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Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Published on June 18, 2017 By sirrahc

This blogpost is probably not about what you think it’s about. Based on the title — a phrase variously attributed to Thomas Paine, George S. Patton, Laurence J. Peter, and “Anonymous” –, one would most likely think it is about leadership in general, or maybe with a business/entrepreneurship or military emphasis. It’s not. The title […]

Carbon-14 Dating Gets an Update

Published on May 19, 2010 By sirrahc

While writing about the recent purported discovery of Noah’s Ark, supposedly dated to about 4800 years old, I was reminded of an article I read several weeks ago. It has to do with carbon-14 (C-14 or 14C) dating and its limitations. Without getting into too much detail, trace amounts of carbon-14 are found in atmospheric […]

$200K for 5 Minutes of Weightlessness and a Great View? Cool!

Published on December 8, 2009 By sirrahc

Virgin Galactic has just publicly revealed SpaceShipTwo, “the world’s first commercial spaceship.” The firm already has 300 people who have reserved their spots with at least a deposit, though those flights won’t begin for a couple years. It sounds like a lot of money, but it’s a whole order of magnitude less than billionaires have […]

Got Gas? (No, not that kind…)

Published on November 15, 2009 By sirrahc

A group of researchers at the Max Planck Institute has come up with a new catalyst to produce methanol from methane that is not only relatively easy but cost-effective. Energy-saving Powder Methane is a hydrocarbon gas used to produce various industrial chemicals and is burned to release heat and to power vehicles and electrical generators. […]

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