Polestar Priority

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For as long as humanity has ventured onto the high seas, sailors have used the stars of the night sky to navigate across the otherwise featureless expanses of Earth’s oceans. While that sounds hopelessly complicated and belonging to the realm of astronomical experts, it is actually far simpler. Thanks to the relatively fixed position of the North Star atop the …

Staring Off Into Space

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The Hubble Space Telescope cost $2.5 billion to build, and its five service missions pushed its total costs to north of $10 billion. Evenly spread across Hubble’s 26-year operating life, the costs of the most significant instrument in humanity’s history come to approximately $385,000,000 a year … every year. The feat of engineering represented by the HST alone is mind-boggling: Hubble’s …

Push to Change

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If you were to setup shop outside the men’s bathroom on the floor where I work, and observed the comings and goings there for any length of time, a few observations would soon manifest themselves: The large silver button meant to provide assistance in opening the bathroom door to folks with disabilities gets A LOT of work. None of the …

The 1%’ers

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In this modern age of wonders, everything is getting smaller, from tangible products like laptop computers and industrial grade servers to more ethereal concepts like the shelf-life of Change and the barriers of Distance. (Except smartphones, for which “cutting edge” no longer means it can easily be used with one hand and comfortably fit in your pocket.) As a sign …