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Why Don’t Sheep Shrink In The Rain?

If you put a wool sweater through the laundry, it shrinks. So why don’t sheep, which are, you know, basically made of wool, why don’t they shrink in the rain? The answer comes down to friction. Like all mammal hair, wool fibers are covered in overlapping scales that run the …

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The Evolution of Modern Technology

A perspective is presented on how communications technology has evolved over the last century and has resulted in the digital revolution and information explosion affecting bio-communications today. This effect includes three sections: historical perspective, current situation, and future direction. The relationship between information technology and societal factors impacting on higher …

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Science and Technology in Early Modern Europe

Much of the basis of modern science rests with scientists of the medieval and early modern periods. Special Collections at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Norlin Library houses first editions of two works that are considered groundbreaking studies in their respective fields. “De la pirotechnia” published in Venice in 1540 …

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The Cable That United The World

– You know that frustrating feeling when a message takes more than a few seconds to send? Well, it’s hard to imagine today, but before the mid-19th century, sending news across the ocean could take weeks to arrive. Then, thanks to an incredible, yet mostly forgotten technological achievement, that gap …

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