Category Archives: Science

A brilliant inventor and fighter for equal opportunity

In the early 1960s James West and his colleague Gerhard Sessler invented the electret microphone while they were working together at Bell Labs. The condenser mics that were being used at the time cost hundreds of dollars; an electret mic that … Continue reading

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Hubble and the big blue bubble

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope 26 years ago on April 24, 1990. In celebration they decided to give us this birthday present. The image is of the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635). The bright star inside the blue bubble is a … Continue reading

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How virtual reality affects balance

In an earlier article we wondered whether Daredevil has a harder time keeping his balance because he’s blind. Blindness raises questions about balance because human balance rests on the complex interaction of visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems. Any problems Daredevil may have … Continue reading

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Does Daredevil Have a Harder Time Keeping His Balance Because He’s Blind?

In the 10th episode of the Netflix Daredevil series Foggy asks Matt (aka Daredevil) if being blind has an effect on losing your balance when you’ve had too much to drink.  Good question. Matt answers that balance has something to do with fluids … Continue reading

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Light My Fire / Smite My Fire

  Earth, air, fire and water. So many possible combinations. So many possible stories. One story we all know is that air feeds fire while earth and water smother it. Natural antagonists. A fair fight – two against two. Turns … Continue reading

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What Goes on in Your Head During Creative Musical Improvisation? Part 2

This is the second of a two-part article about what goes on in your head when you’re improvising music. In the first part we looked at what’s happening in the brain during creative musical improvisation. In this part we’ll take a speculative look at … Continue reading

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What Goes on in Your Head During Creative Musical Improvisation? Part 1

This is the first of a two-part article about goes on in your head when you’re improvising music. In this part we’ll look at what’s happening in the brain during creative musical improvisation. In the second part we’ll look at the conscious … Continue reading

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