Yes, the stars are huge in the mountains. Thin air, no light pollution. You can see how the constellations were observed. Instead of just seeing the major stars in the constellation, you can see shading from the billions of far-off stars you don't usually see.
I remember being in the NM mountains in the 70s. The stars looked positively huge because of the altitude combined with lack of light pollution from cities. We don't have bears here, but we do have mountain lions--I'm sure this would work on them, too.
I know what you mean about needing light in the country, Ann. I recently stayed in a friend's cabin in the mountains in New Mexico. He had a giant flashlight he called his bear light, because it helps him light up the bear when it breaks into the outside garbage bin. John's Super LED Flashlight would make a good bear light.
I'm voting for the Super LED Flashlight. Not because the inventor is a smart young guy, which he is, but because I think it's a nifty idea. Especially for someone who lives in the country like I do, where it's very dark at night, and we occasionally need a lot of light, like in emergencies (car crashes on my windy road, trees falling, etc.).
I really like the motor speed regulator, it seems pretty handy. I remember facing the torque problem with my drill machines when drilling the PCB boards in my undergrad. This regulator solves that problem.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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