
  18. DDoS State Of Affairs
    Eric Osterweil;Angelos Stavrou;Lixia Zhang
    IEEE Computer [JL 07] (2020)

    The Internet’s features and capacity have evolved, but is the nature of its security noticeably better? We examine the fundamental nature of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and the state of the union of our defenses in today’s DDoS wars.
         Computer Networks,Network Security
  19. Delta-8-THC
    Troy Farah
    Discover [MY 05] (2021)

    This THC relative of Delta-9-THC may be a better choice for those seeking less anxiety, less sedating, and more clear-headedness. Though not clinically trialed or peer-reviewed, Harvard Medical School physician Peter Grinspoon says '...it's been shown that there's a difference.'
         Marijuana,Medicinal Plants
  20. Digital Ethics
    Luciano Floridi
    American Scientist [American Scientist] (2021)

    We now live in digital and physical spaces simultaneously. Grappling with these complex ideas and ethical dilemmas will help us to build a stronger future.

    To navigate the digital world ethically, we must build a framework for weighing privacy, innovation, human rights, discrimination, and more.

         Artificial Intelligence,Computer Technology,Culture,Ethics,Philosophy
  21. Double-edged Sword
    Rainer W. Gerling
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [56] (2020)

    DNS encryption offers WiFi users good protection in public spaces; however, in the enterprise, it prevents the evaluation and filtering of name resolution.
         Computer Networks,DNS Encryption,DNS Maintenance
  22. Engineering A Culture of Privacy
    Peter B. Kosmala
    IEEE Consumer Electronics [FE 02-07] (2020)

    When Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian first proselytized the concept of “Privacy by Design (PbD)” in the mid-1990s it was as much a siren call to the IT industry as it was a tacit admission of the limits of her own enforcement power as a data protection authority (DPA).
         Network Privacy
  23. Enter The Axion
    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
    American Scientist [] (2021)

    A new fundamental particle could solve a major puzzle in particle physics, and also explain the nature of the dark matter that permeates the universe.
         Cosmology,Dark Matter,Physics
  24. Evolving Evolution
    New Scientist [SE 09-26] (2020)

    Our modern conception of evolution which started with Charles Darwin and his idea of natural selection is changing, as discoveries in genetics, epigenetics, developmental biology and other fields lend a new complexity and richness to our greatest theory of nature.
  25. Faux Flowers
    Scientific American [AP 04] (2021)

    This fungus, Fusarium xyrophilum, infects a Xyris plant and sterilizes it to block the plant's own blooms.
  26. Feeling Queasy
    Helen Thompson
    New Scientist [AU 08-22] (2020)

    Motion sickness has tormented us for centuries, but its cause has been a mystery. Now we’re finally making sense of this age-old problem.
         Human Balance,Human Vestibular System,Motion Sickness
  27. Finding Reconciliation
    Christopher Moore
    Canada's History [2020 DE 12-2021 JA 01] (2021)

    Examines the question of whether non-Indigenous Canadians are able or ready to accept the notion that the land and resources are to be shared by all. 'The Indian Act', 'The Gradual Civilization Act','British North America Act', and several Treaties are presented against the actions of Canadian governments.
         Canada,Culture,First Nations
  28. Fleet of Foot
    Matthias Hein
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [57] (2020)

    The 802.11ax WiFi 6 standard promises to solve the congestion problems experienced with older standards by applying successful and practical solutions used by LTE technology.
         Wi-Fi Networking
  29. Flock Exchange
    Lough Ennel
    BBC Science Focus [AP 04] (2021)

    An image of a huge flock of starlings known as a 'murmuration'. The flock behaves almost as a unit in its twists and conformations.
         Biology,Camouflage,Communication,Murmuration,Situational Awareness,Species Conservation
  30. Ground Rules for Ethical Ecology
    Michael Paul Nelson
    American Scientist [] (2021)

    The overlapping ecological crises humanity currently faces - climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, to name a few, are moral and ethical as well as scientific problems.

    The relationship between science and ethics is complicated, thorny, and often misunderstood, but we need both scientific facts and ethical arguments to address these crises.

  31. Have A Nice Trip
    Rachel Feltman
    Popular Science [Spring (293.1)] (2021)

    The author describes a treatment for PTSD involving ketamine. Other drugs such as LSD, mescaline, psilocybin are discussed as treatments for various psychological symptoms.
  32. How Hollywood Set Designers Hid America's WW2 Aircraft Factories
    Cory Graff
    Popular Mechanics [NO-DE 11-12] (2020)

    The art and science of camouflage had infatuated Colonel John F. Ohmer Jr. for years. After joining the Army in 1938, he combined his love of magic and photography to find inventive ways to fool the eye and the lens.
  33. How To Save Planet Earth
    Timothy Meinch
    Discover [MY/JE 05/06] (2021)

    Five experts weigh in to discuss the 'weight' of the stuff we buy. Food, clothing, appliances all have a trail of resources needed to produce that product and get it to you. If we were more aware of those costs it may change our behavior and buying choices to reduce our carbon footprint.
         Culture,Ecology,Environment,Pollution,Urban Development
  34. Icarus, Or The Future Of Science
    Bertrand Russell
    Unknown [Unknown] (1924)

    An essay discussing the possible future use of scientific knowledge and the reasons for it under current conditions.
         Anthropology,Biology,Culture,Evolution,Intelligence,Political Science,Science
  35. It Looks Like COVID. It's Not
    Claudia Wallis
    Scientific American [FE 02 324 #2] (2021)

    Marcus was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition recognized only since 2019: E-cigarette or Vaping Product Unassociated Lung Injury, or EVALI. The first known cases appeared in Wisconsin in June 2019.
         Lung Disease
  36. Jean Henri Fabre
    Georges Pasteur
    Scientific American [JL 07] (1994)

    This reclusive entomologist became one of the most popular educational authors of his day. A look at his greatest work reveals both the under-appreciated achievements and the failings of his science.
         Entomology,Parastitoid Wasps
  37. Just A Second
    Rachel Nuwer
    New Scientist [AU 08-22] (2020)

    The latest atomic clocks are so staggeringly precise that they are going to redefine time. The question now is when.
         Energy Conservation,Horology
  38. Just how harmful are these tiny pieces of plastic?
    Layal Liverpool
    New Scientist [JA 01-02 Vol 249 #3315] (2021)

    Our world is littered with microscopic plastic particles, and we will soon know if they are a health risk.
  39. Killer Pollution
    Nancy Averett
    Discover [JA 01] (2021)

    In a study using over 550 million health and census records researchers at Harvard University show causality between particulate-pollution and premature death.
  40. Lizard Man
    Elizabeth Pennisi
    Science [JL 07-31 vol 369 #6503] (2020)

    For Jonathan Losos, tiny Caribbean islands and their reptile inhabitants are test tubes of evolution.
  41. Measuring Up The Universe
    Stuart Clark
    New Scientist [JA 01-02 Vol 249 #3315] (2021)

    In the past century, cosmologists have created an epic story of an unimaginably vast cosmos that began billions of years ago in a big bang. But can we be sure they have got it right?
  42. Metabolism Myths
    Metabolism Myths
    New Scientist [FE 02-27] (2021)

    Why do we have so much trouble sticking to a particular diet? This article explains the evolutionary path humans took to get where we are, and describes some misconceptions and definitions of 'diet' and 'weight loss'.
  43. Mind Control
    Caroline Williams
    New Scientist [JA 01-30] (2021)

    Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which one person undermines another person's reality. When carried out over a long period of time, the target can begin to doubt their own thoughts and memories.
  44. Move
    Caroline Williams
    New Scientist [OC 10-10] (2020)

    Early humans, we always thought, first struggled onto two feet after a long period of gorilla-like knuckle-walking. But a newer hypothesis suggests that our move to bipedalism began much earlier, at a time when our ancestors were still living in the trees.
         Evolution,Human Cognitive Behavior,Human Vestibular System
  45. Mystery of The Shifting Sands
    David Adam
    New Scientist [JA-FE 01-02] (2021)

    We are closer than ever to solving the riddle of why sand dunes exist.
         Engineering,Geology,Urban Development
  46. New Top in Town
    Jeff Layton
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [58] (2020)

    The simple monitoring tool top is often used to monitor individual systems and can be used for debugging. In a sea of top-like tools, bashtop impresses with an easy-to-use and efficient interface.
         Bash Shell,Shell Programming
  47. Ocean Viruses
    Jonathan Lambert
    Quanta Magazine [https://www.quantamagazine.org/scientists-discover-nearly-200000-kinds-of-ocean-viruses-20190425/] (2019)

    New work raises the estimated diversity of viruses in the seas more than twelvefold and lays the groundwork for a better understanding of their impact on global nutrient cycles.
         Marine Virus,Oceanography
  48. Pass The Test
    Matthias Wubbeling
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [55] (2020)

    Regular expressions are invaluable for checking user input, but a vulnerability could make them ripe for exploitation.
         Programming,Regular Expressions
  49. Promised Land
    David Owen
    New Yorker [FE 02-08] (2021)

    A young climate activist is creating maps to help the Catholic Church combat global warming. Cartographer and environmentalist Molly Burhans embarks on a mission to index, map, and codify properties and lands owned globally by the Catholic Church, using GIS software.
         Catholic Church,Environment,G.I.S,Geographic Information System
  50. Redeeming Charles Babbage's Mechanical Computer
    Doron D. Swade
    Scientific American [FE 02] (1993)

    A successful effort to build a working, three-ton Babbage calculating engine suggests that history has misjudged the pioneer of automatic computing.
         Computer Technology,Difference Engine,Engineering
  51. Relationship Status
    Zeljko Dodlek
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [58] (2020)

    The volume and variety of collected data is constantly growing, which prompts enterprises, for certain use cases, to turn to a new generation of database technology. The structure and query language of graph databases allow the correlation and recognition of current data in real time. Furthermore, graph databases offer massive speed advantages when it comes to evaluating special datasets.
         Database Design,Graph Database
  52. Relationships
    Jens-Christoph Brendel
    Admin Magazine [www.admin-magazine.com] [58] (2020)

    Typical relational databases map relations indirectly by means of joins, whereas graph databases map the same relations directly. Graph databases excel at revealing the relationships among different but related sets of data.
         Database Design,Graph Database
  53. Rethinking Intelligence
    Robert J. Sternberg
    New Scientist [JA 01-16] (2021)

    Our dominant idea of what makes people smart is exacerbating world problems and needs a radical overhaul. Historically, intelligence has been defined simply as an ability to adapt to the environment. This 'adaptive' intelligence consists of different things in different environments. It is constantly updated by your interactions with your environment.
  54. Reviving The Great Barrier Reef
    Donna Lu
    New Scientist [JA 01-09] (2021)

    A group of researchers who first discovered the mass spawning of corals on the Great Barrier Reef in the early 1980s, has spent the intervening four decades researching coral reproduction and restoration.
         Biology,Climate,Marine Conservation,Oceanography
  55. Robot Trucks Overtake Robot Cars
    Evan Ackerman
    IEEE Spectrum [JA 01] (2021)

    San Diego-based TuSimple is trying to get ahead by combining unique technology with a series of strategic partnerships. Working with truck manufacturer Navistar as well as shipping giant UPS, TuSimple is already conducting test operations in Arizona and Texas, including depot-to-depot autono- mous runs.
         Artificial Intelligence,Autonomous Vehicle,Engineering
  56. Scientist in Toyland
    Stephen Ornes
    Discover [DE 12] (2020)

    It’s easy to pin labels on Chuck Hoberman, but hard to stick with just one. He’s an inventor, an artist, a tinkerer. He’s a designer, an engineer, a transformer. He’s a toymaker - the brains behind the colorful, expanding Hoberman sphere. !ematically, Hoberman’s work lands him at the intersection of art, architecture, design and playthings.
         Architecture,Geometry,Kinematic Sculpture
  57. Secrets of The Platypus
    Ibrahim Sawal
    New Scientist [MY 05-08] (2021)

    The mysterious mammal that lays eggs, has webbed feet, no stomach, and a bill like a duck. More information about this intriguing creature is presented.
  58. Seeing Clearly
    Tony Travouillon;Celine d'Orgeville;Francis Bennet
    Scientific American [AP 04] (2021)

    How to avoid 'space debris'? Want to enable encrypted quantum communications? Adaptive optics can help.
         Astronomy,Computer Technology
  59. Sleep Evolved Before Brains
    Veronique Greenwood
    URL [https://www.quantamagazine.org/sleep-evolved-before-brains-hydras-are-living-proof-20210518/] (2021)

    Recent studies of sleep have speculated that metabolism may be the reason why organisms sleep. Agreeing on what sleep is, and how to recognize it is discussed. From cockroaches to hydra (which doesn't even have a brain) scientists have discovered many new aspects of the phenomenon.
  60. Smarter Cities
    Lynne Pesko Yang
    MIT Technology Review [NO 11] (2020)

    We’re surrounded by urgent needs - from improving online access to protecting the planet from a biodiversity crisis. Luckily, researchers and activists around the world are taking action.
         Computer Networks,Urban Development
  61. The Ammonia Solution
    Maria Gallucci
    IEEE Spectrum [MR 03] (2021)

    The use of ammonia as a fuel for ocean-going ships is discussed. Better energy density than a lithium-ion battery. It is abundant and simple to make and emits no carbon dioxide when burned.
         Ammonia,Battery Power,Ecology,Energy Conservation,Engineering,Fuel,Shipping
  62. The Awesome Power of Sleep
    Dr Matthew Walker
    BBC Science Focus [Uknkown] (2021)

    Sleeping is enjoyable but is it really necessary? A resounding 'Yes' is the answer according to the article. Answers to questions like 'what happens if you have too little sleep?; how much sleep do we need?; can sleep keep your brain healthy?; how does caffeine affect your sleep?; why do we dream?'
         Biology,Evolution,Health,Human Cognitive Behavior,Psychology,Sleep
  63. The Cannabis Conspiracy
    Ideas and Discoveries [MY 05] (2021)

    How a campaign of misinformation has led to the different cultural views of cannabis use. Reviews the history and use of cannabis in various cultures at various times, and various social, medical, and political means to control it.
  64. The Cat Came Back
    Niki Wilson
    Canadian Geographic [MY/JE 05/06] (2021)

    Cougars are making a come-back in British Columbia, after declining since the 1800's.
  65. The Chicken, the Egg, and Plate Tectonics
    Nicolas Coltice
    American Scientist [] (2021)

    Whole-planet models could upend our view of how geophysical forces shape the Earth. Only within the past century have we started to appreciate the ways that geophysics on Earth’s surface and deep below are constantly shaping the planet.
         Environment,Geology,Oceanography,Plate Tectonics
  66. The Day The Music Died
    Priyanka Runwal
    Scientific American [FE 02 324 #2] (2021)

    'Swamp ash,' the wood behind the world's most famous guitars, is vanishing because of flooding and a tree-boring beetle.
         Environment,Guitar Manufacture
  67. The Deepest Holes In The World
    Ailsa Harvey
    How It Works [JA 01] (2021)

    Drilling into the Earth's core (sometimes up to 24 years) has resulted in some interesting data about our planet.
  68. The First Data Networks
    Gerard J. Holzmann;Bjorn Pehrson
    Scientific American [JA 01] (1994)

    The optical telegraph is almost forgotten. Two centuries ago it moved messages over hundreds of kilometers in a few minutes.
  69. The Great Population Debate
    Richard Webb
    New Scientist [NO 11-14] (2020)

    Is the coronavirus pandemic just the latest indication that there are too many of us on the planet? With this question the author delivers a balanced and open essay. Feedback from expert professionals adds to the debate.
         Population,Species Conservation
  70. The Math of Making Connections
    Kelsey Houston-Edwards
    Scientific American [AP (04)] (2021)

    Using a cell phone text message as an example, computer engineers show how network analysis can tell when an event reaches a critical point - a video going viral; when will an earthquake occur; a disease become a pandemic. Percolation theory.
         Computer Networks
  71. The Puzzle of Plastic
    Susan Nerberg
    Canadian Geographic [JA-FE 01-02] (2021)

    What to do with our mountains of plastic waste? Miranda Wang from Vancouver may have an answer. Her biotech start-up has already scored a long list of Silicon Valley investors eager to bet on BioCellection's technology to transform previously unrecyclable plastic waste into profit-making new materials.
         Engineering,Environment,Waste Recycling
  72. The Radio That Can Hear Over Itself
    Joel Brand
    IEEE Spectrum [MR 03] (2021)

    A new technology, self-interference cancellation (SIC), can reduce or eliminate loss of signal in a network when using the same frequency to send and receive data. Because the frequency spectrum is a limited resource, alternative methods of wireless communication is needed.
         Telecommunication,Wi-Fi Networking,Wireless Communication
  73. The Sixth Extinction
    Leslie Anthony;Mary Haasdyk
    Canadian Geographic [SE 09-24] (2020)

    The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?
         Biodiversity,Climate,Species Conservation
  74. The Talented Luthier
    Jim Gilchrist
    Scotland Magazine [JA 01] (2021)

    Steve Burnett turns dead trees and driftwood into beautiful instruments inspired by some of Scotland's literary greats.
         Art,Luthier,Music - Violin
  75. The Ultimate Battery
    David Hambling
    New Scientist [SE 09-26] (2020)

    A forgotten kind of nuclear power could create incredibly long-lasting batteries. The Voyager probes get their power in a different way: they make use of natural radioactivity.
         Battery Power,Nuclear Power
  76. The Ultimate Spy
    Richard Aldrich
    Focus [NO 11] (2012)

    Ironically then, citizens may eventually defeat government surveillance by creating oceans of electronic data that are too vast for spies to analyse.
         Computer Technology,Cryptography,Privacy
  77. The Universe According to Emmy Noether
    Steve Nadis
    Discover [JE 06] (2017)

    In 1915, two of the world's top mathematicians, David Hilbert and Felix Klein, invited Emmy Noether to the University of Göttingen to investigate a puzzle. A problem had cropped up in Albert Einstein’s new theory of gravity, general relativity, which had been unveiled earlier in the year.
  78. The other superbugs
    Nic Fleming
    New Scientist [JA 01 02] (2021)

    Killer viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria aren't the only infectious threats we face - deadly fungi are coming for us too.
  79. Wasp's Nest
    BBC Science Focus [AP 04] (2021)

    Using a large 3D printer, a company called WASP can build a structure out of a clay mixture called a 'TECLA' (TEChnology and CLAy). Treating it with a special coating when finished stops it from decomposing.
         3D Printing,Architecture,Engineering,Environment,Housing
  80. Waste of Space
    The Engineer [MY 05 Vol 302 Issue 7927] (2021)

    The problem of space debris - the discarded modules, equipment, and lost tools - that are circling the planet is causing a problem for present and future space travel. When they hit other debris, thousands of more objects are created. This article discusses some of the ways scientists are considering to address the issue.
         Astronomy,Satellite Technology,Surveillance
  81. Which Animals Evolved First
    Michael Marshall
    New Scientist [DE 12-14] (2020)

    DNA suggests comb jellies were the first distinct animal group.
  82. Wolverine
    Ossie Michelin
    Canadian Geographic [JA-FE 01-02] (2021)

    It is not difficult to determine where the idea of the wolverine being a trickster comes from. Though reclusive, these animals are also renowned for being curious and sneaky. They have been known to steal bait from traps, ransack cabins and elude hunters.
  83. World Linguistic Diversity
    Colin Renfrew
    Scientific American [JA 01] (1994)

    The ancestor of each language was taken to its current territory by pioneers, farmers, traders or a conquering elite. Multidisciplinary studies are clarifying their respective roles.