Take Five: TCR’s Internet Quintet

Cracking The Cod(ex)

The Voynich Manuscript has been called the world’s most mysterious medieval manuscript. It is an illustrated codex made of vellum, carbon-dated to the early 15th century. The manuscript is written in an unknown script and almost every page has a colorful drawing or diagram. Countless cryptographers, linguists, botanists, astronomers and historians have studied its text […]

Nothing Like The Sun

“There is not a single ‘should give’ or ‘guess’ about it. Sun power is now a fact, and is no longer in the ‘beautiful possibility’ stage. It can compete profitably with coal in the true tropics now.”   —Frank Shuman, American engineer and solar energy pioneer, 1913   In 1515, Leonardo da Vinci made sketches of […]

Web Time

1. Never mind jokes about changing light bulbs. When spiders but their collective mind to it, they can pull down 8-foot long fluorescent light fixtures. In Baltimore, at least.   2. That’s not surprising when we consider spider silk as a prototype for synthetic muscle.   3. In fact, it turns out that the screenwriters […]