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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Thursday March 18, 2004. The Stumpers list is primarily for librarians faced with questions they can't answer from their own resources. Here's one: "Hi. Can someone please help me with this reference question? "How fast would a skull the size of Delaware have to travel to stay in geosynchronous orbit directly above time square?"

I passed this on to the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.science, where it drew some useful replies. Passed those replies back to Stumpers.

I think this beats my old favorite: Where can I buy clothes for my plaster geese?

***"She had a shape like a mating pretzel...." From a story in _Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters_, by Richard S. Prather. It was in the free box at Steeple People thrift store. They don't write them like that any more.

From Steeple People, across the street to the Wedge.

As I passed the Wedge's service counter, Donna asked how I was doing.

"Fine," I answered. "The bus strike has been good for my health."

From the Wedge to Lunds supermarket in Uptown, then home again. About 39 blocks walked.
From the UK edition of Google News:
Britain to fend off India, China in science
Times of India - 7 hours ago
LONDON: Britain will increase funding for science to be the world's most attractive location for hi-tech business and to fend off the growing challenge from India and China.
Alarmed UK tries to save tech jobs Economic Times
Brown pledges extra support for science research The Times, UK (subscription)
Guardian - Telegraph.co.uk - Financial Times - The Register - and 24 related
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 18-Mar-2004
Geological Society of America Bulletin
Glacial records depict ice age climate in synch worldwide
An answer to the long-standing riddle of whether the Earth's ice ages occurred simultaneously in both the Southern and Northern hemispheres is emerging from the glacial deposits found in the high desert east of the Andes.

Public Release: 18-Mar-2004
Prototype system developed by Wright State computer engineer allows blind to 'see'
Researchers at Wright State University have developed a prototype device to help blind individuals "see." Nikolaos Bourbakis, Ph.D., Ohio Board of Regents Distinguished Professor of Information Technology at Wright State's College of Engineering and Computer Science is the principal investigator.
National Science Foundation

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