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October 19, 2009 |
Richard Whitcomb, a mechanical engineer who changed the way we fly today with three design innovations that made airplanes fly farther and faster using less fuel, has died. He was 88. Whitcomb died of pneumonia Tuesday in Newport News, Va. His contributions, for which he won the most prestigious prize in aviation, focused on a plane's efficiency cutting through air at speeds approaching the sound barrier, or the "transonic region." As airplanes approach the speed of sound, they encounter a significant increase in drag, or force that resists the plane's movement through the air. Whitcomb made improvements to wings and how they attach to the fuselage to lessen the amount of drag on an airplane.
July 18, 2013 |
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest. Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs - including one with Maurice Ravel - during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913). If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
March 9, 2011
Today's travel photo of the day aptly depicts a monument celebrating travel and discovery. This image, taken by Times reader "LanaiLady," shows the Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon. The monument is dedicated to the Portuguese who took part in Europe's Age of Discovery in the 15 th century. It was constructed in 1960 and commemorates the 500 th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, whose likeness gazes out at the Tagus river from the tip of the monument. Henry, a prince of Portugal, was a strong proponent of Portugal's efforts in discovery and exploration.
September 19, 2010 |
The Physics of Imaginary Objects Tina May Hall University of Pittsburgh Press: 160 pp., $24.95 In hard times, as you well know, fewer risks are taken when it comes to potential profit and potential loss. In the publishing world, this means less experimental fiction published by large houses. It also means an upwelling of creative new houses and imprints that publish raw experiments with language. Tina May Hall's pungent writing breaks down walls between poetry and prose, narrator and reader, humor and horror.
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July 13, 2000 |
The first time, it was a solo planet drifting around by itself in the vastness of space--the first ever seen untethered to a star. The next time, it was "quark soup." Then it was hypothetical "dark matter" particles known as WIMPS. Each time, scientists were so sure of what they saw that they called a news conference to announce the results to the world. And each time, other scientists chimed in to protest: It just ain't so. Why can't the scientists agree on what they saw?
August 28, 2004 |
Using a technique that could open a new phase of discovery, a tiny telescope has spotted a planet circling a faraway star, scientists said Tuesday. The 4-inch-diameter telescope -- about the size a backyard astronomer might use -- tracked the periodic dimming of light from a star 500 light-years away. That dimming suggested the presence of a big planet regularly blocking out a small portion of light as it passed between the star and Earth.