Over Engineering and Compounded Conservatism – Safety, Overkill, and CYA at Odds With Success

Project management teams that are working on a very large project, and are segregated by the various components needed to continually communicate with one another. Why you ask? Well, maybe we should consider NASA’s Apollo Missions, and how each of the various engineering teams built in safety factors. One team would engineer the space capsule…

European Environmental Climate Sheds Uncertainty on Brominated Products

The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives earlier this decade added emphasis to the worldwide recognition of the effects that chemical compounds have on the health and safety of both humans and the planet. In response, several large corporations, such as Apple Computer, Nokia, Dell,…

The UnGodly Particle Found

There were more fireworks than usual on the fourth of July when physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN announced that, in all likelihood, they had found the illusive Higgs boson, which is the holy grail of particle physics because it was predicted by what is called the Standard Model, which explains…