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Back from the Galapagos Islands – My best trip yet!

Abigail and I are back from the Galapagos Islands.  This was my fifth time there, and certainly the best yet!  Like the two last times, I used Ecoventura to organize the trip, and continue to be impressed by their outstanding dedication to service. Ecoventura operates three 16-passenger cruise yachts and one diving catamaran.  The three

 
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Pilgrimage to the Holy Dish

This summer we fulfilled a life-long dream (at least for some of us) and visited the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This is the largest single-dish radiotelescope in the world.  The reflector is 305 m (1,000 ft) in diameter – a tad bit larger than our home-brewed radiotelescope.  The Arecibo system is a semi-transit telescope

 
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Great Time at US Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC

We had a fantastic time this weekend at the US Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC.  Among the highlights of our visit, we sat insanely close to the stage for the Q&A with Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.  We also had the pleasure to meet fellow diy Science authors Theo Gray (Mad Science, The Elements,

 
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d.i.y. High-Power, Swappable-Head, UV/IR/Visible LED Flashlight with Intensity Control

I urgently needed a high-intensity UV/IR/visible light source for a work-related industrial inspection project, so this weekend I recruited Abigail to help me build a 10W LED flashlight that features swappable UV/IR/visible heads.  We decided to document the build since this flashlight would fit nicely in a photographer’s kit for light painting, IR illumination, UV

 
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Abigail’s Whimsical Sand Pendulum

On a recent trip to Israel, Abigail (10) saw a very pretty, large, and expensive sand pendulum.  In it, the pendulum was able to swing, while at the same time, the sand pan was able to rotate freely.  We applied our motto “Why buy it if we can MAKE it!”.

 
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Superbowl Sunday at the Prutchi Residence

From Saturday Morning B

 
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