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Mach > X – The flight industry in the hypersonic range

Popular Science artist impression of the mysterous warplane over southern cal


Ever since Concordes were abandoned, there hasn’t been much talk in daily society about aircraft traveling high speed. Most of the time, the aviation industry is overshadowed by the computer industry. Really, who can ignore Apple and Microsoft shoving gadgets in one’s face. Nevertheless, the industry has been very active. Since World War 2, nations have realized the benefits of air superiority. Critically important to air superiority is the ability to go fast. If you can move faster than your opponent can shoot, you can hit him quicker or get away from him more easily. That’s the thought behind some of the recent developments in aviation.

This article will discuss supersonic airplanes and technology, including recent developments, design, and considerations. This is a technical article and thus will not discuss the political implications of such aircraft.

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generic news, global issues, nature

Bee Mite Die

Apis melliferaApis cerana

There has been a growing problem with honey bees dying off. The primary source of the problem isn’t pesticides as some might think (though that is a problem since it can apparently mess with hormones and make the bee lose its sense of direction), but a type of mite known as Varroa (also called “Vorroa” or “Varroa destructor”). The Irish Times reports: “the mites, in combination with other viruses, have killed off up to 30 per cent of Europe’s bees, and a whopping 85 per cent of Middle Eastern bee.” American bee keepers haven’t escaped either; an estimated third of American bees have been lost to the mite.

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media, music

Beegie Adair – “The Way You Look Tonight”

Every once in awhile we like hearing something soft and smooth. Some prefer orchestral; some prefer jazz. Talk about about a soft mellow swing – this song has it. It’s definitely a classic rendition of the tune by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern.

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If you’re like smooth music and just want some jazz, try this station on Pandora:

software, tech news and opinions

Clojure in a Closure – A New IDE for yet another Scripting Language

Rich Hickey and his core programming team put together the dynamic programming language they call “Clojure“. There are so many programming languages out there, it’s hard to get yours noticed much less used. To draw attention to their language, the “core” team started a project called Clojure Script One – which, from the looks of it, is nothing more than a fancy looking website designed to snag geeks with its sleek appearance.

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anime and games, media, tv

The Last Exiles – or – Ignite the Gunpowder with Antifreeze Please blog is not intended for anime reviews and I have no intention of turning it into one (for one thing, I don’t watch enough anime). But, having watched Last Exile this past summer and having just finished Last Exile – Fam the Silver Wing (which I frequently refer to as “Last Exile 2”), I’d like now to give my commentary and provide critique and comparison of the Last Exile stories. But first, the summaries, since that’s what people are most interested in:

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