Here's a tabletop particle accelerator in Scientific American's Amateur Scientist column in 1959: http://www.sciencemadness.org/... And in the Sept 1953 issue, an account of some high school students in El Cerrito who built a cyclotron.
Yes, that's Brooks. But you and your boss definitely should read Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (http://www.amazon.com/Peopleware-Productive-Projects-Teams-Edition/dp/0321934113).
The French built the "Maginot Line" of fortifications along their border with Germany--at enormous expense--between World War I and World War II. The Germans simply went around it through Belgium and defeated France in a few days. The TSA is our Maginot Line.
A recent study found that 1/12 or 1/8 (can't remember which, so call it 1/10) of electronic prescriptions had an error. Types of errors include: wrong medication, wrong dose, wrong instructions, wrong quantity. I do dozens of electronic orders a day and get several kicked back to me from the pharmacist.
The APRS tracker used was one from Big Red Bee.
I bought an iPad 1 about 9 months ago primarily for reading science PDFs. It's fabulous for this.
American Scientist is a beefier Scientific American. It has review articles on recent findings written for a scientifically educated audience, as opposed to SciAm, which is written for sixth graders and businessmen. It's what SciAm used to be a few decades ago. Published six times a year.
In college in the early 1980s I did some work at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility. I spent several days wiring up the logic circuits (CAMAC modules) for our detectors. Our data cables were labeled with their lengths in nanoseconds. A 1 nanosecond cable would be about a foot long.
Much of my income is based on performance, Anonymous Coward, so get off your high horse. What I mainly resent is specialists with an equal amount of training making 5 times the money I make.
I'm a primary care physician in the US. There are a number of logistical issues in the decision whether to prescribe antibiotics. They revolve around the ease of followup. It would be nice to always be able to say "You'll probably be fine. If you get sicker, come back." But if it's a Thursday or Friday, or if the patient lives an hour's drive from the clinic, or if I'm about to go on vacation, or if my schedule is overbooked for the next few days, I'm much more likely to prescribe an antibiotic. We need better access to care. Among the things that would help that would be (1) single payer insurance, so people could get care anywhere, and (2) better compensation for primary care providers (PCPs) which would result in (a) more of them, relative to specialists and (b) less need for existing PCP to overbook their schedules to make ends meet.
Why is it that news stories about movie revenues never take inflation into account?
602 (652745) writes "Rocket hobbyists won their nine year court battle against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) this week when a federal judge ruled that the ATF had failed to show that ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP) is an explosive and that ATF's declaration of such "was arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with the law." You may recall the shuttle Challenger's boosters, filled with APCP, spectacularly not blowing up in 1986."