Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge a high tech but frustrating phone for cyber curmudgeons
By Jim Bray Friday, July 3, 2015
It’s cool and it’s high tech, but to this middle aged user Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is as annoying as it is innovative and interesting. Of course, maybe that’s just me, because nearly everyone I showed the phone to thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
‘Waze’ for the sleep-deprived
By Guest Column Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Are you a sleep struggler? If so, you’re in good company. It’s estimated that about 45 percent of the world’s population suffers from sleep deprivation, and that has a devastating trickle-down effect.
Novel battery uses light to produce power (video)
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, June 17, 2015
To move the world toward sustainability, scientists are continuing to explore and improve ways to tap the vast power of sunlight to make fuels and generate electricity. Now they have come up with a brand-new way to use light — solar or artificial — to drive battery power safely. Their “photo battery,” reported in ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, uses light and titanium nitride for the anode.
Amazing Space offers amazing Hubble views; and an Epson service update
By Jim Bray Thursday, June 11, 2015
Space may or may not be the final frontier, despite what Kirk, Spock and Picard – and countless others – have said, but it’s still a heckuvan awesome frontier and one about which we may never learn all there is to know.
Probing what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, June 10, 2015
For years, research on nuclear weapons has relied on old data, limited experiments and computer modeling. But this year, that pattern has changed. Scientists have run new experiments that simulate what happens to plutonium in a nuclear explosion, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. The research will deepen scientists’ understanding of the element — and help them analyze a nuclear event should one occur.
Keeping astronauts in space longer with better air and water
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, June 3, 2015
As astronauts embark on increasingly ambitious space missions, scientists have to figure out how to keep them healthy for longer periods far from Earth. That entails assuring the air they breathe and the water they drink are safe — not an easy task given their isolated locations. But scientists are now reporting in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry a new method to monitor the quality of both in real time with one system.
Recovering a rare metal from LCDs to avoid depleting key resource
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Life without bright screens on our smart phones and TVs is hard to imagine. But in 20 years, one of the essential components of the liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs, that make many of our gadgets possible could disappear. To address the potential shortage of this component — the element indium — scientists report in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering a new way to recover the valuable metal so it could be recycled.
Mud and straw homes could be answer for earthquake regions
By Guest Column Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Nepalese villagers now faced with massive rebuilding projects following the April 25 earthquake could benefit from the lessons learned by eco-minded builders in Israel’s Arava desert.
Expanding the code of life with new ‘letters’
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The DNA encoding all life on Earth is made of four building blocks called nucleotides, commonly known as “letters,” that line up in pairs and twist into a double helix. Now, two groups of scientists are reporting for the first time that two new nucleotides can do the same thing — raising the possibility that entirely new proteins could be created for medical uses. Their two studies appear in ACS’ Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Toward ‘green’ paper-thin, flexible electronics
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The rapid evolution of gadgets has brought us an impressive array of “smart” products from phones to tablets, and now watches and glasses. But they still haven’t broken free from their rigid form. Now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a new step toward bendable electronics. They have developed the first light-emitting, transparent and flexible paper out of environmentally friendly materials via a simple, suction-filtration method.
The next step in DNA computing: GPS mapping?
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Conventional silicon-based computing, which has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, is pushing against its practical limits. DNA computing could help take the digital era to the next level.
Pocket device helps Nepalese earthquake victims breathe
By Guest Column Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Making robots more human
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions — from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling — to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same thing. Their technology, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help robot developers make their machines more human.
Flawed projector shows warranties can work when companies care
By Jim Bray Friday, April 24, 2015
Selling stuff is the rationale for many businesses and it’s completely understandable. Heck, that’s why they’re there! And since I live for buying stuff, it’s usually a great relationship.
Our wayward planet
By George Giftos Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Any question about what it’s all about can only be evaluated by our view from earth. It troubles me because, it sometimes appears our creator has a warped sense of humor.