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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 232

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page of backlog opinions and events is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory

What was so special about MIT’s Building 20? Known more poetically as the “Plywood Palace,” had been hastily erected during World War II to house the Radiation Laboratory, the Allied forces’ primary radar-development institute. It was a key site for one of the huge, timely scientific breakthroughs that helped the Allies win the war. In this building, a striking range of breakthroughs were made: Aside from radar, the space birthed the commercial atomic clock, the technology to detect gravitational waves, modern linguistics and cognitive science, Bose speakers, and one of the first video games.

 In 1970, physicist Rainer Weiss spent a summer holed up in a closet-sized room designing the basic experiment that led to the construction of LIGO. Laser Inter-ferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory picked up the first evidence of them from the collision of two black holes far across the universe. 

What was so special about MIT’s Building 20?

4,000: Number of researchers, across 20 disciplines, the building housed after the war

20%: Proportion of US physicists who worked at one time in Building 20

9: Number of Nobel Prize winners who worked there

Atomic time? International definition of the second as 9,192,631,770 oscillations of the cesium atom. Jerrold Zacharias developed this atomic clock.

Spaces like Ancient Greek agora or the 20th-century Parisian cafés allowed for what urban theorist Jane Jacobs called “knowledge spillovers”—when ideas cross disciplines, perhaps by way of incidental conversation that might take place in a hallway, elevator. In Jacobs’ favorite example, the shipyards of Detroit that percolated the pioneers of the auto industry.

Low Road buildings? They are low-visibility, low-rent, no-style, high-turnover places

Can you recognize these German empires that flourished during Nazi power? Krupp, Bayer, BMW, Daimler, IG Farben, Opel, Agfa, Shell, Schneider, Telefunken, Siemens, Struthof…

Astana next meeting among Turkey, Iran and Russia: Okay Erdogan, you wanted to prove something that does Not convince us. Now, get out of Afrin and let the Syrian regime control the Kurdish activities and protect your borders from any fictitious infiltrations

Next period in Syria/Iraq: We want to do business. It is about time we stop all these non-sense. Let’s ponder how to dismantle and tightly control all these mercenary factions.

How transferring all these diplomats from and to USA/Europe and Russia can affect world stability? If these messages are Not taken care of quickly, Russia might close France and England embassies to warn them that they have to take an active role in NATO and stop meddling with Russia borders and spheres of influence.

Hey you Kurds in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran: The UN has no money to send peace keeping forces anywhere to arrange your dreams for any State. You are No South Sudan that proved to be a sink of an independent State for famine and calamities. Decide which passport you like to carry from your neighboring States.

Al tansseek? Erdogan, baddak tebarhen enno al jaish al Terki ta7t omratak? Taiyyeb, khod Afrin mou2akattan wa ne7na mnaakhod Al Ghouta. A3ti amer lal mortaza2a bi kassef Damascus.

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February 2023

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