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The Truth of the Matter

Sometimes it's obvious that chemistry is just alchemy without the wizard hats.As far as we've come in our understanding of the world we find ourselves in, materials science is still full of mystery.  Regardless of how we separate it into tables and memorize simple...

Amazon Acquires Kiva Systems

The recent flap over Amazon's "Warehouse Wage Slaves" claims its first victory... but will it be Pyrrhic?As reported by numerous outlets, including Inhabitat and ReadWriteWeb, Amazon has announced the purchase of Kiva Systems, Inc. for $775 million in cash.  Kiva is a...

Raising more questions than necessary

Google Wallet recently received a blow when news media reported a flaw in their security procedures.  It seems that someone who gained access to your phone could reset the Wallet app, set up new credentials, and start siphoning money from your linked cards....

Another Opinion On Microsoft

On February 17th, Marketwatch commenter John Dvorak penned the article "Taking stock of the Microsoft rally".  He commented on four factors that could affect the future of Microsoft, especially its stock price.  I'm not overly interested in Microsoft's market value,...

A Free Terahertz Wave Bath For Everyone

As techniques to generate terahertz waves improve, hopes for new applications are on the rise.  While there may be a number of truly useful applications for this technology, including personal medical scanners with resolution vastly superior to current tools, the most...

Modular Making

The Do It Yourself revolution is in full force.  I am astonished and delighted to live in a time where people are regaining their birthright as creators, both as a career and for simple joy.  Components and circuit bending tools are once again filling the back of...

Dreaming of Dragonflies

When I was a kid growing up in rural Missouri I remember how the dragonflies would come out every summer evening just before sunset.  We lived a good distance from any body of water, so my sister and I rarely saw small ones and usually didn't encounter them up close....

Google+ = Amazing

A few days ago, while discussing a large scale project with a close friend, I suggested that Google+ would be the perfect place to share our research and record our thoughts.  He immediately agreed and we began to discuss the idea with his wife, who has vital input on...

The Sensory Enhancement Series – Introduction

In the near future, several of my posts will revolve around conceptual improvements, extensions, or additions to human senses.  I don't currently have projects relating to these concepts, but it's an area I've spent a lot of time researching and I will eventually get...

Seeking Revolution Against Death

In the days since the death of Steve Jobs I've read numerous articles about his life and legacy. I've long been familiar with his story, but I wanted to learn from the commentary provided by others.  When someone so important to our world passes away there is always...

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