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Hybrid Meeting Plans

  • Room Scheduling – starts next week (Sept. 21st) – Are we ready for our first try at a hybrid meeting by then?
  • Ray Weiss is our speaker – he'll be on Zoom. Harry F. will set things up to see if the setup is working. We could have a few others come along. But Harry wants to just be there by himself, making sure everything is working as it should.
  • Harry Forsdick to F/U – Put out a note Sept. 22nd – re. hybrid meeting Sept. 28th or not.
  • Sept. 28th – Dick Wagner will try to do his presentation from the Community Center. This will be our first hybrid meeting, if all goes well. Confirmed.

In the Works – Potential Topics

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We'd like your thoughts on these and other topics you are interested in seeing or maybe presenting. Send your thoughts via email to or contact John Rudy, Peter Albin, Bob Primak, or Steve Isenberg directly – Thank you.
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Note – numbering is for reference only and it has no other meaning. Numbers were assigned in the order topics were added to the list.

  1. Women in Science, Scientists in Other Cultures (Charlie ask Dan for suggestions; GeorgeG to ask CAAL; Someone should ask Indian Association for speaker possibilities) (Need contact with Black Americans – Harry to search). (Peter will fup)
  2. Advances in Surgery (interesting but need speaker); past, present, future. George Gamota to talk with Dan Klepner or George to fup with Barbara Hughey (Dan Kleppner knows her)
  3. Shelly Lowenthal: Total Commander, Irfanview (Hold till see Allan's talk 3/2/22; BobP has contacted him; PeterA to followup)
  4. Past Predictions on future technology. How did these play out? 1970s or thereabout. David Kaiser to give such a talk? Historian of science. DanK or CharlieH to followup
  5. Update on Black Holes (suggested by George Gamota; no speaker yet) (Ted Kochanski is looking for a video) (George Gamota may know of person who can talk on the topic)
  6. Apple, where are they with their product technology, M1 technology whatsit (tentative topic) (Steve to check if Josh can speak)
  7. To Be Determined – Needs some rethinking – Middle East Archeology – speaker no longer available. LIDAR and archeology – Also, NSF and Northeastern Univ. about sub-surface imaging. Ted Kochaansky can F/U about this. Shepard Doulamin (spelling?).
  8. Quantum Computers, relating to recent discovers/accomplishments (eg 9000 years in 36 microseconds). Don't have any leads on the topic yet.
  9. The Technology of the Ukraine War: Drones, missiles and guidance systems, electronic warfare, etc (GeorgeG didn't finish his talk on his take on the war)
  10. Update on the black hole on the center of the universe (Kochanski has video?)
  11. Technology of pixels, art, music, and cryptography; steganography. HarryF to followup. Probably not a topic of its own.
  12. The Technology used with Moderna (HarryF to approach LHS Grad Brandeis, MD, now at Penn)
  13. The Science of Cooking (John Rudy)
  14. Gravitational Lens Effect. (Since the discovery of the first lensed quasars in 1979, this quirky phenomenon has become central to cosmology, as light rays from distant galaxies are deflected (a bit) by gravitational effects of both dark matter and dark energy. DM and DE are the two big mysteries of cosmology – and in physics for that matter.) Marc Gorenstein
  15. The Rubin Observatory (a remarkable ground-based optical observatory, scheduled to see first-light in two years (~2024) Marc Gorenstein
  16. John Rudy to F/U with Jerry Harris and Ted Kochansky. Can we do anything more about climate change? Do we want to get into data collection and looking at whether the data we use now are applicable to the long-range questions about climate change? Are data sets really applicable to the problem we are studying? Ted Kochansky and Jerry Harris have proposed doing more about this toppic. Still folowing up with the group about the nature of our interests on this topic.
  17. Dave Kahan – nuclear power. Half an hour in a potpourri about Update on Nuclear Power – state of the industry.
  18. Dan Klepner to F/U. LIDAR Mapping Dan Klepner. Archeology and other applications. Cort Johnson. Future date TBD. Looks like Jan. 2023 or later.
  19. Ted Kochansky to start the F/U on this – Chip development in the US – find a speaker who knows how this is playing out? Does anyone know someone who's in the industry? Lincoln Lab. has been given a role in developing new facilities for semiconductor R&D. Military side. After Jan. 2023.
  20. No F/U yet assigned. COVID update ca. Feb. 2023? Universal vaccine for all COVID variants? Common antigen for the virus. Not new science. But there are new developments.
  21. Jerry Slate to F/U. Scientific misconduct? Jerry Slate proposes this topic. Late 2022 or early 2023? Feb. 22, 2023.
  22. Ted Kochansky can F/U. Battery Technology – different technologies. So, different possible speakers. Ted Kochansky knows a company which is researching iron-based batteries for electric utilities.
  23. Cosmic Background (Rainer Weiss) (PeterA noted this)

Video Possibilities

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  1. Why Craters are Round (Neil deGrasse Tyso explains; need to turn out the “comedian”) [~14min]
  2. Other Mark Rober youtube videos (he did Squirrel vid)
  3. Feynman: Fun to Imagine [67m] - Start with Magnets, 14:55. Also at link, lower resolution
  4. How James Webb Telescope Orbits Nothing [15m] (LarryW recommended)
  5. World Record Domino Robot (16m) 100,000 dominoes in 24 hours (John Rudy)
  6. Electrons do NOT spin (18m) (Steve Isenberg/not viewed)
    “Electron spin explained: Imagine a ball that is rotating, except it's not a ball and it's not rotating.” and “I perfectly understood everything until the first sentence.”
  7. How Electron Spin Makes Matter Possible (20m) (Steve Isenberg/not viewed)
    Same guy who tells why electrons don't spin
  8. Diary for a Pandemic Year (8m) (Dick Wagner)
    A composition prepared for the MIT commencement of 2021 using layering of tracks. The visuals may bring back memories.
  9. Secret Windows Features, Wifi passwords, HDMI Cables & Ports, and more, part of Tech for Seniors (from 3/21/2022, episode 104) (1h11m)
  10. Black Holes: Seeing the Unseeable (60min; World Science Festival) (John Rudy) (smi downloaded) on Junami in Videos
    Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) is observing black holes; latest achievement is first image of supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Video explores the breakthroughs.(this video dated around June 2022)
  11. Physics of the Future (39m) Dr. Michio Kaku (John Rudy)
  12. 24 min interview with someone who has made a billion with crypto currency
  13. (5m) 2020 Fusion progress at Tokamak Energy (1/4/2021) (Larry Wittig)
  14. (4m) Celebration when MIT achieved 20 Tesla in large bore magnet (Larry Wittig)
  15. (1h39m) Breakthrough in nuclear fusion? (2/24/2016 by Prof. Dennis Whyte of MIT) (Larry Wittig)

Rich Ralston suggested topics

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Website for MIT Lincoln Lab: Surf this yourselves to see if areas of R&D or system development would be of interest to you and the LCTG. LL develops technology which, as it matures, is incorporated into a prototype subsystem or system to demonstrate new capabilities for transfer to industry for government use. Intellectual property can be licensed by MIT for commercial applications

Some topics I (Rich Ralston) propose within the next year, including the August 21 meeting.

  1. (Low noise moved to 6/29/2022)
  2. Flash LIDAR (LADAR) with single-photon sensitivity for rapid 3-D imaging with applications from look-through-foliage military surveillance to self-driving vehicles. (~90 minutes) – not to be recorded for later viewing
    Dr. Simon Verghese, head of Waymo’s (Google) sensor development for self-driving cars. In their 5th generation, the sensors are designed to meet the challenging requirements of moving people and goods safely and efficiently in dense cities and on highways. The goal is to make them affordable while meeting the performance needed for driverless operation in various applications and weather conditions. The talk will review some history of the project and describe a few use-cases for sensors and machine learning on Waymo vehicles.
  3. High-sensitivity passive IR focal planes for wide-area surveillance. (Copious Imaging, a spin off in Lexington from LL). (~45 minutes)
  4. Bio-agent warning sensor with single aerosol particle sensitivity. (~45 minutes)
  5. Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond for quantum sensing. (~45 minutes)

Topic ideas needing speakers

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  1. home theater, camera monitor, media player
  2. Headsets and cameras for Zoom; auxiliary microphones?
  3. Your experience with Raspberry or other tiny computer
  4. Troubleshoot your Internet connectivity
  5. Utilities, for a utilities meeting
  6. Construction of the new Suez Canal
  7. Railway Car identification (George Burnell; Greg Sheehan)
  8. “Book Review” of Walter Isaacson’s book Code Breaker about the competing CRISPR teams. Maybe we can bring back Allan Kleinman
  9. Backup Strategies, ranging from the kinds of backup we use (Data, System Image, Cloud, other) to how to make and maintain (and test) our backups, and what the various hardware and software options are for making and maintaining a reliable backup.

Orphaned (scheduled, but couldn't be presented then)

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  1. Computational Photography - changing what's used as a camera. link e.g., replacing DSLR with cellphones; more (Jonathan Goode?, Harry Forsdick?) (needs a lead)
  2. How one builds a web application (e.g., using spreadsheets) (Harry Forsdick)
  3. (Harry) Getting Streaming Programming Into Your TV (what to do when your TV just isn't smart enough)
  4. [orig sched 7/28/2021] CERN and the Hadron Collider. History, Why It Was Built, Hoped Outcomes, Discovery of Bison, What is Next (Harvey Newman, professor Cal Tech). Harvey will introduce the status and outlook for the LHC, its past and present and near term outlook, and provide a panorama of the future including some of the leading programs. (John Rudy)
  5. [orig sched 8/25/2021] Archeology presented by Jeffrey Rose (archeologist) in Israel (Stan Rose)
  6. [orig sched 12/22/2021] Sweet Summations in Short (Charlie Holbrow)

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