Category Archives: History

Casual Friday — fascinating engineering facts about the Titanic

Sure, the sinking of the Titanic gets all the press — but the engineering that went into her and her sister ships in the Olympic-class was impressive for their time, and still is today. Bill (“Engineer Guy”) Hammack explains all… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #349 — Montezuma Pithouse

Some years ago, I told you about the (very inaccurately named) Montezuma’s Castle structure in Arizona. Today, you get to see a pithouse down the road from it… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #348 — Islendingur

On display at the Viking World museum near Iceland’s Keflavik Airport, it’s the Islendingur (“Icelander”) — a modern-day recreation of a Viking longship… Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 1/28 – 2/03/2015

The past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #347 — Barringer’s rim

If you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood of Flagstaff, Arizona, I’d highly recommend a side-trip to see Barringer Crater… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #345 — Glen Canyon Dam

A feat of engineering, yet also a remarkably controversial piece of concrete, it’s the Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #344 — “Cluster’s Last Stand”

Here, you see what was once the last flight-worthy Saturn IB launch vehicle, now on static display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex… Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #343 — Ball Court Marker, Lubaantun

Seen at the “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” traveling exhibition, it’s a Limestone Ball Court Marker from Late Classic Lubaantun, Belize Continue reading

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Carnivalia — 11/26 – 12/02/2014

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The scientific tourist #342 — Chinese MiG-15

A beautiful example of the type, on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight… Continue reading

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