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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday. Book Review Prominent engineer helps change engineering world By MARK LARDAS Preview Open

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The New York Post wrote that Con Ed, so far, has not been able to determine what caused the recent power outage in Manhattan. They originally thought it was caused by a fire, but confirmed it wasn’t. The “thorough” investigation is ongoing. Power was out for hours and brought the city to a halt. Think […]

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Illegal Russian Influence on Magnetic Navigation

 

In what may be Russia’s boldest move yet, it appears Vladimir Putin is attempting to steal the magnetic north pole. An alarming report released this week said:

[A]ccording to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below. It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia. “The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move,” Nature reports.

The consequences of this theft of vital Canadian property could be disastrous towards anyone relying on magnetic compass readings for navigation, especially at northern latitudes where even slight deviations can make for errors of hundreds of miles. Worse yet, Putin could even be destabilizing the rotation of the Earth and inducing an unhealthy middle-aged wobble, but it may be too soon to tell, and Earth might benefit from some added time on the treadmill to help compensate.

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This Symposium will be held at Mystic Seaport from November 3-5. I will be speaking on… drum roll Celestial Navigation and GPS (big surprise). I hope some Ricochetti can make it. The organizer, Frank Reed, is a brilliant man who teaches a variety of classes at Mystic Seaport. Here are a few of the details: […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review The wisdom in a pool of water Posted: Saturday, October 22, […]

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“Have you heard the wind names of the world, which are among the least known and most beautiful of words? They are truly the heritage of men for they reflect the tongues of history from ancient Cathay to the slang of the United States Army” Guy Murchie, “Song of the Sky,” Chapter 5, “The Wind” […]

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