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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math… and Scouting?

Scouting is outdoor adventure like camping, backpacking, climbing and canoeing, right? Does that leave the technology-heavy learning to a realm outside of Scouting? Not exactly. This video from has been making the rounds of the internet, and it got me thinking about how we teach kids about programming. Take a look… Teamwork is essential? … Continue reading »

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Day 32: The Virtual Cubmaster

How did people run packs before e-mail? For that matter, how did they do it before text messages, cell phones, the internet, and social media? Case in point: a few days ago I got an e-mail (on my phone) from one of our Den Leaders. It said “I think the Tiger Picnic is scheduled for … Continue reading »

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When we reach for the stars

25 years ago today the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members of STS-51-L were lost in the accident. At a memorial service three days later at Johnson Space Center, President Reagan said: Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short. But we must pick ourselves up … Continue reading »

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How to launch a space shuttle in less than four minutes

A time lapse video of the shuttle Discovery being prepared for launch More about the making of the video here.

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DARPA celebrates my birthday!

In order to celebrate my birthday tomorrow DARPA is offering a $40,000 prize to the first person or group of people that can find 10 red balloons. DARPA, aka the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is not just looking for any ten red balloons, but ten specific red weather balloons they have positioned around the … Continue reading »

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Engineering Problems vs. Marketing Problems

Spinal Tap Engineering. Today’s XKCD made me laugh out loud. Some problems are marketing and sales problems, not engineering problems. Units of measure are sooooo unnecessary.

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Turkey Brining and Osmotic Pressure

For the Thanksgiving feast this year I was responsible for the turkey, so I had the opportunity to brine a turkey again. I was thinking about the whole process this year, and was wondering if osmotic pressure had much of a role in getting the additional water into the turkey meat. Osmotic pressure develops when … Continue reading »

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Saturn on The Big Picture

One of my favorite places on the internet is a photo blog hosted by the Boston Globe called The Big Picture. Each post is a set of related images, usually something timely, often high resolution, and always breathtaking. Yesterday the collection was a series of images from Cassini, the probe we currently have orbiting Saturn. … Continue reading »

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Uranium Ore on Amazon

Uranium ore for sale on Amazon. Stock up for the winter! Now I just need that processing plant. The funniest part of this is the comments. You really should go read them. Great Product, Poor Packaging I purchased this product 4.47 Billion Years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty. Great … Continue reading »

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Caffeine vs. Calories

Interesting plot of caffeine vs. calories showed up in my RSS feed. A large mocha frappucino is the same calories as a big mac? Wow. Give me my Americano any day. How can you tell if you are a real caffeine addict? If all your drinks are found in the lower right corner. Source

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