Oct 24 2013

Laser-mediated broadband from lunar orbit

[NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer has]…a series of lasers on the outer hull designed to shoot back data to three base stations here on Earth much faster than traditional radio data links – and the agency reports the first tests have been a roaring success    So this is probably faster than my broadband …

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Oct 22 2013

Ancient light on a long and winding road

  The journey of light from the very early universe to modern telescopes is long and winding. The ancient light traveled billions of years to reach us, and along the way, its path was distorted by the pull of matter, leading to a twisted light pattern. This twisted pattern of light, called B-modes, has at last …

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Oct 14 2013

Iconic: a photographic tribute to Apple innovation

OK, say you’re an Apple devotée. No, say you’re an Apple fanatic. No, actually, say that Apple has changed everything you do, that Steve Jobs is one of the most influential people in your life, and that it is inconceivable that you could imagine functioning day to day without at least one Apple product in …

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Aug 30 2013

Charging the Model S

I’ve created a small spreadsheet to calculate the charging times at various stations for the Tesla Model S, and the optimal kW/m usage to maximize range.  

Jul 18 2013

Eek. Biggest virus ever. And it’s alien.

Thank God it only eats amoebae. Perhaps most striking, 93 percent of pandoraviruses’ 2,500 genes cannot be traced back to any known lineage in nature. In other words, they are completely alien to us. Biggest Virus Yet Found…

Jun 22 2013

ZFS: some day my prince will come…

Lost Many of us believe that filesystem integrity is the single most important component of computer systems. Disk drives fail, computer systems are upgraded, networks improve and and morph from wired to wireless – but the data files that represent the accumulated work and knowledge of users remain. It’s bad enough that, as applications become …

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Jun 21 2013

Tesla phones home

This weekend, my Signature Model S P85 sent out a cry for help. Not to me, mind you. I never heard it. Instead, Essie went all ET-like and phoned home: she powered up her cellular 3G antenna and transmitted an alert to her Mom and Dad at the Tesla engineering labs in Fremont, California. “Help …

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Jun 18 2013

1990 WWDC swag

Found this buried in a storage cabinet. Blast from the past. When WWDC was in San José, and Mac programmers were Real Men, not wimpy iOS code monkeys. Does anyone remember HyperCard? MacApp? MPW?      

Jun 13 2013

Remember the old Mac Pro?

Well, just in case you’ve forgotten how cool it was then, here‘s the intro commercial for the G5.

Apr 16 2013

We are starstuff

Apparently scientists at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have established a link between specific non-terrestrial isotopes of iron in fossilized bacteria, and a specific supernova: IOW, actual stellar debris collected from exploding stars into the tissues of an earth organism. Starstuff, indeed. This apparent signal of iron-60, Bishop said, could be the remains of …

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Mar 23 2013

What I learned today from my corporate cousins

Thanks, Michael Johnson https://twitter.com/drwave/status/315325314953777152/photo/1

Mar 21 2013

Flagler Bridge to remain open

  March 21, 2013. Palm Beach Duh News. The Florida Department of Transportation assured residents of Palm Beach County that the Flagler Bridge will remain open indefinitely, officials said today. “We have no plans to close the north bridge,” said Jojo deLojo, chief dreamer of the Department. “There is nothing wrong with the bridge that …

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Mar 21 2013

Greenland Melt Ponds

Each spring and summer, as the air warms up and the sunlight beats down on the Greenland ice sheet, sapphire-colored ponds spring up like swimming pools. As snow and ice melt atop the glaciers, the water flows in channels and streams and collects in depressions on the surface that are sometimes visible from space. These …

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Mar 13 2013

Neanderthal large eyes caused less intelligence?

The Neanderthals had larger eyes, so more of their brain was devoted to sight. Result: less of their brain was devoted to brainy things like survival. Not sure of the lesson here, other than that seeing more means thinking less? Neanderthal large eyes caused their demise.

Mar 07 2013

Urbane sprawl

Hipness knows no borders. You no longer have to take the L train to experience this slice of cosmopolitan bohemia. Instead, you’ll find it along the Metro-North Railroad, roughly 25 miles north of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the suburb of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. Creating Hipsturbia in the Suburbs of New York – NYTimes.com.

Mar 07 2013

Royal Bodies

A rather amazing overview of the monarchy as a biological organism. Beautifully written. Hilary Mantel · Royal Bodies

Feb 21 2013

The cosmos is a beautiful and terrifying place

A solar flare that never quite escapes the Sun’s gravity…

Feb 16 2013

Steve + Steve + blue box = …

This is beyond funny. The phone phreak subculture of the 1970s ended up changing the entire world, much like the model railroad club at MIT did. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s “eureka!” moment @ Salon.com

Feb 14 2013

Tesla, the Times, and everything in between

Well, there’s certainly has been an uproar this week concerning an article about Tesla in the New York Times by John Broder. In response, Elon Musk, Tesla’s charismatic founder and CEO, wrote a critical blog about the article on the company’s website. Musk was a little hasty to call the article a “fake” in TV interviews …

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Feb 07 2013

Questions people should ask about the Model S, but don’t

Everyone asks questions about the Model S. No one asks these. They should. How much does it cost to wire a high power wall charger? Depends on how far your car is from the main electrical feed. If both are near each other, a few hundred dollars. If your car is >200ft from the electrical …

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