At Information Works Inc. in Saratoga Springs, NY, USA we believe studying the past's realities and the future's potentials creates a synergism for intelligent paths forward.
Copyright 2018 by Richard O. Aichele & Information Works Inc.
PO Box 4725, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 USA
PO Box 4725, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 USA
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From the early 1900s until the 1950s ocean liners represented the state-of-the-art technologies, styles and service. The Queen Mary, Titanic, Europa, United States, Ile de France, Andrea Doria and hundreds of other ships that carried business and pleasure travellers plus providing immigrants safe passage.
One veteran returned after 50 years and it brought back all the memories of daily life at the battlefield front lines in France and Belgium 50 years earlier. For the French, German, British, Australian, Canadian, American and others who were there - they were just serving their countries. Relive some the experiences with him.
Millions of men during the Great War of 1914 to 1918 were sent to the Western Front battlefields. Hundreds of thousands of those soldiers disappeared in the explosions and mud. This is a tribute to those soldiers from all nations who fought there and still remain there.
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The railroads connected the nation and their evolution from steam to diesel and electric locomotives, the streamliner first class passengers trains, and the local trains that reached thousands of towns and cities creating routes for commerce and travel for everyone.
Steam powered railroad locomotives for over a century evolved with excellent technical designs and often unique appearances. Their supporting infrastructure was based on large roundhouses for locomotive repairs and maintenance.
European railroad steam locomotive power ended in the early 1980s. Here is a look at Germany's steam power in 1972. The steam era still lives there. Watch the video of two great steam locomotives in main line steam fan trips.
Building the railroad tunnels under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York is the story of innovations, dedication, failures and finally total success that allowed passenger train operations from the late 1800s to the present day.
Worldwide the future is now. High Speed Rail using state-of-the-art technologies in an environmentally friendly manner are expanding international commerce and moving thousands of people at speeds up to 210 mph in Japan, China, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Spain -- but not in the United States.
THE SHIPS THAT SAILED
The vessels that have sailed and still sail on America's inland rivers, lakes and seaports including are the Mississippi River with the Delta Queen, overnight river boats on inland lakes and rivers such as the Hudson River.
Marine engineering's complex skills are vital during shipyard work ensuring every detail is completed correctly such as during the refurbishment of the cruise ship Grand Princess.
The technical innovations of propulsion pods replaces rudders, allowing better ship hull designs and the performance capabilities of vessels
HISTORY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
(1914-1918) The battles of Jutland, Coronel, Falkland Islands and Dardenelles forced the admirals to change naval tactics and here are reports and memories of the sailors of both sides who fought those battles.
Verdun, Gallipoli, Arras, Somme and Flanders are just a few places of battles 100 years ago but still alive based on the memories and stories of the ordinary soldiers of both sides who were there. These are some of their stories illustrated with photos and maps.
MINERAL AND SPA WATERS
The waters of Saratoga Springs, New York have long been famous. This article describes the mineral producing geology of the area, the Saratoga Spa State Park's mineral water fountains, rediscovery of the famous Champion 2 Spring, the Vale of Springs, the downtown High Rock Spring and nearby Ballston Spa, New York.
Water from the Ferndell Spring beginning in 1916 was famous as a non-mineral still water. It was bottled until the early 1940s. Research about this spring and bottling facilities is ongoing.
Hot springs and mineral springs have been known for over 1,000 years as a potential source of healthy benefits. Some locations of North American "mineral waters" and their therapeutic health benefits can still be enjoyed.
ENVIRONMENTS OF EARTH AND SPACE
The NASA In-Sight underground exploration spacecraft is enroute to Mars will study the planet's interior by measuring its heat output and listen for marsquakes.
Extraterrestrial (ET) Intelligent Civilizations have been speculated about since the beginning of man on the earth. Just within the Milky Way that includes our Earth there are more than 100 billion stars with planets possibly containing forms of life. Have they visited earth?
The RUST (Resources and Under Sea Threats) program, established by NOAA, is a comprehensive conservation program to identify the more than 7,000 sunken vessels that may still contain 1.3 billion gallons of fuel oil.
The roles of low profile hydro power, new water turbine designs designed to reduce impacts on the migratory fish and harnessing the tides to expand clean hydro power use.
Fuel Cell improvments of new catalyst uses cheaper metals such as nickel and iron that can split hydrogen as fast as two molecules per second competitive with commercial catalysts.