Ants, Engineering, and Epistemology

Scientific American reports: Tiny Robots Mimic Termites’ Ability to Build without a Leader Using sensors coupled with a simple set of rules, the robots worked independently to build structures Termites can create mounds that are hundreds of times their own size, working independently without communication or a leader. Inspired by the creatures, scientists have created […]

No Pain, No Gain?

Several months ago, we discussed the assumption of R. Meir Eisenstädter and Rav David Zvi Hoffmann (contra Hasam Sofer) that volunteering for military service (or complying with a draft thereto), even in wartime, is permitted, since there is nothing about such service that necessitates transgressing the halachah: whatever must be done as a matter of […]