Professorial arm wrestling in Zurich

If, at the age of 54, you can still arm-wrestle (and win) against a 23 year old ‘superb athlete with impressive strength and stamina’, you’re doing pretty well. And Professor Didier Sornette Professor on [sic] the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks, Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, can perform just such a […]

A Measured Look at Schoolroom Chalk Dust

At long last, after millions of students in thousands of classrooms have freely and incautiously breathed trillions of breaths, there’s a report about the question: How much chalk dust enters the air when a teacher uses a blackboard? The study, Assessment of Airborne Fine Particulate Matter and Particle Size Distribution in Settled Chalk Dust During Writing and Dusting […]

He preferred to eat his cookie (adios, Duckett)

The Age [in Australia] reports about the cookie-munching that took down [former Australian official, who then moved to Canada] Alberta Health Services President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Duckett: “The senior health administrator appointed to advise the Victorian government on how to dismantle the state’s healthcare networks in 1999 has lost a high-paying job in […]

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