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Tesla’s Tower, Wardenclyffe

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I was pleased to hear the Tesla workshop at Wardenclyffe, near the shut Shoreham, NY nuclear plant and Brookhaven National Laboratory has been saved for a science museum. Designed by his friend the famous architect Stanford White, perhaps its might be listed in a national register of historic places too, as many of Stanford White’s are. Years ago, the Suffolk County Archaeology Association considered it as a problem while I was there in grad school. An engineering student showed me the remains of Stanford White’s windmill, (125′ tall?) diagrammed in Scientific American as I recall, on his north shore estate near Stony Brook, NY where he also designed a small church in the “shingle style”. The windmill tower burned in the early 1960s a landmark for those on the waters of the Long Island Sound for many years. Maybe he helped therefore to design Tesla’s Tower. All that remains of the windmill are the cast in Baltimore iron stanchions once anchoring it to the ground, bulldozed over the “cliff”.

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Matt Inman, The Oatmeal Creator, Works To Save Nikola Tesla’s Old Laboratory With Fundraiser

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08:31 AM on 08/17/2012

The museum would be in the former Peerless Photo, Inc. site which was contaminated and mitigated of photo-chemicals. I’m not sure the tower site was kept, the base was shown in the press to be bulldozed when so cleaned or was in the past. The building was designed by the famous architect, Stanford White, who lived not very far away, nearby Stony Brook having built there a “world’s tallest”(?) windmill. He was a victim of gun violence and a moment of insanity. You might think given the breadth of White’s influence, White House, Washington Square Arch, Municipal building, to name a few, that the Tesla lab would be preserved for that additional historical significance. And it’s nearby the Brookhaven National Laboratory!

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08/18/2012 at 11:18 pm

Comment: Obscura Day, March 20, 2010

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The mention of Niagara Falls, reminded me of the statue of Nikola Tesla there at the hydroelectric section. It’s a shame, if his laboratory, at then Wardenclyffe, on Long Island, NY has been torn down, once to become a science museum, if there removed over the former photo processors (Peerless) there in the HAZMAT cleanup. Just the other day it was announced that “rechargers” could be powered by Wifi hotspots and this was an early idea of his. I salute Obscura and liked to enjoy the tour of the nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, though a little too obscura back then and you’d be picked up and returned to the guided tour. It’s now run by a consortium of higher learning rather than the US DOE. Should it too be a UNESCO site little brother?
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02/16/2010 at 2:32 am

Lunar Pioneer: NASA criticised for sticking to Imperial units

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Growing up, to get into advanced classes in what is today middle school, I had to pedal to classes in summer school to learn math and physics and the metric system. Many years later I would use a "metric" camera, the Rolleimetric camera system in archaeology, for the EPA in the foundry that Jules Verne had build the cannon for his "Moon shot" in fiction from Florida, the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY. Ni-Cad remediation, it was used in the recovery, in part of the Civil War "Swamp Angel". Those "reseau" marks or "crosses" one sees in many extra-terrestrial photos, are important in registering the photos on a digitizing tablet, then part of the method of obtaining 3D coordinates from photos. It seems odd that after all these years in the arts and sciences where metric measurements are used, i.e., 35mm, etc. that NASA would "press on regardless" with the Imperial system when those we inherited it from, and the US invented "the metric system" have also switched over to the metric system. I guess they argue with calculators and computers it’s easy conversion, but wasn’t one Mars lander lost only because of the confusion having traveled all the way there without fault?  June 25, 2009 12:43 AM

Lunar Pioneer: NASA criticised for sticking to Imperial units

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06/24/2009 at 11:47 pm

Monday Puzzle: The Lady or the Toaster? – TierneyLab Blog – NYTimes.com

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Solutions, including standing behind the “skinjob” are fascinating. Are the bots “Tempest” compliant? Human conspirator conducts “TEAPOT – “A short name referring to the investigation, study, and control of intentional compromising emanations (i.e., those that are hostilely induced or provoked) from telecommunications and automated information systems equipment.” (NSA) Hardware resets. Humans “Shoot without shooting”?

Monday Puzzle: The Lady or the Toaster? – TierneyLab Blog – NYTimes.com

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06/24/2009 at 5:27 pm

English Russia » Russian Ionospheric Link

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In the US they had something similar during WWII. Large tracks of land on Long Island in New York state (currently over 4000 acres as a state park formerly “RCA property” sold for $1) and others one nearby another large “wireless” array near Princeton, NJ were used to send signals bounced I think off the ionosphere at night to Europe during the war. I think David Saranoff (or Saranov), then promoted to General, the RCA research center in Princeton, New Jersey today was in charge. Nearby Orson Welles landed the Martian invaders at Grover’s Mill in the 1938 Halloween radio transmission of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. The wire arrays, were more like gridded lines between telephone poles and did not stand out like these from what I know. The first “radio fax” of a picture was in 1924 perhaps used that way also. I was told the plans for the D-Day invasion were kept in a safe on Governors Island in NYC perhaps transmitted by ionospheric transmission too over the large networks just above the tops of “pine barrens” today preserved for rainwater recharge of aquifer.

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06/23/2009 at 6:35 pm

io9 – Tesla’s Mystery Tower On The Brink Of Being Demolished – Nikola Tesla (cont’d)

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Karl Ferdinand Braun: “During the development of radio, he also worked on wireless telegraphy. Around 1898, he invented a crystal diode rectifier or Cat’s whisker diode. Guglielmo Marconi used Braun’s patents (among others). Braun’s British patent on tuning was used by Marconi in many of his tuning patents. Marconi would later admit to Braun himself that he had “borrowed” portions of Braun’s work. In 1909 Braun shared the Nobel Prize for physics with Marconi for “contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy.” -Wikipedia

Marconi was also nearby on Long Island: “Guglielmo Marconi had a radio station built to communicate with inbound and outbound ships on Fire Island Ave in Babylon. There is a picture of the radio shack in Babylon Historical Museum, Montauk Hwy, Babylon. The original site is marked with a plaque at Fire Island Ave and Virginia Avenue in the town of Babylon.” Marconiville  [First Guided Missile 1917-1918]

io9 – Tesla’s Mystery Tower On The Brink Of Being Demolished – Nikola Tesla

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05/12/2009 at 9:28 pm

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