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Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything is probably the best non-fiction book I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s probably the best one ever written. The sheer amount of information in it is utterly staggering. It is so well researched that when I hit 69% on my Kindle, I’d reached the last page. Where

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Glimpsing the Future with Gizmag

Tuesday, 21, February , 2012 by

In the last few days, a couple of different story link sites sent me running to Gizmag. I’ve been reading it constantly ever since. It’s filled with cutting edge stories about people making the future right now.  It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen the site.  The article I did on whether we should wipe

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Researcher Creates Super-Virus

Tuesday, 29, November , 2011 by

Doctor Tipster is running a story about a Dutch researcher who created a super-flu virus, right out of a horror movie. They followed up with an article debating not only whether the research should take place, but whether the research should be published. The reasons not to publish are obvious. Nobody wants to see Dr.

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Since my favorite cat got cancer not long ago, I’ve naturally found myself thinking about it more and more. I’ve always followed modern medicine. As we’ve moved into the information age, we seem to have gotten more sophisticated in how we approach the study of disease. In the past, we’ve taken what system administrators and

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It All Comes Down to Tits and Guns

Monday, 19, September , 2011 by

Over a decade ago, when I set out to create my future history of the world timeline, I realized I needed to figure out what drives technological advances, in order to try and predict the  future.  It didn’t take long to realize that the twin drives of sex and war spawned or accelerated much of

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The Secret Life of Cells

Thursday, 15, September , 2011 by

If you don’t know about Ted Talks you’re missing out.  Whenever you want to give yourself a moment of satori or inspiration just jump on over to the Ted Talks website and randomly pick a video or two.  They only last 12 or 13 minutes.  Most of the time you’ll wish they were longer. I

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IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Treats Cancer

Tuesday, 13, September , 2011 by

I’m an avid Jeopardy fan.  I watched all of Ken Jennings’ glorious 70+ win run and match up with the IBM’s Watson Supercomputer.  It was a sad day for humanity when Watson terminated the puny humans Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, the two greatest champions Jeopardy ever produced.  While I have a few misgivings about

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Strange New Worlds

Sunday, 28, August , 2011 by

Whenever I read science fiction, I’ve often felt that writers weren’t stretching themselves enough.  Take planetary systems for example.  Sure people build planets with multiple suns and the like, but most of them are worlds that look just like ours.  At most they take a few features of our planet and cover an entire planet

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What if we could cure any virus?

Saturday, 20, August , 2011 by

MIT researchers have uncovered a viral signature that all viruses share which just might let us kill any virus.  Past approaches to attacking diseases have focused on fighting each disease individually.  This is an expensive and ultimately unscalable approach, as any systems engineer would recognize in a second.  You can’t deal with every system as

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