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Transportation Update: Crewless Drone Ships in our Near Future?

December 31, 2013 – Are robo-ships going to be plying the sea lanes in the 2020s?  If Rolls-Royce has their way we will see crewless ships on the high seas within the next two ... Continue Reading →
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Headlines: New Medtronic Pacemaker Joins Growing Number of Miniaturized Devices

December 31, 2013 – According to Medtronic, Inc., they have introduced the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System or Micra TPS for short. Medtronic ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: New Hydrogen Reactor Powers Your USB Devices

December 30, 2013 – A hydrogen fuel cell called the Hydrogen Reactor ™, produced by Brunton, a Wyoming-based company, can power almost any USB-connected device from smartphones ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: New Power Adapter No Bigger Than a Power Plug

December 30, 2013 – FINsix is a replacement power adapter for charging laptop computers. It is described as four times smaller and six times lighter than anything on the market ... Continue Reading →
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Headlines: Fuel From Waste Goes on Sale in California

December 29, 2013 – Landfill is becoming a source for biofuel production. In California, Clean Energy, has started selling a fuel it calls Redeem. A biogas, Redeem comes from ... Continue Reading →
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Military Update: From Drones to Killer Robots

December 28, 2013 – I’ve been reluctant to write about technology and war on this blog site with 16 out of over 700 looking at the subject.  But this is an elephant in ... Continue Reading →
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Is New York City the Only One Preparing for the Consequences of Climate Change?

December 27, 2013 – Having experienced what a single ice storm can do to a city of 2.5 million and a metropolitan population of over 5 million, I thought it would be useful to ... Continue Reading →
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Would a Smart Grid Have Helped in Toronto’s Ice Storm?

December 26, 2013 – Part of almost any discussion on the future of power generation and distribution has included the mentioning of the smart grid. For those of you who don’t ... Continue Reading →
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Home for Christmas At Last – Ruminations on How Cities Deal with Catastrophic Weather Events

December 25, 2013 – We made it back to our home this morning on Christmas Day! All the refrigerator and freezer contents have been tossed. A three day stay in a hotel has amounted ... Continue Reading →
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Hoping to be at home for Christmas here in Icy Toronto

December 23, 2013 – We got hammered by our second big ice storm in the last 10 years. It may or may not be a symptom of climate change, but living through this one has once more ... Continue Reading →