The Creator’s Signature

LightGrams December 3, 2020 Volume 24, Number 44 A piece of technology history is scheduled to be auctioned next week. An Apple-1 computer, one of only 200 that was produced in 1976, will have a starting bid of $50,000, and who knows how high the bidding will go? Making this item especially valuable is that…

Swimming Past Disabilities

LightGrams November 19, 2020 Volume 24, Number 42 Eleven years ago Anthony Capuano could have decided to take the path of least resistance. It was then that he was struck by a train, losing a leg in the accident. Fitted with a prosthetic leg, he might have given in to self-pity and settled for a…

An Undelivered Message

LightGrams November 12, 2020 Volume 24, Number 41 A couple hiking near Ingersheim, a town in the Alsace region of France, recently found a small metal cylinder partially buried. They opened it and found a thin piece of paper with handwriting. It was dated 1910, but they couldn’t read the writing. A nearby museum consulted…

The Longest Bridge

LightGrams October 29, 2020 Volume 24, Number 39 To see the longest bridge in the world you’ll need to visit China. The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge serves a high-speed railway, and was completed in 2010. The length of the bridge is 102.4 miles, and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Perhaps just as…

Make It Stop NOW!

LightGrams October 22, 2020 Volume 24, Number 38 I remember going to carnivals in my growing-up years. I rode some of the classic rides: the Tilt-A-Whirl, Rock-O-Plane, Ferris Wheel, and others, and was thrilled on them – for a time. My limit was reached fairly soon, though, and I would think, “How much longer? Why…

Avoiding The Curse

LightGrams October 15, 2020 Volume 24, Number 37 Pompeii was the scene of a horrific tragedy in 79 AD Nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted, showering the nearby city with hot ashes, lava, and destruction. It happened so suddenly it essentially “froze” people and animals living there. Archaeologists have unearthed some chilling scenes of everyday life unexpectedly…

Rescued From A Hammock

LightGrams October 8, 2020 Volume 24, Number 36 A story appeared on United Press International on October 1 about a rescue operation that took place in Amherst, New York earlier that day. Police were called to a resident’s home where a buck (a male deer) was found entangled in a hammock. The hammock, made of…

The Search Is On

LightGrams October 1, 2020 Volume 24, Number 35 Darren Mayfield is on a mission. He and his wife run an online antiques business (“The Plastic Pendulum”) from their West Virginia home, and he has come across something quite intriguing to him: An approximately 100-year-old photo of a bridal party. Nine women of varying ages are…

Signal Interrupted

LightGrams September 24, 2020 Volume 24, Number 34 The village of Aberhosan, Wales was completely frustrated. The residents had watched helplessly every morning for 18 months as their Internet signals went down. It happened each day at the same time: 7:00 a.m. What in the world was happening?! Engineers from Openreach, the company that maintains…

Personal Care Robots

LightGrams September 17, 2020 Volume 24, Number 33 CARESSES, a study that is jointly funded by the European Union and the Japanese government, has been ongoing for the past three years. The acronym stands for “Culture-Aware Robots and Environmental Sensory Systems for Elderly Care”. Robots are being tested to provide emotional support to seniors in…