This is a fairly long article, but it is a worthwhile read, especially for those of us who live in the US. It could give you a window into viewpoints about the healthcare debate outside the bubble of our own existences and thinking.
The Old Chain of Rocks bridge is just a short distance north of St. Louis, MO. This bridge used to carry the famous Route 66 highway across the Mississippi River. Today this bridge is limited to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and is part of a trail system that is being developed in the area.If you wish to visit the bridge by car, you should park on Chouteau Island on the Illinois side of the river. The parking lot on the Missouri side is closed off these days, most likely due to safety concerns. You can also ride a bike from St. Louis to the bridge if you wish, or park a couple of miles away from the bridge on the Missouri side and walk.
This is the entrance to the bridge from Illinois.This is a pedestrian’s view of the bridge.The bridge is unique because of a 22 degree bend in the middle.There is some memorabilia on the bridge from the old days when it used to serve road traffic.You find this rusted sign at the Missouri end of the bridge.There also is a small rest area on the Missouri side of the bridge.This is what the entrance to the bridge from Missouri looks like.The next few pictures are from the bridge.The pictures below were taken from one of the trails on Chouteau Island. The first picture also shows a water intake from the river, and the new Chain of Rocks bridge that carries Interstate 270 across the Mississippi.
Fascinating article! I learned a new term from this article – Quantum Critical Point.
I followed one of the names mentioned in the article to find this short lecture on the topic.
A lingering question in my mind is about the energy consumed (be it in a cooling process, or in the application of high pressures, or in some other process) in creating these superconducting states and maintaining them for practical applications. Seems like that would be significant regardless of the efficiencies achieved once you get there. Is there not a trade-off involved? I do not remember any mention of this aspect in the article or the video.
For this week’s challenge, I scrambled around looking for any and all pictures taken during recent travels that could be relevant to the theme of windows, regardless of the context in which the theme could be invoked. The result could appear to be somewhat scattershot. Perhaps the real unifying theme is that these pictures a part of larger stories that appear elsewhere in my blogs.
During our recent visit to New England, we stayed one evening at a lovely Bed and Breakfast establishment in Gorham, NH. I wandered around early in the morning, taking the following pictures that showcase some of the windows in this old home.The following pictures were taken during the same New England trip in Tip-Top House, which used to be a hotel right at the top of Mt. Washington in NH. The entire facility still exists in its original form even though it is not in use today. The windows here seemed somewhat small. Perhaps they are that way in order to minimize the loss of heat.The following pictures were taken from the window of my plane on my way to the Canadian Rockies for a six day bike ride.The following pictures were taken from the window of our van as we drove into Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies for the start of the bike ride.These last pictures was taken during the rescue operation after the bike ride, during my train ride from Edmonton to Toronto on The Canadian.
“Albert Einstein didn’t like them.
To him, black holes were a bit of an embarrassment, as they compromised his dream of a “rational” nature, that is, natural phenomena that we could describe and quantify with the usual methods of science. According to this view, good scientific theories shouldn’t generate absurd (read: “irrational”) results.”
The mathematician Ken Ono believes that the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan — mathematical savant and two-time college dropout — holds valuable lessons for how we find and reward hidden genius.
Here are a couple of really old pictures, not necessarily of great quality, with observations of layering.
One can perhaps guess the circumstances under which the first picture was taken, and if you look more carefully, you can see that there are people in another aircraft, maybe a few hundred feet away from us, who have a similar viewpoint.Layering of colors is fairly typical when your aircraft is heading towards the sunset. (You can also make out the edge of the wing of our aircraft in the picture below.)Submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge.