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The Sound of Smartphones: How Music Helped to Shape Phone Technology

July 11, 2014 – Remember boom boxes? Those huge silver machines weighing upwards of 30 pounds with huge speakers on the side and the highly sought after dual auto-reverse cassette ... Continue Reading →
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U.S. Congress to Vet Bill Covering Asteroid Mining and Property Rights

July 11, 2014 – When Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, two private initiatives hoping to mine asteroids, finally arrive at their first celestial destination they ... Continue Reading →
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Oil – We Spill it Everywhere and Yet We Keep on Drilling and Transporting it

July 11, 2014 – This morning as I perused my many alerts and feeds I came across a headline from The National, a paper published out of the United Arab Emirates. Its title, How ... Continue Reading →
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Mars One Continues on its Path with Latest RFP Announcement for 2018 Lander

July 10, 2014 – At the end of June the Mars One team announced it was seeking proposals from academics and researchers as well as commercial businesses to populate the payload ... Continue Reading →
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Argo Programme Paying Dividends in Our Study of the Oceans

July 9, 2014 – Back in April of 2012 on this blog site I wrote a posting about the ocean and Argo Programme, the deployment of 3,500 floating sensors to measure physical and chemical ... Continue Reading →
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The Polar Vortex and Global Warming – Does One Disprove the Other?

July 8, 2014 – In the June 15 issue of Nature Climate Change, climatologist, Dr. James Screen, Mathematics Research Fellow, University of Exeter, has submitted an article entitled ... Continue Reading →
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What is the Greatest Threat to Humanity in the Next Few Decades?

July 7, 2014 – Over breakfast this morning I got into a debate with a friend about threats to humanity in the near future. I argued that anthropomorphic influence on the environment ... Continue Reading →
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Organic and Cheap – A New Battery for Renewable Energy Sites

July 6, 2014 – If there is one area of engineering pursuit that appears to be inventing all types of new technologies it is the area of energy storage. The most recent innovation ... Continue Reading →
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In Brazil There is a War Going on in the Rainforest

July 5, 2014 – The picture below, courtesy of Jeff Tollefson of Inside Climate News, is not of a soldier, but a member of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable ... Continue Reading →
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China to Build Kilometer High Sustainable Tower

July 4, 2014 – Happy 4th of July to all my American readers. The great American experiment is 238 years young today. America has been a leading innovator, a beacon of technological ... Continue Reading →