Remember all those Star Trek episodes that mention ‘parsecs’? Thanks to Thunderbolts, I’ve just found out that one cubic parsec equals 9.78 cubic light-years. But burgyboy says wikipedia disagrees with that figure.
And congrats to Liverpool — 4 to 1 is quite a rout!
US research suggests, after peaking at age 22, mental powers start to dwindle at age 27 — marking the start of old age. But not to worry…
In 1928, at age 72, Nicola Tesla was awarded his last patent – for a helicopter-plane (pdf) which could rise (and descend) vertically like a helicopter, then tilt 90 degrees in mid-air to fly horizontally like airplane. (Note: correction of one equation at the end.)
The truth …is furry? Sasquatch footprints found in Moricetown, one of which contained blood and hair. Sasquatch evidence convincing, says local expert.
‘Advanced wood combustion’ power plants in the US could sustainably supply enormous amounts of energy, comparable to power production from hydroelectric dams, while also saving energy, cutting costs, and even fighting global warming.
Quote of the Day:
We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities.
The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.
The passing of this threshold accelerated by allowing large existing databases to be linked together and with new ones.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in Information Management: A proposal — the modest 1989 proposal which led to the creation of the internet. Berners-Lee adds, ‘Note that the only name I had for it at this time was ‘Mesh’ — I decided on ‘World Wide Web’ when writing the code in 1990.‘