Nerd Knowledge

Nerd Knowledge: What Is Ocean Acidification?

By Charles Betzler / October 24, 2019

Ocean acidification has the potential to cause widespread changes in the marine ecosystem which may eventually disrupt the ocean goods and services that we depend on.

Nerd knowledge: What Is 5G?

By Micah Choquette / April 25, 2019

Carriers are running out of LTE capacity in many major cities. Users are already experiencing slow downs during peak usage. The fifth generation technology adds huge amounts of new frequencies in bands that have never been used for commercial broadband.

Nerd Knowledge: What is science, really?

By Charles Betzler / April 10, 2019

Science is based on fact, not opinions or preferences. The methodology of science is designed to challenge ideas through exploration and experimentation.

Nerd Knowledge: What is the “Cloud”?

By Charles Betzler / April 4, 2019

Cloud computing is ubiquitous these days. Even Sapulpa Times uses it!

Nerd Knowledge: How do meteorologists predict the weather?

By Charles Betzler / March 27, 2019

Some of the first weather analysis and forecasting methods came from Aristotle around 2,400 years ago in 340 B.C. He organized his thoughts in a formal document titled “Meteorologica,”  in which he observed and distinguished Fire, Air, Water, and Earth as four elements that caused “events in this world.” Today, weather forecasting has come a…

Nerd Knowledge: How does GPS even work?

By Charles Betzler / March 22, 2019

At one time it was nothing more than science fiction. Now, GPS has become a staple of our everyday travel. But how does it actually work?

Nerd Knowledge: Keeping Track of Seniors

By Charles Betzler / March 13, 2019

Recently, a 74-year-old man, who had wandered off, was found dead less than a block from his home. Had GPS tracking technology been in use, he might be alive today. Charles offers a number of devices to help with keeping track of your aging relatives.

Nerd Knowledge: Cyber Security for Seniors, Part Two

By Charles Betzler / March 7, 2019

Older Americans are increasingly embracing the digital age. Nearly half of adults ages 65 and older now own Smartphones. The number of senior smartphone owners has quadrupled proportionately. Half of older Americans have broadband internet at home. With this increased access to the world wide web comes the increased risk of becoming a victim of…

Prepare for Spring: Lightning 101

By Charles Betzler / February 19, 2019

What is lightning? How is lightning produced? What causes thunder? How can you be safe during lightning?

Nerd Knowledge: DIY Home Security Options

By Charles Betzler / February 13, 2019

With porch package thefts and car break-ins, home security is on everybody’s mind nowadays. In today’s Nerd Knowledge column, we’ll break out a few of the most cost-effective ways of strengthening your home’s security.

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