Author: Merrell Noden

Cotton Candy Machines

May 8, 2009

The English call it fairy floss, picking up the name it was given by the two Nashvillians who invented the first electric machine for making it.

Seen in: Jersey Living

Central Air Conditioning

April 20, 2009

Thanks to the second law of thermodynamics, air conditioners make hot, stuffy rooms comfortable, but technically they don’t cool the air.

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Video Slot Machines

March 23, 2009

Mathematicians love slot machines—not to sink tokens into but rather their analytical teeth.

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At this month’s annual orgy of college hoops, the NCAA Championships, you’ll see a lot of Pete Carril—or, rather, of the offensive system he devised as basketball coach at Princeton from 1967 to 1996.

Seen in: Jersey Living

Let It Snow

January 20, 2009

It’s always been necessary, if never easy, to make snow for skiing in New Jersey, where winters are famously fickle.

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November 20, 2008

The inner-workings of a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine are explained.

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Open Road E-ZPass

October 6, 2008


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With its cutting-edge buildings, the Willow School in Gladstone takes green to a new level—platinum—and a new concept: regeneration.

Seen in: Towns & Schools

Best Downtowns

December 20, 2007

Petula Clark had it right when she sang, “The lights are much brighter there, you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares....” It was 1964, and everyone understood the allure of that one-word title, “Downtown.” It was a glamorous, skyscraping, urban beehive where “all the noise and the hurry seems to help.”

Seen in: Best Of Jersey

Ed Witten, Princeton’s world-renowned physicist, is “stringing” us all along in the theoretical world as he picks up where Einstein left off.

Seen in: Jersey Celebrities, Jersey Living

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