Category Archives: Technology

Hoverbots Playing Catch

Your robot overlords will play catch with you. If they’re not too busy. And if you ask. Nicely. These robots were made by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and use highly precise positioning sensors to … Continue reading

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The Quake: The Reactors: A Status Report

CNN has an overview of what we know –and don’t know– about the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Status report: Reactor-by-reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant – CNN.com

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The Quake: Reactors Still Far From Stable

Time is now on the side of the engineers struggling to regain control of the reactors at the Fukishima complex. But that hardly means they can relax. Or WE can relax. Technicians working inside an evacuation zone around the stricken plant … Continue reading

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Why Should Poltergeists Haunt Houses When They Can Infect Computers?

from GraphJam Must Be His Area Code

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Twelve Vintage Phones

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you!” From Oobject: coolest vintage phones      

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The Quake: Finally, Some Good News from the Reactor

Workers are close to restoring power to cooling systems at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant, officials say. Engineers connected a cable through which they hope to supply electricity to part of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. BBC News – Japan: … Continue reading

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The Quake: Japan May Have to Bury Those Reactors

So far, the only good news coming from the reactor disaster has been the restoration of power to the plant, which would help cool the reactors and keep the pools of spent fuel rods cool. Science Daily says these efforts … Continue reading

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Tom Toles Nails It — As Usual

  Click for the full cartoon, from 18 March. Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon on GoComics.com See also Quake Could Have Been More Devastating

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The First Planet, Mercury, Gets Its First Satellite

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft successfully achieved orbit around Mercury at approximately 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. This marks the first time a spacecraft has accomplished this engineering and scientific milestone at our solar system’s innermost planet. For the next several weeks, APL … Continue reading

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Japan Acknowledges Greater Threat Level at Nuclear Plant

So far, I do not see any significant developments in the situation. This seems to be a political move, in response to international criticism. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the level for the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi … Continue reading

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