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Real Science: Giving "Wood Chips" A New Meaning

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Scientists are working on developing a wood-based product to serve as a substrate for computer chips.  It's renewable, stable, and biodegradable.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/computer-chips-can-now-be-made-from-wood/ar-BBkjypg?ocid=mailsignout


I'm really waiting for them to make 'em out of corn...

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Between The Darkness And The Light

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I live in the infamous Northeast Corridor, where men are so civilized that they no longer have the ability to make fire.  Last night at around 3 AM, our electricity went out, with the outdoor temperatures hovering around zero.  Believe me, a post-apocalyptic world is ten seconds on the other side of a downed powerline.


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Windows 8: Is it as bad as everyone says?

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I teach computer classes at a public library, mostly classes on Windows and Office, so I’m on the front line, so to speak, whenever Microsoft changes its operating system. Not to overgeneralize, but I’ve found over the years that many Windows users tend to be technically hesitant or conservative. When Windows changes, the complaining from these users is extensive. This attitude directly contrasts with the Apple community, which tends to be excited, and extol the new look and features of the new operating system or device.

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BeeLine to the Future:The End of Moore’s Law

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In the mid-60s Gordon E. Moore predicted that computer processors would double in speed and memory every 18 months. This prediction has been so accurate since then that it has become known as Moore’s law; however, Moore’s law will eventually come grinding to a halt because of leakage, heat, and other inevitable physical limits.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Sociable Robots

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One major goal of contemporary robotics is to create sociable robots that have emotions and facial expression, to make it easier for humans to relate to them. If robots and humans can interact with one another more effectively then robots will be used more in homes and offices. The science fiction cliché of the rational robot without emotions is what AI programmers are trying to avoid. The ideal might be something more like Data, a robot that can learn to approximate human emotions.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: 3D Printing

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3D printing has always struck me as either the beginning of an entirely new economic model or a geeky hobby that will ultimately peter out. I tend to think more the former but only time will tell. In the current state of technology, a 3D printer prints objects in plastic rather than words on paper. This technology remains in its infancy and is heavily used by geeks and hobbyists to print toys and iPod cases, but it can manufacture many objects in a garage that in the past required a factory.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Is Your Job Robot Proof?

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People don’t take me seriously when I tell them that robots will be taking over many jobs in the next five to ten years, but I keep running into more and more information suggesting I’m right. Businessweek has an article, “The Robot in the Next Cubicle,” which describes a robot that costs $350,000 and can “deliver mail, pour coffee, and recognize its co-worker’s faces” (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_04/b4212069774202.htm).

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BREAKING NEWS: The Nintendo 3DS Is The Greatest Thing In The History Of Things!

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The Nintendo 3DS just came out today. Immediately after first service at church we ran over to Gamestop and my eldest picked up his reserved copy, amidst a small crowd of fat smelly guys and average-looking gamer girls dressed up like aliens. In Nebraska.

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