Thursday, June 7, 2012

Watch, Read, Listen and Do: Science Summed Up, Death of a Sci-Fi Master and a Lesson in Efficiency

As makers of linear slides, guides and rotary motion technologies, we make it our business to innovate, create and constantly educate ourselves on the world around us. This weekly feature will sum up some highlights in science, manufacturing, engineering, technology and academic news. We hope these finds pique your interest as much as it did for us. What did you think?

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It's amazing when something incredibly complex gets paraphrased in a way that inspires an epiphany. That's exactly the gist of this vintage video clip shared recently on NPR in which legendary physicist Richard Feynman articulates the essence of science in 63 seconds.

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Ray Bradbury, a masterful science fiction writer who tapped into our optimism and fears of technological advances with his imaginative descriptions of the future, died  this week at the age of 91. The New York Times paid tribute to the Fahrenheit 451 author with a compelling profile that weaves in memorable quotes and a fascinating narrative about the literary giant.

If alien life tries to communicate with us, will we have the tools to hear it? The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute — a research facility that's had receptors trained to the sky for decades in search of some signal — recently lost key funding that could shut it down. Tune in to this NPR podcast that nicely sums up the history of the program and its uncertain future.

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We get alerts for free webinars all the time. This Thursday, anyone's welcome to join this one hosted by Automation World on "How to Increase Batch Plant Efficiency." The free hourlong online seminar targets folks in the automation industry. It starts at 1 p.m. today, and you might still have time to register!