In order to send first human to Mars, plenty of pioneering activities must be taken. It’s a journey on an unprecedented scale in the history of human spaceflight, but like any other voyage, even the longest one, starts with a small, seemingly insignificant step.

That’s what MarsPolar, a new international venture does recently to prepare for a challenging and bumpy road to the Red Planet.
What do wealthy progressives in New York and California share in common? Both groups are happy to exploit poor people as part of their self-identification. In California, that has involved not vaccinating their children, instead letting poor kids get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for their special snowflakes, while in New York it means adopting a veil of environmental sincerity, by going after both nuclear power and natural gas, while quietly buying all the fossil fuel energy they can get to prevent brown-outs. Let poor people in Pennsylvania have health risks, say New Yorkers.
Searching for the perfect equation

You can discuss obesity and weight loss without using math...in the same way you can discuss Astronomy without using math. While there may be a way to present a conjecture in either field using just logic and pure reason, math becomes necessary as the questions tackle more complex and defined aspects of the science. The mathematical regulation of body weight is easy understand and comes directly from a simple energy balance equation with “R” equaling the amount of weight gain or loss, based on calories in, “I”, minus calories expended, “E.”

This poem is too good to just quote the final stanza.

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

The solvability of polynomials was a question that intrigued mathematicians for centuries after a formula was found for both cubic and quartic polynomials in the early 16th century.  It seemed only a matter of time, will, and cleverness to find a formula for quintic polynomials.  The answer Galois provided us three centuries later was: no - there are no general formulas for 5th and higher order polynomials.

In 1984, I was a Freshman in high school and much more interested in making the soccer team, getting kicked out of my honors classes and that girl sitting over there, than I was into the medical literature of the day. Which would explain why I missed an article by Rudolph Leibel and Jules Hirsch examining why we can't keep lost weight from coming back.

This was pre-Oprah, if such a thing can be imagined, so it seems that the public mostly missed this article as well. It appeared in the February issue of Metabolism and was titled "Diminished Energy Requirements in Reduced-Obese Patients." 
I write drafts on paper. It would be nice if the electronic versions of documents looked similar to the drafts. It would be even better is the same paper-like form could be used for a web site with all its menus and an eBook with all the chapters. In this blog, I will go over the technology stack I use to present the same simple text on a web site and an eBook. This works for a static web site (things are added only once in a while). One needs to be comfortable with open source software, and tweaking other people's code a little.

HTML, CSS, and Javascript
Gas rules

Gas rules

Jun 21 2015 | 1 comment(s)

The picture of a central positively charged nucleus of an atom surrounded by negatively charged swarming electrons explains so much detail in the nature of our world.  This is known as the atomic model.  The behavior of gas, liquids and solids are almost completely explained with just that model (after including quantum effects).  Basic things like weather, water behavior, rock mechanics and fire to name but a small few. 

Let us start with nothing. A naive human has come to stay in your home. Perhaps it's a Tarzan type of character, just arrived from the wild, or, if you like a modern twist, it's a government agent who has been hit over the head and can't even remember his name. In any case, this naive human will, within a few hours of arrival, make his way to your kitchen and begin poking around, because he's hungry.

Vermont's somewhat odd GMO warning label law, which made sure to exempt anything that would impact Just Label It yogurt millionaire Gary Hirshberg's supply of dairy and import things like alcohol, restaurants and the Whole Foods deli section, is about to cost consumers millions of dollars.