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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

TravelandNature ·
Dr. F - A wonderful tribute to a man, a place, and a friendship. The sense of fun and of respect clearly rings from your writing. Thank you for sharing this.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks, TravelandNature! Arthur was a wonderfully kind and sweet man. He was probably the most intelligent person I've ever interacted with one-on-one, but always made me feel very welcome and comfortable with him. We had a nice chemistry between us that I believe we both enjoyed. He was the one who nicknamed me, "DrFumblefinger" and encouraged me to write about my adventures. So here I am now --DrFumblefinger writing about my passion for travel!
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Nevin ·
Hi Dr. Fumblefinter, I was wondering if you knew the location of Arthur Clarke's former residence, or perhaps his grave? I'll be visiting Colombo for work next month and I'd like to make a visit, even if just outside of the walls of the house.
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Re: Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Nevin, Nice to hear from you and thanks for your interest in Sir Arthur. Arthur's home is at 25 Barnes Place in Colombo, which is near the popular shopping store Odels. A taxi or even tuk-tuk should be able to get you there. His former business partner and best friend, a SriLankan, still lives at this home. You won't see too much from the outside as it is a walled compound. If you contact the home and come during business hours, it is likely that someone will take you to see Arthur's...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

Travel Rob ·
A great piece! Amazing to me how some of the best products of their day were not built commercially . Even when they were, sometimes they were not successful. Cars like the GE-100 are great examples of that. A true find and thanks for teaching us more!
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
Love it! Exactly the type of finding that makes a trip memorable. Something proponents of electric cars seem to forget or choose to ignore -- where does the electricity come from? Currently mostly from coal and oil fired plants, so the practical side of having them for most doesn't currently make that much sense (might as well burn the oil product in the car engine, right). But I am hopeful that was energy technology improves, as it surely will, we'll develop better ways of charging these...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
The argument, and I'm not informed enough to judge it, is that the amount of fossil fuel needed to generate electricity for a plug-in is far less than that required to run a gasoline engine. The same sort of argument that points out that a gallon of fuel moves far more freight on a diesel train than a diesel truck. On the other hand, that's about plug-in cars. For hybrids, it's a different story because the batteries charge while the car is running on gas. So less gas is used than using gas...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
As I understand it, with hybrids the batteries charge when the car brakes are applied (transferring the energy of moving to the battery), so they're especially well adapted to city driving in places with lots of stop signs and traffic lights. Less useful for driving on open road because you don't brake often. So living in Brooklyn, I think the hybrid would be a reasonable choice for you. I don't think battery technology is anywhere near "ripe" yet, but as with the Mercury and Gemini...
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
Much further to go, of course, but even in a highway driving situation (and a city/highway mix), hybrids are generally cheaper to run than their gas-only counterparts. That's Camry vs Camry hybrid, for example, not Corolla vs Prius.
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
A little further research confirms what I thought: at least in the Toyota and Ford hybrids, the gasoline engine powers a generator/charger while in use. That's in addition to the power captured from braking.
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Re: Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

DrFumblefinger ·
I have some friends with a Prius, and their greatest fuel efficiency comes when driving in the city, not on the highway. Paradoxical, but it shows how good the braking is at building up a charge. Good to know there is a backup generator. While the hybrids save on fuel, they also cost thousands of dollars more than their non hybrid counterparts. For an average consumer, it takes many years to recapture that extra cost for the hybrid on fuel savings, if they ever will. And there's the issue of...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

DrFumblefinger ·
Part 1a of this blog series discussed the city of Colombo.  This post focuses on its most famous resident, Sir Arthur C. Clarke   (Sir Arthur, at a desk.  An email addict, he loved the power of computers)   Much of my time in...
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The Colby Trophy Room, Museum of Science, Boston (Where Gumbo was #116)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Gumbo was visiting the interesting Museum of Science in Boston.  It's especially a great museum to explore with children, but fun for everyone!  There are many fascinating exhibits and demonstrations that take a full day to...
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The Space Race from the Soviet Side Displayed at London's Science Museum

Travel Rob ·
There's an exhibition at the London Science museum called Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age." It has technology that put the first dog, man and woman into orbit on display and most of it has never seen outside of Russia,   There...
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Museum find: GE's 'missing' electric car

PHeymont ·
Long forgotten except in Schenectady's science museum, the little GE electric car that could, long before Prius and Tesla. Here's its story.
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Feb. 1, 2016: Academy of Natural Science Philadelphia

Jonathan L ·
Outside the Academy of Natural Science there are some wonderful statues.
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Toronto's science center: Mammoths and Mastodons

PHeymont ·
Toronto, a great weekend destination from many places, has a new attraction: Mammoths and Mastodons, at the Ontario Science Center.
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Nov. 8, 2017: 8 Free Things to do in St. Louis (pt 1)

Samantha ·
Samantha shares half her list and pictures of top free things to do. Don't go yet, though: the rest will come your way soon!
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Travel to Where "Your Shadow Always Has Company"

PHeymont ·
Well, you can't actually visit the planet Kepler 16b; it's not even in our solar system. But graphic artists at the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) have made up dream travel posters for several "exoplanets" (planets that orbit other...
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Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh (Where Gumbo was #209)

George G. ·
Gumbo was visiting George G's home city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specifically the Carnegie Science Center.
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Schenectady: Two Museum Gems

PHeymont ·
Two small but fascinating museums in Schenectady, New York offer a day's worth of information and education. One's for science, the other for history.
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Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago

Samantha ·
On a visit to Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry wasn't at the top of Samantha's list...but now it might be. Here's her report!
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Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Where Gumbo was #268)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting an excellent museum in Denver, its Nature and Science Museum. The museum has many galleries as part of its permanent exhibits and featured two interesting exhibits when DrFumblefinger visited, one on the Dead Sea Scrolls and one on Nature's Bioluminescence.
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Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum, Milan

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting this rather large hit-and-miss collection. The hits include a wonderful collection of models based on da Vinci's drawings, and an intriguing train collection.
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The Danville Science Center, Virginia

George G. ·
George G visits the interesting Science Center in Danville, Virginia. The Center contains a complex of buildings with a wide variety of science-related exhibits, including a very nice collection of railroad items.
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Re: Feb. 1, 2016: Academy of Natural Science Philadelphia

DrFumblefinger ·
Jonathan, do you know if that shell is an actual fossil, or a sculpture? I presume the later, but would hope for the former.
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Re: Feb. 1, 2016: Academy of Natural Science Philadelphia

Jonathan L ·
The shell is a sculpture/cast, but I think the dinosaurs are real ;-)
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Re: Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
What a great museum! I've got to make sure I visit this one next time I'm in Chicago.
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Re: Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago

Samantha ·
It was way more than I was expecting. Definitely plan to spend a majority of a day there, especially if you see some of the shows and do the submarine tour. We definitely need to go back some day to do more exploring. Thanks for the comment and I hope you make it one day soon.
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