May 1999 issue of Scientific American

May 1999 issue of Scientific American

Post by Ted Phipp » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00



This months issued of SciAm has a couple of snippets of interest.

At the top of page 12, in the '50, 100 and 150 years ago' section, is an
item dated February 24, 1949 about the launch of a WAC Corp***staged to a
V-2.  A pretty good picture (although b&w) of the rocket at takeoff is
included, and shows the paint scheme of the V-2 fairly clearly.

And on page 22 is a brief article about some researchers who fired lasers
through some Bose-Einstein condensate and slowed the speed of light to about
38mph.  Details were very sketchy, but it brought to mind the recent 'slow
glass' thread.

Ted

 
 
 

May 1999 issue of Scientific American

Post by Peter & Sue Riddel » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hey, I saw that picture in an old book by Charles Coombes (spelling?) called
Skyrocketing in to the Unknown.  This book was written in the early 50's.
One of those 'books for boys.'  Man, what I wouldn't give for a copy of that
book!  Really takes me back.

Peter \8^>

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Quote:

> This months issued of SciAm has a couple of snippets of interest.

> At the top of page 12, in the '50, 100 and 150 years ago' section, is an
> item dated February 24, 1949 about the launch of a WAC Corp***staged to a
> V-2.  A pretty good picture (although b&w) of the rocket at takeoff is
> included, and shows the paint scheme of the V-2 fairly clearly.

> And on page 22 is a brief article about some researchers who fired lasers
> through some Bose-Einstein condensate and slowed the speed of light to about
> 38mph.  Details were very sketchy, but it brought to mind the recent 'slow
> glass' thread.

> Ted


 
 
 

May 1999 issue of Scientific American

Post by GCGassaw » Sun, 18 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>>>At the top of page 12, in the '50, 100 and 150 years ago' section, is an

item dated February 24, 1949 about the launch of a WAC Corp***staged to a
V-2. <<<

Wow, I can't wait for Peter Alway to draw that up...a Wac Corp***with a V-2
on top...   :-)

- Gassaway George

 
 
 

May 1999 issue of Scientific American

Post by Rocketgo » Sun, 18 Apr 1999 04:00:00


<<   AMAZING BUT TRUE ...
There is so much sand in Northern Africa that if it were spread
out, it would completely cover the Sahara Desert.>>

haha  wouldn't most of the sand in N Africa be the sahara.. lol that's funny
ok  i love random facts that are just made up... kinda like this one..... but
not really.. ya know the average american eats over 100 lbs of banannas a
year???

Erik
gyro 73
iar 354

"No no boys... Goose is spelled with two 'o's... " -TOP GUN
"The plaque for the alternate's is down in the lady's room..."-TOP GUN
"Negative on fly-by, the grid is full.....haha!!" -TOP GUN
"Damn it Maverick, ingage!!!" -Guess

 
 
 

May 1999 issue of Scientific American

Post by Darren J Longhor » Sun, 18 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Did you know that 76.2% of statistics are made up on the spot?


Quote:
><<   AMAZING BUT TRUE ...
>There is so much sand in Northern Africa that if it were spread
>out, it would completely cover the Sahara Desert.>>

>haha  wouldn't most of the sand in N Africa be the sahara.. lol that's
funny
>ok  i love random facts that are just made up... kinda like this one.....
but
>not really.. ya know the average american eats over 100 lbs of banannas a
>year???

>Erik
>gyro 73
>iar 354

>"No no boys... Goose is spelled with two 'o's... " -TOP GUN
>"The plaque for the alternate's is down in the lady's room..."-TOP GUN
>"Negative on fly-by, the grid is full.....haha!!" -TOP GUN
>"Damn it Maverick, ingage!!!" -Guess