June 26, 1990 |
If you toss a heavy boulder out of a floating rowboat, does the water level in the pond rise or fall? Here is a simple physics demonstration that provides the answer: Float a four-inch length of 2-by-4 in a tray not much larger than the block. Next, put enough pennies on the block to make its top surface just even with the water line. It will probably take about 50 pennies to do this. Mark the water line in the container.
November 16, 2003 |
The Maryland Hispanic Republican Caucus lost its affiliation with the state's Republican Party after the caucus chairman angered party officials by publicly criticizing Gov. Robert Ehrlich for not appointing Latinos to high-level jobs. Delegates to the GOP's fall convention voted overwhelmingly to recognize a rival organization, Hispanic Republicans of Maryland, as the state party's official affiliate, ending the relationship with the caucus.
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February 8, 1996
Q: How small would a planet have to be before you could throw a baseball into orbit? A: A satellite in a low-Earth orbit travels about 7.9 kilometers (5 miles) per second. Professional pitchers can throw a ball about 100 miles per hour or 44 meters per second, a mere 0.56% of orbital speed on Earth. According to physicist Robert Ehrlich in "The Cosmological Milkshake," that speed would be sufficient to reach orbit on a planet whose radius is 0.56% that of Earth's, or 36 kilometers (22.3 miles).
July 3, 2003 |
When Bernadette Gietka looked at a lottery ticket she had just bought and noticed it began with the numbers 1, 2 and 3, she thought she "might as well throw this one in the can." Luckily, she didn't. The ticket was the only winner in the $183-million jackpot drawing for the Mega Millions game June 20. Gietka, 54, a part-time letter carrier, appeared at a news conference with Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, lottery officials and family.
February 18, 2006 |
Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer abruptly reversed course and issued a handwritten apology to a 24-year-old aide to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. whom Schaefer appeared to ogle in a public meeting in Annapolis this week. Just hours earlier, the 84-year-old comptroller continued to insist to reporters that there was no reason to apologize for an incident that took place in a Board of Public Works meeting.
May 17, 2003 |
Maryland has agreed to stop shooting mute swans, a nonnative bird that state officials contend is destroying the Chesapeake Bay habitat. A spokesman for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said the state will honor a request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to suspend the shootings, which began April 25. The federal agency had issued a permit allowing the state to kill up to 1,500 of the roughly 3,600 swans in the bay but reconsidered after the New York-based Fund for Animals sued Tuesday.