Bill Galinsky is nuts for cuckoo clocks
Bill Galinsky works on repairing a customer's German 1970 Hubert Herr cuckoo clock. Galinsky, a master cuckoo clock carver and maker, repairs about 200 cuckoo clocks each year. He estimates he makes another couple hundred clocks annually that he ...
December 26, 2014
The last rhino: future bleak for the sole male northern white
Mohamed Doyo seems to have a dream job. Every evening he patrols the Kenyan savannah, glimpsing lions chasing down darting Thomson's gazelles, hearing the calls of red-chested cuckoos and, when there is a full moon, seeing the majestic, ...
Germany's Black Forest: Dark woods and mushrooms
Triberg also boasts three claims to fame: cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cake and Germany's highest waterfalls. The waterfall trails were busy with visitors watching the Gutach river plunge in seven cascades, over 525 feet into the valley below. Next, we ...
April 23, 2015
How a gentle electrical jolt can focus a sluggish mind
MILES O'BRIEN: It turns out each of our neurons is a microscopic battery with a-tenth of a volt of electricity. When we're The treatment powerfully depicted in the 1975 Oscar-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” is called ...
March 31, 2015
Doomsday Clock reads 11.57: Atomic scientists move minute hand two minutes ...
In an announcement today the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has moved the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward by two minutes. It is now at three minutes to midnight, the closest it has been since 1984. The BAS moved the clock ...
January 23, 2015
Switzerland becomes first country to submit Paris climate deal pledge
Christiana Figueres, chief of the UN climate secretariat, at a meeting in February to work towards a climate deal at Paris later this year. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/REUTERS. Ed King for RTCC, part of the Guardian Environment Network. Friday 27 ...
February 27, 2015
Festival of Trees auction slated for Friday
More than 200 decorated trees, wreaths, stockings and other entries and their incentives will be auctioned off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Muskingum County Welcome Center. Bids may be placed in person or by calling 740-450-1990. The auction ...
December 3, 2014
Every evening he patrols the Kenyan savannah, glimpsing lions chasing down darting Thomson's gazelles, hearing the calls of red-chested cuckoos and, when there is a full moon, seeing the majestic, snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance. But Doyo can't stop to admire the extraordinary views because he and a large squad of rangers must protect one of the rarest species on Earth and the star attraction at the 350-square-kilometre conservancy on which he works: Sudan, the world's... The precipitous decline in the number of wild rhinos is one of the most striking effects of the rise in poaching in the 20th century. By 2011, the western black rhino was declared extinct, a remarkably abrupt end for a species that had walked the Earth for five million years. Some sub-species are under greater threat than others and the northern white rhinos lead the most precarious existence. An accident of geography meant that these magnificent animals, distinguishable from black rhinos by their square lips and hairy ears, were decimated faster than other sub-species. Northern white rhinos were found in some of the most unstable countries in Africa, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic and Sudan.
ENZKLOSTERLE, Germany | The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight. Mushrooms sprout across the damp forest floor. But the bleak name Black Forest — Schwarzwald in German — does not capture its beauty. My family and I camped here late last summer, near the village of Enzklosterle, in one of hundreds of valleys scattered across the forest's vast, mountainous expanse. The forest stretches across 2,320 miles in the southwest of Germany, an easy trip from Frankfurt. The next morning, I was assigned mule duty and burdened with our small picnic rucksack, while my partner Matthew was the heroic steed, carrying his daughter in a backpack on a six-hour hike. Mushrooms of all shapes, sizes and shades emerge from rotting tree stumps and leaves in vivid crimsons, delicate corals, black, brown, purple and orange. One rainy day during our visit, we drove an hour to medieval Schiltach and another half-hour to the town of Triberg. Traditional half-timbered houses — with gabled roofs and framed windows forming distinctive geometric patterns on the building facades — add to the fairytale look of the towns. Triberg also boasts three claims to fame: cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cake and Germany's highest waterfalls.
In the second in the series, science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at the efforts to create faster, more reliable testing for the virus. The deadly Ebola virus normally spreads among animals but occasionally spills over to humans, to dire effect. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien follows epidemiologists in Sierra Leone on their hunt for deadly diseases. Our guide is our science correspondent, Miles O’Brien. MILES O’BRIEN: If you’re like me, you really can’t start the day without a little jolt. MAROM BIKSON, The City College of New York: This is the simulator itself that’s going to be providing the actual current that’s going to your head. MAROM BIKSON: So, current is going to come out of the device to the electrodes on your forehead and it’s going to flow through your head. MILES O’BRIEN: Biomedical engineer Marom Bikson at the City College of New York is prepping me for a dose of transcranial direct current stimulation, or TDCS, a jump-start for my brain. MAROM BIKSON: It can make the brain perhaps function information more effectively and therefore make you, let’s say, better at things.
Atmel and MXCHIP Collaborate to Bring Ultra-low Power Wi-Fi Platform With Secure Cloud Access for Internet of Things Applications
With the rapid growth of the IoT market, these smart, connected devices will require secure access to the cloud on what will likely be billions of battery-operated devices ... The only external clock source required for the WILC1000 is a high-speed ...
May 4, 2015
Face iPads and chicken phones: When mobile gadgets go cuckoo
all because the cooler creator thought it would be a good idea to combine honking wheels, an LED light, a cutting board, a USB charger, a Bluetooth speaker and a battery-operated blender in a rollable device that also keeps your beer chilled. It's a retro ...
December 22, 2014
You'll Go Cuckoo For This Gigantic Clock Carved Out Of A Single Tree
A remarkable cuckoo clock forged from a single maple tree is being used to crow about Portland, Oregon. Designed by Nicolas Gros and carved by chainsaw sculptor J. Chester Armstrong, the 24-foot-high, 7,000-pound clock is being shown off around the ...
November 26, 2014
Aorus X7 Pro Notebook Review: GeForce GTX 970M Gets Slim In SLI
Our first problem was that the Aorus X7 Pro would be an SLI rig, and we didn’t have any GeForce GTX 970M single-GPU data ... replaced previous fixed-frequency battery-operated modes with an algorithm that bases clock rate on a target frame rate.
October 27, 2014
Results: Arma 3 And Battlefield 4
SLI performs horribly at high resolutions in battery-operated mode, since BatteryBoost doesn’t work with SLI enabled. The case against mobile SLI gets stronger at Battlefield 4’s Ultra preset, since we suddenly find sub-20FPS performance at the panel ...
October 27, 2014
Jackson Labs Technologies, Inc. Delivers the World's First CSAC SAASM GPS-Disciplined Miniature 10MHz PVT Reference
"SAASM HD CSAC" Is the World's First Chip-Scale Atomic Clock (CSAC) Based GPSDO With Integrated Dual ... the SAASM HD CSAC suits itself perfectly for implementation in battery-operated man-portable equipment, UAVs', and retrofit of existing communication ...
February 11, 2014
Are corroded AA batteries dangerous?
Q. I just opened my battery-operated alarm clock and found a badly corroded AA battery. Even though the date on the battery read MAR 2014, it was covered in white crystals. Are those crystals dangerous to touch?—Alex Newberry Sarasota, FL A. As batteries ...
December 16, 2013