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  • Schrödinger's cat lives and dies in two boxes at once

    05/27/2016 11:17:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Physics World ^ | May 27, 2016 | Staff
    Schrödinger's cat now has a second box to play in, thanks to an international team of physicists that has created a two-mode "Schrödinger's cat state" for the first time. The experiment brings together two purely quantum properties, in that the "cat" (i.e. the photons) is simultaneously "alive and dead" (in a superposition of states) while also in two locations at once (the two boxes are entangled with one another).
  • Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

    01/10/2015 12:41:17 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies | ^ | 12/12/14 | David Edward Bruschi (orig. paper)
    The discovery is a long sought-after link between the theories of quantum mechanics and general relativityThe two towering achievements of 20th century physics are Einstein’s theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics. Both have fundamentally changed the way we view the universe and our place within it. And yet they are utterly incompatible: quantum mechanics operates on the tiniest scales while relativity operates on the grandest of scales. Never the twain shall meet; although not for lack of trying on the part of several generations of theorists including Einstein himself. Now one theorist has shown that an exotic quantum effect...
  • Our quantum problem

    09/29/2014 4:34:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 46 replies
    Aeon ^ | 1/28/14 | Adrian Kent
    In 1909, Ernest Rutherford, Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden took a piece of radium and used it to fire charged particles at a sheet of gold foil. They wanted to test the then-dominant theory that atoms were simply clusters of electrons floating in little seas of positive electrical charge (the so-called ‘plum pudding’ model). What came next, said Rutherford, was ‘the most incredible event that has ever happened to me in my life’. Despite the airy thinness of the foil, a small fraction of the particles bounced straight back at the source – a result, Rutherford noted, ‘as incredible as...
  • Quantum steps towards the Big Bang

    09/03/2013 5:19:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    A new approach to the unification of general theory of relativity and quantum theory Present-day physics cannot describe what happened in the Big Bang. Quantum theory and the theory of relativity fail in this almost infinitely dense and hot primal state of the universe. Only an all-encompassing theory of quantum gravity which unifies these two fundamental pillars of physics could provide an insight into how the universe began. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Golm/Potsdam and the Perimeter Institute in Canada have made an important discovery along this route. According to their theory,...
  • Astrophysics: Fire in the hole! (Black hole firewalls, relativity vs. quantum mechanics)

    04/05/2013 5:46:23 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    Nature ^ | 4/3/13 | Zeeya Merali
    n March 2012, Joseph Polchinski began to contemplate suicide — at least in mathematical form. A string theorist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, California, Polchinski was pondering what would happen to an astronaut who dived into a black hole. Obviously, he would die. But how? According to the then-accepted account, he wouldn’t feel anything special at first, even when his fall took him through the black hole’s event horizon: the invisible boundary beyond which nothing can escape. But eventually — after hours, days or even weeks if the black hole was big enough — he...
  • Retro-Engineering: Photos of 1967 General Electric 'Hardiman' Electric Exoskeleton

    01/15/2013 7:18:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Cybernetic Zoo ^ | 1967 | Cybernetic Zoo
    G.E. Hardiman I – Ralph Mosher (American) Hardiman is a name derived somehow, from "Human Augmentation Research and Development Investigation." and Man from MANipulator. Sometimes written as HardiMan, Hardi-Man, Hardi Man, Hardiman I. Said to also be officially called the "Powered Exo-skeleton." Note: some reports suggest that only one arm of Hardiman's was built. The above photo usually accompanies that comment, but it is incorrect. A complete Hardiman was built with both arms, but the comment refers to the earlier tests of just the single, upper manipulator. Later, even when the full machine was built, one side was made static,...
  • Quantum causal relations: A causes B causes A

    10/03/2012 4:33:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 10/2/12
    One of the most deeply rooted concepts in science and in our everyday life is causality; the idea that events in the present are caused by events in the past and, in turn, act as causes for what happens in the future. If an event A is a cause of an effect B, then B cannot be a cause of A. Now theoretical physicists from the University of Vienna and the Université Libre de Bruxelles have shown that in quantum mechanics it is possible to conceive situations in which a single event can be both, a cause and an effect...
  • Will College Dropouts Save America?

    10/24/2011 2:17:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/24/2011 | Michael Ellsberg
    I TYPED these words on a computer designed by Apple, co-founded by the college dropout Steve Jobs. The program I used to write it was created by Microsoft, started by the college dropouts Bill Gates and Paul Allen. And as soon as it is published, I will share it with my friends via Twitter, co-founded by the college dropouts Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and Facebook — invented, among others, by the college dropouts Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, and nurtured by the degreeless Sean Parker. American academia is good at producing writers, literary critics and historians....
  • Rethinking Einstein: The end of space-time

    08/09/2010 7:25:58 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    NewScientist ^ | 8/9/10 | Anil Ananthaswamy
    Physicists struggling to reconcile gravity with quantum mechanics have hailed a theory – inspired by pencil lead – that could make it all very simpleIT WAS a speech that changed the way we think of space and time. The year was 1908, and the German mathematician Hermann Minkowski had been trying to make sense of Albert Einstein's hot new idea - what we now know as special relativity - describing how things shrink as they move faster and time becomes distorted. "Henceforth space by itself and time by itself are doomed to fade into the mere shadows," Minkowski proclaimed, "and...
  • Quantum mechanics flummoxes physicists again

    07/24/2010 5:35:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 82 replies · 3+ views
    Nature ^ | 7/22/10 | Jon Cartwright
    A fresh take on a classic experiment makes no progress in unifying quantum mechanics and relativity. If you ever want to get your head around the riddle that is quantum mechanics, look no further than the double-slit experiment. This shows, with perfect simplicity, how just watching a wave or a particle can change its behaviour. The idea is so unpalatable to physicists that they have spent decades trying to find new ways to test it. The latest such attempt, by physicists in Europe and Canada, used a three-slit version — but quantum mechanics won out again. In the standard double-slit...
  • Scientists supersize quantum mechanics

    03/18/2010 9:10:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 720+ views
    Nature ^ | 3/17/10 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Largest ever object put into quantum state.A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving. Andrew Cleland at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his team cooled a tiny metal paddle until it reached its quantum mechanical 'ground state' — the lowest-energy state permitted by quantum mechanics. They then used the weird rules of quantum mechanics to simultaneously set the paddle moving while leaving it standing still. The experiment shows that the principles of quantum mechanics can apply...
  • Air Force mechanics keep MRAPs rolling

    12/21/2009 4:09:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 557+ views
    Air Force ^ | Senior Airman Jarrod R. Chavana, USAF
    12/21/2009 - CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- Five Air Force vehicle maintainers deployed to Iraq and assigned to Detachment 3 of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here are working to keep security forces personnel on the road, but they aren't working on patrol cars. The maintainers work on more than 60 vehicles, the most challenging being the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle on which they have had no prior training. "My Airmen are not sent to technical schools to learn how to work on MRAPs. They're learning how to fix these vehicles while deployed using technical manuals and field...
  • Mechanics keep vehicles mission ready (Gear-Heads)

    12/05/2009 1:45:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 276+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. April Mota, USA
    strong>With the help of an interpreter, Sgt. Steve Cyr, 101st Engineer Battalion, explains the best way to repair a faulty wiring harness to Spc. Murad, with the 6th Iraqi Army Field Engineer Regiment, Dec. 4. The U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers repaired equipment during a three-day maintenance course on Victory Base Complex, Baghdad. Photo by Staff Sgt. April Mota, 16th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — U.S. Soldiers here recently instructed Iraqi Army Soldiers on how to repair various faults on their equipment and vehicles. Some of the repairs included a turret handle, door bracket, fuel leak, an air tank leak and a...
  • 100 Skills Every Man Should Know

    11/16/2009 11:19:58 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 82 replies · 2,818+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 2008 | The Editors
    Automotive 1 | Handle a blowout “Instead of hitting the brakes, maintain your speed,” says Eric Espinosa, executive director of the Maryland-based National Institute of Vehicle Dynamics. Sudden changes of speed can compromise what structural integrity the tire may still have. Steer gently for the same reason. With things fully under control, slow gradually and pull over to the shoulder.
  • The 10 weirdest physics facts, from relativity to quantum physics

    11/12/2009 7:51:26 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 63 replies · 2,263+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/12/09 | Tom Chivers
    People who think science is dull are wrong. Here are 10 reasons why.Physics is weird. There is no denying that. Particles that don’t exist except as probabilities; time that changes according to how fast you’re moving; cats that are both alive and dead until you open a box. We’ve put together a collection of 10 of the strangest facts we can find, with the kind help of cosmologist and writer Marcus Chown, author of We Need To Talk About Kelvin, and an assortment of Twitter users. The humanities-graduate writer of this piece would like to stress that this is...
  • Mechanics Keep Troops Rolling in Afghanistan

    07/09/2009 4:34:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 233+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Elizabeth Raney, USA
    NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, July 9, 2009 – The eastern Afghanistan terrain is demanding, not only on soldiers, but also on their equipment. Keeping vehicles running is essential to mission success. Army Pfc. Jonathan M. Hall works on a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, July 2, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elizabeth Raney   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. That’s the job of Army Pfc. Jonathan M. Hall, a native of Elizabethtown, Ky., and a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic who serves with Task Force Mountain Warrior here with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th...
  • Airline mechanics who can't read English

    05/18/2009 9:29:30 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 46 replies · 2,546+ views
    WFAA-TV ^ | May 16, 2009 | Bryan Harris
    News 8 Investigates: Airline mechanics who can't read English 10:03 AM CDT on Saturday, May 16, 2009 By BYRON HARRIS / WFAA-TV News 8 has recently revealed serious flaws in the way the FAA licenses mechanics who fix planes. There is evidence of years of problems in testing these mechanics. There is also evidence that hundreds of mechanics with questionable licenses are working on aircraft in Texas. Now there is evidence of repair facilities hiring low-wage mechanics who can't read English. Twenty-one people were killed when U.S. Airways Express Flight 5481 crashed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2003. The plane...
  • Iraqi Army Mechanics Learn Generator Basics

    04/27/2009 4:12:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 232+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, April 27, 2009 – Mechanics from the Iraqi army’s 8th Motor Transport Regiment attended a six-day generator maintenance course here recently to improve their self-sufficiency and sustainability. The Iraqi army is not staffed with generator mechanics, even though a lot of their units rely on generators for their electricity. The soldiers who attended the course are vehicle mechanics who can directly apply the skills learned in the course to help to maintain the 8th Iraqi Army Division’s generators. “We want to learn as much information from the U.S. mechanics as we can and gain...
  • Physicist Receives Million-Pound Prize for Predicting a 'Hypercosmic God'

    03/24/2009 1:45:20 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 61 replies · 1,767+ views
    ICR ^ | March 24, 2009 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    On March 16, 2009, the Templeton Foundation announced the winner of its annual 1 million pound sterling (1.42 million USD) prize, an amount that exceeds the payoff of the prestigious Nobel Prize...Dr. d’Espagnat was awarded the prize for his work using theoretical physics to predict the reality of a hypercosmic god, who exists outside of the physical universe...
  • Iraqi Mechanics Trained in Generator Repair

    03/21/2009 9:48:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Allison Churchill, USA
    Iraqi Army mechanics proudly show off the skills they've learned in a generator mechanic class taught by U.S. Soldiers, March 12-16. Photo by Spc. Allison Churchill, Multi-National Division – Center. FOB DELTA — Seven Iraqi Soldiers recently learned how to repair generators in preparation for the handover of the Joint Security Stations in Wasit province.U.S. generator mechanics from the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) section, 41st Fires Brigade, conducted the training here, March 12 - 16.“They’ve absorbed six months of training in a few days,” said Sgt. 1st Class Vernon Watson, GSE non-commissioned officer in charge.The training began with classroom-style courses,...
  • Program in Diyala Trains Iraqi Mechanics (New Gearheads)

    02/17/2009 4:02:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Alisha Nye, 14th Public Affairs Detachment
    An Iraqi Soldier conducts maintenance on a vehicle after attending a two week training course at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, located in the Diyala province of Iraq. The maintenance on the vehicle acts as a final assignment for the course. Photo by Pfc. Alisha Nye. FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE — Soldiers with Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, have begun training Iraqi Army Soldiers the delicate art of vehicular machinery at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, located in the Diyala province of Iraq. “We first started training ... close to the end of the year,...
  • National Guard Mechanics Provide Critical Support to Iraq Mission

    01/27/2009 3:53:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Jasmine N. Walthall, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2009 – For the members of Company E, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, a National Guard unit out of Patchogue, N.Y., the job begins well before helicopters begin their flight here. Army Sgt. Darryl K. Joseph, a light equipment mechanic with the Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, based in Patchogue, N.Y., checks a transmission belt on a Humvee for rips and tears at Camp Stryker, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jasmine N. Walthall  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Company E is made up of...
  • Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier Keeps Wheels Turning in Iraq

    01/22/2009 3:40:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Jason Dangel, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Jan. 22, 2009 – A winter rain from the previous night had turned the camp here into a pool of sticky mud. Soldiers wearing waterproof boots walked gingerly through the slosh as they made their way to work, and traffic moved slowly over a slick surface. Army Sgt. Craig Priest, a transportation noncommissioned officer, ensures a soldier has enough room to maneuver a M1088 tractor truck during a cargo transportation mission at Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 12, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Dangel  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Sgt. Craig Priest, on...
  • Welders, Machinists Aid Iraqi Mechanics

    01/04/2009 11:39:03 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq | 1st Lt Lauren Yoshida, USA
    CAMP DHI QAR — Throughout Iraq, Coalition and Iraqi Soldiers have been training side by side in military operations. This partnership has been enhancing the Iraqi’s technical skills in areas ranging from engineering to maintenance operations. One such partnership took three young, technically proficient welders/machinists from the Forward Support Company, 14th Engineer Battalion (currently stationed on COB Adder in Southern Iraq) to adjacent Iraqi Camp Dhi Qar to work alongside Iraqi Army maintenance personnel. There, they helped them construct a covered maintenance facility in their motorpool. Over the course of five days, the three FSC Soldiers trained eight IA mechanics...
  • Turning Wrenches, Iraqi Style (Iraqi Gear-Heads)

    09/06/2008 3:10:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 108+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Whitney Houston, USA
    Iraqi Army Soldiers guide a Humvee engine to the ground with a small crane as part of a vehicle repair course, Aug. 30, 2008, at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad. Photo by Sgt. Whitney Houston, 2nd Stryker Brigade 25th Infantry Division. CAMP TAJI — Sixteen Iraqi Army mechanics graduated from a vehicle maintenance course on Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Sept. 4, following a month of rigorous training. The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled vehicle (Humvee) course was conducted by a Military Transition Team (MiTT) and focused on repair techniques, and ensuring IA Soldiers could teach their fellow Soldiers. The students’...
  • Bradley Mechanics Keep Missions on Track (Tread-Head GEAR-HEADS)

    07/16/2008 4:19:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 95+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. David Turner, USA
    COMBAT OUTPOST SUMMERS, Iraq, July 16, 2008 – On a sweltering hot July morning, the soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, are hard at work on two of the company's Bradley fighting vehicles. Army Pvt. Terrence Behanna, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, works with another soldier to clean out the engine compartment of a Bradley fighting vehicle at Combat Outpost Summers, Iraq, July 8, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Turner, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The engines sit on the concrete floor...
  • Mechanics Battle Taliban, Snow, Terrain to Keep Vehicles Working

    03/19/2008 4:35:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 193+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Brandon Aird, USA
    NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, March 19, 2008 – Mechanics from Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, have their work cut out for them here. Army Spc. Nathan Bolt-Ray, a mechanic in Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, turns a wrench while fixing a radiator on Forward Operating Base Keating in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province Feb. 28, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Aird  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The mechanics are stationed at Forward Operating Base Keating, located in a valley between two snow-melt-fed rivers in the Hindu Kush mountain range. Vehicle rollovers, flash floods, road...
  • Iraqi Army Soldiers Graduate First Ever Mechanic Course

    01/05/2008 8:31:56 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 141+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Elvyn Nieves, USA
    KARKH DISTRICT — After eight weeks of intense training, Iraqi Army Soldiers finally graduate from the first ever mechanics course, Dec. 30. More than 150 Soldiers now possess valuable knowledge in vehicle maintenance which will greatly help them with their mission. The training encompassed the basics repair of engines, clutches, manual and automatic transmissions, differential gear, two-and-four-wheel drive vehicles, brakes systems, mechanical and hydraulic steering mechanisms, cooling systems and basically everything else on the vehicle, said Eugene Koster, contractor of Fiafi Group and senior trainer at the training center. From the theoretical to in-depth, practical training, the Soldiers received clear...
  • Paratroopers Trade Shop Tools for Security Duty

    03/05/2007 4:59:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 222+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Timothy Dinneen
    Paratroopers Trade Shop Tools for Security Duty Mechanics, cooks, medics keep watch for VIPs, dignitaries. By Sgt. Timothy Dinneen Regional Command-East Public Affairs CHARIKAR, Afghanistan, March 5, 2007 -- Paratroopers that once spent their days making sure Humvees were ready for battle as mechanics at Fort Bragg, N.C., have exchanged their shop tools for M-4s and are now the driving force outside the wire as part of Task Force Gladius’ personal security detachment. "I trained with them and know what they can do, and they can do their jobs,"Army Cpl. Timothy Cozelos Mechanics, cooks, medics and other 82nd Airborne...
  • Vehicle Mechanics Keep Coalition Forces Moving

    01/30/2007 5:26:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 198+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Alexis Harrison
    Good attitudes attribute to the division's success. By Spc. Alexis Harrison 2nd Brigade Combat Team 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Jan. 30, 2007 — Mechanics from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, have been setting the pace for how a support platoon operates. "Dedication and hard work are just what these guys are made of," Sgt. 1st Class Carlton Parkhurst When they took over operations from the 4th Battalion Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), the platoon had more than 30 vehicles in need of repair. Not only...
  • Mechanics Make Quick, Smooth Transition in Baghdad

    11/20/2006 3:46:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 329+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq, Nov. 20, 2006 -- The new mechanics in town wasted no time getting busy when they arrived in Baghdad. Army Spc. Donald Blazer, a generator mechanic for 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, fixes a bracket on a generator door at Forward Operating Base Prosperity in Baghdad. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Mechanics from the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took over operations from the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th...
  • Popular Mechanics Takes On 9/11 Conspiracy Nutjobs! (VIDEO)

    09/13/2006 8:29:02 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 45 replies · 2,090+ views
    INSTAPUNDIT ^ | 9/13/06
    JIM MEIGS AND DAVID DUNBAR OF POPULAR MECHANICS appeared on PBS to debate the Loose Change folks regarding 9/11 conspiracy theories. You can see the Video HERE
  • U.S. Army Mechanics Maintain Wheels, Weapons

    06/07/2006 5:31:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 200+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Tim Sander
    U.S. Army Mechanics Maintain Wheels, Weapons Soldiers assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment maintain everything from vehicles to weapons for the entire Regional Command of Eastern Afghanistan. By U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Sander345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FORWARD OPERATING BASE ORGUN-E, Afghanistan, June 7, 2006 -- “I don’t believe in band-aids; I expect my mechanics to fix the problem,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Raymond R. Longoria, maintenance platoon leader for F Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment from Fort Drum, N.Y. "I personally have not heard the soldiers complain at all. The troops here are...
  • 4th ID mechanics restore abandoned vehicles for Iraqi army

    06/07/2006 4:10:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 393+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jun 6, 2006 | Spc. Lee Elder
    MUQDADIYAH, Iraq (Army News Service, June 6, 2006) – What began as a way to alleviate mechanics’ boredom between jobs has turned into a chance to enhance the combat capabilities of the fledgling Iraqi Army in northern Iraq. Mechanics supporting the 4th Infantry Division's A Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, part of Task Force Band of Brothers, have used their downtime to restore both American and Russian-made vehicles for use by the Iraqi army. The rebuilt vehicles were salvaged from a lot on Forward Operating Base Normandy called the "bone yard,” where many of the vehicles had been abandoned...
  • Oil-Stained Mechanics Keep Infantry Moving

    06/04/2006 8:34:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 448+ views
    HIT, Iraq, June 4, 2006 – The infantry isn't going to move far without help from a bunch of oil-stained soldiers. Just 11 soldiers are responsible for keeping the vehicles of Task Force 1-36 here running. Army Pfc. Guillermo Armendariz and Pfc. James Vail work to change an engine in a Bradley fighting vehicle in Hit, Iraq, June 3. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In this environment, it's a particularly tough job. Sand and dust clog intakes and contaminate oil. The infantrymen are driving the vehicles as much in a month as they used...
  • U.S. Army Mechanics Train Iraqi Counterparts

    05/26/2006 7:36:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Malec
    U.S. soldiers assigned to Company B, 589th Brigade Support Battalion, Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, take a moment to mingle with their Iraqi counterparts from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, based at Forward Operating Base Constitution. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Malec U.S. Army Mechanics Train Iraqi Counterparts U.S. soldiers will show their Iraqi army counterparts how to repair one vehicle, assist them with the next, and then let them finish the job with the remaining vehicles. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Malec Fires Brigade, 4th Infantry Division BAGHDAD, May...
  • The universe before it began

    05/24/2006 3:59:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 125 replies · 3,036+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 5/22/06 | Maggie Wittlin
    Scientists use quantum gravity to describe the universe before the Big Bang.Scientists may finally have an answer to a "big" question: If the Big Bang was the beginning of the universe, what could have caused it to happen? Using a theory called "loop quantum gravity," a group led by Penn State professor Abhay Ashtekar has shown that just before the Big Bang occurred, another universe very similar to ours may have been contracting. According to the group's findings, this previous universe eventually became so dense that a normally negligible repulsive component of the gravitational force overpowered the attractive component, causing...
  • Marine mechanics in Iraq keep supply convoys rolling

    04/01/2006 12:40:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Enrique S. Diaz
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (April 1, 2006) -- Working long hours under the sweltering Iraqi sun may not sound like an ideal work environment, but Marine mechanics here are not only unfazed by the situation, they're enjoying it. "I just like being a mechanic here, I'm getting more hands-on experience," said Lance Cpl. Adriana R. Anderson as she took a moment to rest while replacing an air compressor on top of a V8 engine. The 22-year-old, part of a Marine motor transportation platoon at this U.S. airbase in Iraq’s western Al Anbar Province, has been working on the engine...
  • NWA says it has almost replaced mechanics

    10/27/2005 10:39:54 AM PDT · by steel_resolve · 21 replies · 704+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 10/27/2005 | Joshua Freed
    Northwest Airlines Corp. said it has nearly finished replacing its striking mechanics. The company has hired nearly all of the 880 in-house mechanics it needs, spokesman Bill Mellon said Wednesday. He said the majority of those are new hires, although some are returning members of the striking Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) and some are mechanics who were laid off before the strike.
  • Northwest Union Declines to Allow A Contract Vote (Now Its Getting Silly)

    10/21/2005 5:09:20 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Northwest Union Declines to Allow A Contract Vote By SUSAN CAREY Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL October 21, 2005 7:19 p.m. The striking mechanics union at Northwest Airlines has put itself back in limbo. Late Thursday night, the union decided not to put the company's latest contract offer to a membership vote after all, claiming that Northwest added language in the return-to-work agreement that violates the union's constitution. A week ago, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association decided to put Northwest's current contract offer to a vote of the 4,400 strikers, after twice declining to put previous and less...
  • Northwest Mechanics to Vote on New Offer

    10/17/2005 10:16:44 AM PDT · by steel_resolve · 11 replies · 497+ views
    WaPo ^ | Saturday, October 15, 2005 | AP
    NEAPOLIS -- Union leaders said late Friday that they would let striking Northwest Airlines mechanics vote on the carrier's latest offer, which would save the jobs of only a fraction of those who walked out nearly two months ago. As it now stands, the offer might preserve 500 of the 4,100 jobs that members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association held when they went on strike Aug. 20, the union said.
  • WSJ: Strikingly Misguided - The AMFA has ensured many employees won't be around for long.

    08/31/2005 5:19:55 AM PDT · by OESY · 24 replies · 1,135+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 31, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    More than a week into the first major carrier strike in the U.S. in seven years, Northwest Airlines is showing every sign of surviving. At this point, some 4,400 mechanics and aircraft cleaners ought to be asking some hard questions of the union leadership that handed them their picket signs. By the end of last week, Northwest had announced that its flight-cancellation rates and number of planes out of service had recovered to acceptable levels. Northwest's replacement workers allowed the airline to complete 98% of its scheduled flights on Friday, and the carrier is in a position to begin permanently...
  • Mechanics strike, but early travel smooth as company keeps flying (Northwest Airlines)

    08/20/2005 8:48:21 AM PDT · by xjcsa · 34 replies · 885+ views
    Red Star Tribune ^ | August 20, 2005 | Joshua Freed, Associated Press
    Northwest Airlines brought replacement workers on the job today after mechanics went on strike to protest big pay cuts and layoffs that would have cut their numbers almost in half. The nation's fourth-largest carrier has pledged to keep its planes in the air, saying it has been preparing for the strike for more than a year and a half. It said it has lined up about 1,900 replacement workers, vendor employees and managers to begin filling shifts today. While striking mechanics have ridiculed the idea that Northwest can fly without them, there were no signs of disruption in the day's...
  • Could 8-21 be a “9-11 type” Milestone for the Airline Industry?

    08/07/2005 5:43:06 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 10 replies · 787+ views
    In the airline industry, 9-11 is a dividing line as profound as the K-T boundary in paleontology. The asteroid impact 65 million years ago which caused the Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction event ended the reign of dinosaurs. In the future, 8-21-2005 may be viewed as even more significant for the airline industry, and possibly the entire US economy than 9-11. August 21, 2005 is likely to be the first day of operation by Northwest Airlines (NWAC) after imposing 26% pay-cuts on its mechanics. Northwest claims that it has enough replacement mechanics lined up so that its’ flight schedule will not be...
  • No paradox for time travellers

    06/20/2005 9:35:37 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 72 replies · 1,754+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6/18/05 | Mark Buchanan
    THE laws of physics seem to permit time travel, and with it, paradoxical situations such as the possibility that people could go back in time to prevent their own birth. But it turns out that such paradoxes may be ruled out by the weirdness inherent in laws of quantum physics. Some solutions to the equations of Einstein's general theory of relativity lead to situations in which space-time curves back on itself, theoretically allowing travellers to loop back in time and meet younger versions of themselves. Because such time travel sets up paradoxes, many researchers suspect that some physical constraints must...
  • New model 'permits time travel'

    06/17/2005 12:06:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 177 replies · 3,318+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/17/05 | Julianna Kettlewell
    If you went back in time and met your teenage parents, you could not split them up and prevent your birth - even if you wanted to, a new quantum model has stated.Researchers speculate that time travel can occur within a kind of feedback loop where backwards movement is possible, but only in a way that is "complementary" to the present. In other words, you can pop back in time and have a look around, but you cannot do anything that will alter the present you left behind. The new model, which uses the laws of quantum mechanics, gets...
  • 27 illegal immigrants (mechanics and repair workers) arrested at PTI airport

    03/09/2005 2:50:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies · 2,699+ views
    News & Record ^ | 3/09/05 | Taft Wireback
    27 immigrants arrested at PTI 3-9-05 By Taft Wireback Staff Writer News & Record GREENSBORO -- Federal agents arrested 27 people Tuesday on immigration charges at Piedmont Triad International Airport, where they worked as airplane mechanics and repair workers at TIMCO, an aviation maintenance company. The arrests of immigrants from eight countries were part of Operation Tarmac, a nationwide effort to keep undocumented workers out of the supposedly secure parts of airports where a terrorist strike could be carried out. Authorities said there is no reason to believe at this time that any of those arrested at PTI were involved...
  • FAA grounds company that hired flight crew in Teterboro crash

    03/03/2005 3:15:33 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 626+ views
    NewsDay ^ | March 3, 2005, 5:17 PM EST | By JEFFREY GOLD
    NEWARK, N.J. -- The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the company that hired the flight crew for the corporate jet that crashed last month while attempting to take off from Teterboro Airport, and claims it may be unqualified to fly passengers. The company, Platinum Jet Management, has also refused to fully comply with an FAA subpoena for documents, withholding training records, duty time records and pay records for pilots and mechanics, according to court papers the agency filed late Wednesday. The court documents were disclosed Thursday after a federal judge in Newark ordered Platinum Jet to attend a hearing Monday...
  • A Bronx Curbside Whisper: 'Hey, Need a Tuneup?'(Street Mechanics and the American Way)

    12/18/2004 5:50:17 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 46 replies · 1,395+ views
    NY Times ^ | 19 December 2004 | ANDREA ELLIOTT
    The men saunter up and down a littered block of Third Avenue in the Bronx, casting sidelong glances at passing cars. When the cars slow down, the men mouth silent promises of a cheap fix. When the drivers pull over, the men scan for cops before sliding up to the curb. It is a singular hustle. There are no drugs or sex. Instead, the hoods of the cars fly open and the men get to work, pulling out greasy tools to perform every mechanical remedy from oil changes to hair-raising tuneups and axle replacements, right on the street.
  • 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,...