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  • The Antikythera mechanism is a 2,000-year-old computer

    05/24/2020 6:22:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 69 replies
    vox.com ^ | 5/17/2017 | brian resnick
    115 years ago, divers found a hunk of bronze off a Greek island. It changed our understanding of human history. One hundred fifteen years ago, an archeologist was sifting through objects found in the wreck of a 2,000-year-old vessel off the Greek island Antikythera. Among the wreck’s treasures — beautiful vases and pots, jewelry, a bronze statue of an ancient philosopher — was the most peculiar thing: a series of brass gears and dials mounted in a case the size of a mantel clock. Archeologists dubbed the instrument the Antikythera mechanism. The genius — and mystery — of this piece...
  • The Mandrake Mechanism-(How the Fed Creates Money)

    04/09/2003 8:05:10 AM PDT · by AdamSelene235 · 177 replies · 3,652+ views
      Chapter Ten THE MANDRAKE  MECHANISM The Method by which the Federal Reserve creates money out of nothing; the concept of usury as the payment of interest on pretended loans; the true cause of the hidden tax called inflation; the way in which the Fed creates boom-bust cycles.  In the 1940s, there was a comic strip character called Mandrake the Magician. His specialty was creating things out of nothing and, when appropriate, to make them disappear back into that same void. It is fitting, therefore, that the process to be described in this section should be named in his honor.In...
  • WHY ARE ORGANISMS DIFFERENT FROM MACHINES?

    05/23/2009 3:12:02 PM PDT · by betty boop · 98 replies · 1,173+ views
    An excerpt fromROBERT ROSEN: THE WELL POSED QUESTION AND ITS ANSWER — WHY ARE ORGANISMS DIFFERENT FROM MACHINES? By Donald C. Mikulecky Department of Physiology Medical Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University The Well Posed Question and Its Answer Science, perception and measurement: The role of the modeling relation In order to be able to deal with some very confusing issues, it is necessary to formulate just what it is we think we are doing when we carry out this function called “science.” In a very real sense what we mean by science is the ultimate version of what humans do...
  • The Antikythera Mechanism (Computer - 56BC)

    04/30/2006 7:21:04 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,447+ views
    Economist ^ | 9-19-2002
    The Antikythera mechanism The clockwork computer Sep 19th 2002 From The Economist print edition An ancient piece of clockwork shows the deep roots of modern technology WHEN a Greek sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck of a cargo ship off the tiny island of Antikythera in 1900, it was the statues lying on the seabed that made the greatest impression on him. He returned to the surface, removed his helmet, and gabbled that he had found a heap of dead, naked women. The ship's cargo of luxury goods also included jewellery, pottery, fine furniture, wine and bronzes dating...
  • Inheritance Is More Than Gene Deep

    04/13/2006 9:12:05 AM PDT · by <1/1,000,000th% · 31 replies · 1,017+ views
    Science ^ | April 12, 2006 | Michael Balter
    As Darwin would have loved to have known, genes made of DNA are the basic unit of inheritance. But in recent years, researchers have shown that differences not related to DNA sequence can also be passed down, a phenomenon called epigenetic inheritance. Some studies have implicated chemical groups that bind to genes. A new study in mice, however, suggests other possibilities--some of which could dramatically alter our notions of inheritance. Epigenetic inheritance has long been known in plants and yeast. In the mustard plant Arabidopsis, for example, epigenetic alterations in leaf and flower shape can be passed on to offspring....
  • Did The Ancient Greeks Make A Computer?

    11/01/2003 9:21:03 AM PST · by Holly_P · 96 replies · 2,361+ views
    An Article | 1977 | Lionel Casson
    ....At the western entrance to the Aegean Sea, midway between the islands of Crete and Kythera, rises little Antikythera. It was off that island in 1900 that a sponge diver found, on the bottom, the wreck of an ancient ship loaded with statues, amphorae and other objects. ....This wreck was the first great under water find of modern archaeology. It yielded not only a rich hoard of art treasures but an astonishingly sophisticated scientific instrument. But while the marble and bronze statues and the pottery were recognized at once as the work of Greek artisans around the time of Christ,...
  • My Life As An International Arms Courier

    07/01/2002 7:40:06 PM PDT · by vannrox · 1 replies · 278+ views
    The RISKS digest ^ | Fri, 06 Jan 95 | from mab@research.att.com (Matt Blaze)
    My Life As An International Arms Courierfrom mab@research.att.com (Matt Blaze) Fri, 06 Jan 95 as posted to the RISKS digest Under an obscure provision of US law, devices and computer programs that use encryption techniques to hide information from prying eyes and ears are considered ``munitions'' and subject to the same rules that govern the international arms trade. In particular, taking such items out of this country requires the approval of the State Department, which decides whether exporting something might endanger national security. In the past, these restrictions were of little concern to the average citizen; encryption found most of...