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K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, sweetheart)

“Innovation is about solving people’s problems in a way that’s meaningful to them in the context of their lives. “

I like the way this guy thinks. Innovation is not always the new discovery; sometimes it is simply rearranging what you already have to better suit your needs.

Some folks seem bent on devising new products and techniques just because they can with hardly any real grasp of how it might actually benefit someone in their everyday life.

After reading this, I believe most folks would feel encouraged to become innovators, making simple things that simply make our lives easier.

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Robots will soon take over. Here’s the undeniable proof.

“A robot hand developed by the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku Lab is reportedly so adept at the game rock, paper, scissors that it is unbeatable against a human opponent.”

I remember when a computer beat chess champ Gary Kasparov. I told myself, maybe Kasparov had an off day, too much of a good night beforehand. Something. Anything. But to admit a machine had defeated the best humans could offer in a contest of mental acuity was unfathomable. So I dismissed what it might mean.

I believe our time of reckoning has arrived.

Now that the supreme decision making method of all time has been conquered by a machine, it won’t be long until they have a representative in congress and then…the end.

It’s been nice knowing you, fellow human.

Here’s the link to the story at Gizmag.

Army shoots lightning down laser beams.

In what sounds like a bizarre episode of Strawberry Shortcake meets The Avengers, I read of the Army’s efforts to create just such a weapon.

It’s called a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel, or LIPC. Catchy, huh.

It could be used against (surprise) people and vehicles, but it could also be used to destroy unexploded ordinance. That could be a life and limb saver in war zones, something there is no shortage of.

Like most things, the weapon carries in itself it’s own greatest threat: it could destroy itself. But they’re working on that.

Here’s a link to the story at Gizmag.

First, mosquitoes that can’t fly. Now, mosquitoes that heal.

“Last year, Prof. Anthony James announced that he and his colleagues had genetically altered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a fashion that could drastically reduce their populations.

Basically, he genetically modified (GM) females to not have wings.

Now he’s come up with a way to cause the winged pests to develop immunities and pass them along, rather than just pass along pestilence.

Snazzy, huh?

Got to wonder, though, about the eventual outcome of messing around with things from the GM direction. I suppose we’re going to find out.

Here’s the story.

Put on your tin foil hats and check out this story of genetic modification (Lyme disease) gone awry.

The Newest Import from Japan- Radioactive Fish & More

“scientists did not expect the nuclear fallout to linger in huge fish that sail the world because such fish can metabolize and shed radioactive substances.”

Interesting story following the catastrophe in Japan. Earlier in the year, something a little different washed up in Canada: a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

There’s a joke in there somewhere about an iconic American motorcycle imported from Japan…

Remember when what you couldn’t see wouldn’t hurt you?

I love our beautiful world; all the wonders of creation around me.

I like the things in space that I can’t see but I know are there through photography.

But what about the things we can’t see that are all around us?

bacteria

I suppose everything is here for a reason. Just like some people I know, though, I have trouble coming up with a reason for some of these things to exist.

Click here to read about 10 things that bacteria like to eat.

What hath God wrought?

As I grow older, I become more enthralled by God’s creation every day; the things I can see as well as the ones I have to rely on others expertise to see.Mira A, an older red giant star with a tail

The Hubbell telescope has brought us amazing vistas in space that can scarcely be described. There are also other high flying probes that have been launched into outer space  to poke, prod and spy in the heavens above us. Here are 10 recent discoveries to ponder.

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