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December, 2017

  • 9 December

    Driverless Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

    Driverless Cars - Autonomous Vehicles That Drive Themselves

    The ringtone on my iPhone is the very distinctive theme music from the TV show Knight Rider. As a kid growing up in the 80s, I was one of millions who loved KITT, the car that could drive itself.  Now, after many years of development, it appears the technology is …

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  • 7 December

    Do Not Equate Roy Moore with Al Franken

    US Senate Floor

    Republicans have been telling Democrats that they are in no position to act as moral judge and jury given the number of Democrat members who’ve been accused of and even confessed to sexual harassment. Now over a dozen fellow Democrat Senators are calling on Senator Al Franken to resign. It …

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  • 6 December

    Microwave Weapon To Fry Enemy Electronics

    CHAMP Microwave Weapon Fries Enemy Electronics

    When I think of the use of Microwaves as a weapon, I usually think of some sort of directed beam device such as a MASER.  The Air Force has recently announced development of a different military utilization of Microwaves.  Instead of a beam, the device is launched inside a cruise …

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  • 2 December

    Life Deep Below Earth Surface Has Important Mars Biosphere Implications

    Earth Subsurface Biosphere

    When we think of what it must be like far below the Earth’s surface, most of us picture the simplistic drawings we saw in grade school and believe there to be nothing there but deep layers of lifeless rock.  Several recent studies on the subsurface biosphere illustrate just how wrong …

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  • 1 December

    Creating an Artificial Martian Magnetosphere to Start Terraforming

    Mars Terraform

    http://nautil.us/blog/how-to-give-mars-an-atmosphere-maybe This article is interesting but leaves out some details: Power: It mentions that “An inflatable structure can generate a magnetic dipole field at a level of perhaps 1 or 2 Tesla (a unit that measures the strength of a magnetic field) as an active shield against the solar wind. …

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November, 2017

  • 30 November

    Excellent Vanity Fair Article on Marvel Studios and Future Movies

    Vanity Fair Article on marvel universe

    Vanity Fair Magazine published an excellent article on the Marvel Universe franchise, which has hit it’s 10 year anniversary since it’s first movie, Iron Man.  Anyone who is a fan of the Avengers, Spiderman, The Hulk or other related marvel movies will enjoy this article: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/marvel-cover-story  

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  • 16 November

    Scientists Try Specific Gene Editing Inside Person For First Time

    Human DNA

    In an exciting experiment, US scientists are trying for the first time to edit the DNA of a person to eliminate a disease.  Billions of genetically modified cells into  44-year-old Brian Madeux in an attempt correct a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome,  a disease involving the lack of a gene that makes …

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  • 14 November

    Space Advocates Debate Moon vs Mars vs Asteroids as Mankind’s Future Destinations

    Should humans devote most of our resources to the development of a colony on the Moon, Mars or towards the utilization of Asteroid resources?  Space advocates debated which location in space should be our primary focus at this week’s “New Space Age” conference at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Geekwire.com reported on the …

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  • 9 November

    Powering Space: Lasers Beaming Power to Satellites and Nuclear Space Reactors

    Russian Space Reactor Topaz-1

      According to this article, the Russians are working on a way to beam power to satellites.  My immediate thought is that it will also help with the possibility of beaming power to deep space probes and possibly even manned missions at some point.  Of equal interest was the brief …

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  • 4 November

    The Next 100 Years of Engineering

    Science and Engineering Stories

    This article offers an interesting perspective from an Electrical engineering grad student at Stanford University: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-the-next-100-years-of-engineering-may-look-like_us_59f117fae4b09812b938c689 I think the author definitely should have put more time and emphasis on the importance of nanotechnology (very briefly mentioned).  I also note that he fully excluded the many engineering challenges that will undoubtedly …

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