Tech Net News 02-24-2018

It’s MY year, now, humans! Credit: Zachary Webster/Audubon

Lecture and Lab today was great! I’ve shown off my Singing Tesla Coil…have you?

The Irving Hamfest is coming up next weekend! Don’t forget to volunteer for set-up or take-down if you want a free ticket. You can also buy admission tickets (or extra raffle tickets) on-line.

On this week’s contest calendar, we have two events that are going on right now: the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, and the NCJ North American RTTY QSO Party. Get on the air and have fun!

In the world of science:

2018 is the Year of the Bird! Be on the lookout for nesting birds in your yard, put out water when it’s dry, and learn more from National Geographic, the Audubon Society, or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

A study that tried to find out what diet was best for each person’s unique DNA ended up showing that low-fat and low-carb diets are all the same; what matters is cooking at home and using good ingredients.

It turns out that the tradition of putting heads up on pikes is much older than anyone thought, but they weren’t always the heads of enemies.

A new drug about to enter the market in Japan could help treat the flu more effectively and quickly than any of the current standards.

And while amateur radio operators are pretty neat, amateur astronomers are pretty neat, too. Victor Buso of Argentina was testing his new camera setup when he caught a supernova at the moment it happened! I bet this is going to be discussed tonight on SKYNET.

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