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Your Mileage May Vary

Your Mileage May Vary

Auckland's 2017 Bike Challenge winds up today; February may be the shortest month, but it is prime cycling season in Auckland, with decent weather and long evenings.

Electric Avenue

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Electric Avenue

I found myself mulling over the physics of cycling. Not the physics of why bikes stay up (although that is complex and certainly interesting), but how physics lets bikes be so good at what they do.

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A Turning Lane As Lovely As A Tree?

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A Turning Lane As Lovely As A Tree?

The trees are now festooned with signs, banners and a "yarn bomb", while thousands have joined the Save the Western Springs Pohutukawa group on Facebook and the trees themselves are tweeting.  [The Lorax asked who would speak for the trees, but now it seems they can tweet for themselves.]

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Fire In The Sky

Fire In The Sky

Bolides are like lotteries – the chances of you winning the big prize are small, but the chances that someone, somewhere will win are pretty good. So if you missed last night's fireball, you will wait a long time before seeing another one. 

The Sand Reckoner

The Sand Reckoner

Just as scientists can explain the flocking of birds, we can also model the "flocking" of cars, exploring how patterns in traffic arise and dissipate.