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Who Are the World’s Leading EEs?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical society, with about 420,000 members.   Although founded in the US in 1884, over half its members are international.   Its highest rank is Fellow, which can only be … Continue reading

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Peak Tragedy Is Long Past…

… at least in the US.   By peak tragedy I mean a year in which the maximum number of young people died.   It’s sad when old people die, but it’s tragic when the young are taken.  They lose decades of … Continue reading

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How Cool is Your City?

If you’re not familiar with the crowd-sourced art-funding site Kickstarter.com, go and have a look. This is a wonderful idea. People submit proposals for various kinds of cool projects to the site, which then posts them. The submitters say they’ll … Continue reading

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The Population of Other Hostile Places

In the last post I calculated that the current population of outer space was about five, if you added up all the person-years spent up there.  What about other difficult places to live? Under the Ocean This was another of … Continue reading

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The Population of Space

The SF writer Charlie Stross recently wrote on his blog about the absurdity of self-sufficient space colonies (“Insufficient Data”).  He noted that it takes an extraordinary number of people to maintain a technological civilization, because even the most common artifacts … Continue reading

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Another local industry – political ambition

So I was looking at lists of presidential candidates from recent elections, and was struck by the number of candidates from my small and somewhat out-of-the-way state, Massachusetts.  It looks as though MA is tied with New York and California … Continue reading

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Take that, Eichmann

94-year old Holocaust survivor, Yitta Schwartz, leaves 2500 descendants: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100104/NEWS/100109926 She had 17 children herself, and 170 grandchildren.  By my reckoning, each of her grandchildren would have an average of 13.7 descendants, and apparently they have grandchildren themselves.  It hardly … Continue reading

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