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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2010, 6:27:54 AM PDT
M. Helsdon says:

"...didn't expect to see lively debate on the specifics of the Chaldean arrival in Mesopotamia and its impact on Sumerian culture in the "On-The-Horizon Technology" thread."

It's a bit like assuming that the Norman Conquest had an impact on Romano-British culture... The distance in time is similar, though there was a little more cultural continuity in Mesopotamia.

"Isn't the internet wonderful?"

Sturgeon's Second Law often applies. 8-)

Posted on Sep 13, 2010, 5:09:53 AM PDT

MIT has found a way to make to make "solar funnels" from carbon nanotube antennas. They concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell.

"What needs to be shown next, is whether the excitons in the inner shell can be harvested and converted to electrical energy."

Posted on Oct 8, 2010, 5:57:42 AM PDT
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DYNAMIC FORMATION OF A HOT FIELD REVERSAL CONFIGURATION WITH IMPROVED CONFINEMENT BY SUPERSONIC MERGING OF TWO COLLIDING HIGH-BETA COMPACT TOROIDS ("These findings should have significant implications for fusion research and the physics of magnetic reconnection.")

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2010, 10:45:30 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Gee, Marilyn, some of us don't have the time to read ALL of the many articles you link to. This one sounds really interesting, so do you think you could summarize a bit more of the content for us?

Posted on Oct 12, 2010, 5:03:36 PM PDT
Just when you thought phone-apps were all lost in Silly Land ...
A university of Illinois Chemistry Professor has written software to turn a cell phone with a camera into a "spectometer".

Posted on Oct 20, 2010, 5:06:38 AM PDT


Posted on Oct 27, 2010, 5:32:05 AM PDT
As yet unbuilt, Boeing and DARPA have produced this "concept video" of a "DiscRotor", or a helicopter with retractable rotors. The idea is a new aircraft that can switch back and forth between a 'copter and an airplane.
"Water and carbon could be the bones of the next generation of computers."
Nano-electromechanical switches could improve computing technology for extreme-environment applications.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010, 6:52:16 AM PST


Posted on Nov 9, 2010, 7:19:52 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
(I suppose you're going to post URLs to all the September 2009 articles on that site? And then work your way forward? Brilliant!)

Posted on Nov 9, 2010, 7:53:00 AM PST
Oh no! I've started a monster.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010, 5:58:55 AM PST

ON-GROUND TUBES TO SHOOT PRODUCTS TO MARKETS (INCLUDING MAG-LEV). (Will the trucking industry eventually be a thing of the Past?)

Posted on Dec 7, 2010, 9:41:36 AM PST
I liked the foodtubes link, Marilyn. Interesting idea I hadn't seen anyone actually thinking of doing before. I guess they have pipes to buildings for natural gas, so why not food deliveries too?

Of course, it also reminds me of one of the past James Bond movies where they get in a capsule inside an oil pipeline to escape Russia.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010, 2:54:12 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 8, 2010, 5:55:01 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
And of course if everyone is dependent upon the same delivery network, when it breaks down you'll have a panicked rush on the stores.

Was there discussion of how the system was to be powered?

Posted on Dec 8, 2010, 7:45:57 AM PST
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Jingle ... Holly ... Snow ... Ho-Ho-Ho! The Holiday Season is here. And for those hard to shop for Science Fiction-or-Fact friends and relatives, here are some truly strange gift ideas. (A Light Saber Bottle Opener? A Speaker for Pet Music?)


Posted on Dec 8, 2010, 12:37:30 PM PST
Personally, I would go for a Periodic Table shower curtain. It's educational too! Or maybe a mug or T-shirt of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock?


Posted on Dec 9, 2010, 1:26:03 PM PST
Bob -

Cool! I always wondered where to get the 'Big Bang' Periodic Table Shower Curtain.

A MAP OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN UK CITIZENS MEASURED IN TELEPHONE CALLS (In our cyber-world of terrorists and leakers, this app might come in handy!)

Posted on Dec 18, 2010, 8:57:20 AM PST


"Stronger superconducting magnets would greatly advance several approaches to nuclear fusion... Suburban Air Vehicles (SAVs) that get well over 200 mpg, cruise at over 120 mph ... have the ability to take off in a distance of under 100 feet."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010, 9:54:02 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
It's destructive enough with the bad drivers confined to (basically) two dimensions. Letting them loose in three would be sheer stupidity.

We don't need flying cars.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010, 6:36:44 AM PST
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K.C. May says:
I found this article really interesting:

The age of human genetic engineering is almost here!

The Kinshield Legacy
The Venom of Vipers

Posted on Dec 20, 2010, 7:17:07 AM PST
I read recently that one university just came up with real time holographic video communications, accessible over the Internet. Does anyone remember seeing that? It certainly brings the communications in Star Wars a little closer to reality.
See link for more details:

Posted on Dec 20, 2010, 8:40:55 AM PST
Hi Joe,

I think I posted a similar link to that holographic motion display on one of these threads somewhere a while back. My teenaged son and I went to see "Tron" in 3D yesterday (well worth seeing), and he doesn't really care for 3D as he hates those glasses he has to put on over his own (though he liked the movie too). So I mentioned this new development to him as someday, hopefully not too far off, we'll be able to watch movies as holograms. They just have to improve it now to go from 1 frame every 2 seconds to 24 frames/second or so.

PS..I love the current 3D compared to the old red/blue lenses, but even so I want to see something like a holographic movie or communicator.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2010, 4:35:18 AM PST
Hi Bob, Yes, they do need to improve on the current 3D delivery system. For some reason, the technology gives me a headache. Perhaps there is a scifi plot element in there somewhere--new technology that everyone loves is secretly killing them all.

As for your son disliking putting glasses over glasses, I feel the same way.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010, 10:18:16 AM PST
Yes, we do need flying cars. What we don't need is to recreate the ground situation in the sky. For instance, there's no reason you would have to have intersections in the ground sense. Traffic moving north and south can simply be at a different altitude than traffic moving east and west.

Of course what we really don't need are bad drivers. The flying cars can be self-driving. It's almost here already for ground cars, so just make it a requirement for flying cars.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2010, 6:38:53 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
But even self-driving flying cars would need an override to allow the human pilot-driver to take over in an emergency situation or (at its most lax) whenever they desired. And... machines fail.

We see the occasional report of cars and trucks leaving the road and crashing into houses or businesses. I certainly don't want some fool's out-of-control or broken down Nissan Skyliner coming through my roof when I'm perusing the morning paper on the pot. ;)
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