When You Buy Your Next Electric Vehicle It May Sport a Dual Carbon Battery

May 22, 2014 – What is holding back wider adoption of electric vehicles (EVs)? The power and mileage limits of the battery and recharge speed. These are the limitations of lithium-ion ... Continue Reading →
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It’s Robots You Don’t See That Will Dominate Our Future

May 22, 2014 – A speaker at the O’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco this week spoke of our robotic future with a twist. Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: PERES Tells You if the Meat You are About to Eat is OK

May 21, 2014 – In the Northern Hemisphere it is barbecue season and the main dinner fare is meat bought from local grocers. I don’t know about you but I often wonder about ... Continue Reading →
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Rice Isn’t The Only Staple At Risk from Rising Temperatures

May 21, 2014 – My blog posting on rising nighttime temperatures affecting rice yields brought a reader comment pointing out that a similar phenomenon can be observed in wheat. I ... Continue Reading →
Curiosity and its potential travelers

Martian Rover Didn’t Come Alone

May 20, 2014 – The Mars Laboratory known as Curiosity was assembled meticulously in a clean room with those who worked on it donning masks and gowns and slipcovers over shoes. ... Continue Reading →
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When it Comes to Agriculture it is Nighttime Temperatures That Have Farmers Worried

May 20, 2014 – According to a 35-year study by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a non-profit, independent research and training organization, there is a clear ... Continue Reading →
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Beyond Silicon – Nanowires and Next Generation Devices

May 20, 2014 – Researchers at UC Davis Center for Nano-MicroManufacturing are experimenting with nanowires and nanostructures to create new electronic circuitry that is not silicon ... Continue Reading →
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Do We Know The Cost of Dealing or Not Dealing with Climate Change?

May 19, 2014 – Robert Pindyck of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says we don’t know the real costs of mitigating climate change. “All we can do is speculate.” ... Continue Reading →
CST-100 approaches ISS

Boeing Has Crew Capsule to Replace Soyuz and with Bigelow a Private Space Station to Replace the ISS

May 18, 2014 – The timing is interesting with a Boeing providing a sneak preview of its crew capsule coming the same week that Russia’s space program announced plans to ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: GaitTrack App on Smartphone Assesses User’s Health

May 17, 2014 – Our smartphones are quickly turning into medical devices through applications that monitor our wellness. The latest is GaitTrack, developed by University of Illinois. ... Continue Reading →