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The right v. the ACLU

Conor Friedersdorf has a great post at True/Slant on one example of how the right (wrongly) vilifies the ACLU. That’s one thing I’ve always found very, very strange. The ACLU and the Cato Institute walk in virtual lockstep on practically…

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Seagate’s hybrid hard drive

Combines a standard spinning platter drive (HDD) in 250, 350 or 500 gigabyte versions with four gigs of single-level cell (read: robust) Flash memory. Right now these are just about doubling the cost of standard drives with similar capacity.

The…

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Open source robotics

A great idea and ought to really help out robotics hobbyists.
From the link:

Robotics company Willow Garage has started a two-year project to work with institutions from around the world on new applications for its robot: the PR2. Each…

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Nanotech and optics

Very cool findings about light-activated nanoshells.
The release:

Optical Legos: Building nanoshell structures
Self-assembly method yields materials with unique optical properties







IMAGE: Heptamers containing seven nanoshells have unique optical properties.
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HOUSTON — (May 27, 2010)…

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More nanotech medical treatment

Both via KurzweilAI.net, and both as a follow-up to my previous post on killing tumors with gold nanoparticles.
First up is using carbon nanotubes as a radiotherapy delivery system:

Nanocapsule delivers radiotherapy

PhysOrg.com, May 26, 2010
Oxford University chemists have…

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Killing tumors with gold nanoparticles

Via KurzweilAI.net — The latest in fighting cancer with nanotechnology.

Self-Assembling Gold Nanoparticles Use Light to Kill Tumor Cells

PhysOrg.com, May 26, 2010
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a method for creating supramolecular assemblies of…

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Fallout from the financial meltdown and bailout

Lehman Brothers Holdings is suing JP Morgan Chase.
From the link:

Lehman claims JP Morgan “siphoned off” billions of dollars of assets in the days leading up to its bankruptcy.
JP Morgan was Lehman’s main short-term lender before its September…

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Apple’s market cap passes Microsoft

Interesting. Probably not all that meaningful, but interesting.
From the link:

On Wednesday, Apple’s market capitalization edged past its longtime rival’s as investors made official what consumers have long suggested: Microsoft is no longer the industry’s alpha dog.
Just last…

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Sestak-Gate

This is some real inside baseball, but the issue is beginning to really percolate amongst some of the more fact-challenged areas on the right. The “issue” is did the White House offer Joe Sestak a White House position in exchange…

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Renewable power and the US electric grid

Seems like a bit more compatible than once thought. At least for the western power grid.
From the link:

More than a third of the electricity in the western United States could come from wind and solar power without installing…

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Deepwater Horizon clearinghouse

If you’re looking for information on what is an absolute Gulf of Mexico ecological disaster from BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well, hit this link for very thorough coverage from a news source with something of a dog in this…

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Romanesque monuments …

… in virtual 3D. Very cool use of 3D modeling and visualization.
The release:

Virtual Romanesque monuments being created







IMAGE: Taking laser scanner data with the Church of Valberzoso (Palencia, Spain).
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“With this methodology an…

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Graphene as quantum dots

Nanoelectronics is a major — and important — field right now, and graphene and its cousin graphane are very important materials research components. Both of the nanomaterials are getting a lot of  hype, particularly graphene, but there’s far too much…

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This does not help …

… everyone out there still dealing with a rough economic situation.
From the link:

Led by increases in prices for meat and dairy products, the overall cost of items in the FOX Business shopping cart rose sharply in April —…

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A seven atom transistor

Via KurzweilAI.net — We are heading toward the terminus of physical computing components. Can’t get a whole lot smaller than seven atoms.

Quantum leap: World’s smallest transistor built with just 7 atoms

PhysOrg.com, May 24, 2010
The world’s smallest precision-built …

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A seven atom transistor

Via KurzweilAI.net — We are heading toward the terminus of physical computing components. Can’t get a whole lot smaller than seven atoms.

Quantum leap: World’s smallest transistor built with just 7 atoms

PhysOrg.com, May 24, 2010
The world’s smallest precision-built …

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Even more on social media and privacy

And this one isn’t just limited to Facebook.
Social networking sites may be sharing a lot more of your identifying data with their advertisers than you realize.
From the link:

A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that a…

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Third party Facebook privacy fix

If you use Facebook, running this tool is a pretty good idea. It’ll at least let you find out exactly what parts of your profile are exposed where and to whom. With the steady diet of privacy setting changes that…

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Phoenix Mars Lander, RIP

Like this release hot from the inbox explains, the Phoenix Mars Lander exceeded its planned useful life by a gigantic margin.
The release:

Phoenix Mars Lander Does Not Phone Home, New Image Shows Damage
PASADENA, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —…

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Synthetic biology and ethics

Any regular readers of this blog know where I stand on this issue. (Hint: I’m a pretty big fan of synthetic biology.)
From the first link, the release:

Press Release: Moral Issues Raised by Synthetic Biology Subject of Hastings Center…

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