Archive for August, 2003

New Technology links

Thursday, August 28th, 2003

This is where to find out which company will be the microsoft in 2020.

New Technology links

Organic LEDs to light up electronics

Thursday, August 28th, 2003

More cool biological/technical advances. Stock picks anyone?

Organic LEDs to light up electronics

Science — Service 294 (5551): 2462

Thursday, August 28th, 2003

More biological machines – this is the next wave. Does anyone have an idea how to invest in any of these efforts. They should start paying off in the next 10 to 20 years – just when I’ll need the money for new knees, hips, eyes, heart, lung, kidneys and liver.

Science — Service 294 (5551): 2462

‘Lousy’ Study Shows Clothing 70,000 Years Old

Monday, August 18th, 2003

This is interesting from the viewpoint of writing Fantasy involving primitive societies. I often read about pre-technology societies that seem clean and noble, but it would be almost certain that they would have lice.

Clothes=Lice

I remember reading an account of Thomas Becket’s funeral where it was described how the lice fled from his body as it cooled. Thomas Becket was (in 1170) one of the most learned and civilized men in Europe.

Yahoo! News – ‘Lousy’ Study Shows Clothing 70,000 Years Old: “‘Lousy’ Study Shows Clothing 70,000 Years Old”

DNA computing

Monday, August 18th, 2003

I have thought long about biological computing. DNA computing seems too slow for the Terra-Flop crowd, but this one describes DNA which uses computing sections to treat diseases in an algorithmic way. Very cool!

sacbee.com — AP State Wire News — Researchers find logic machines in biology

What I would like to see is a molecular level monostable vibrator circuit (flip-flop) which could be the basis for a molar computer.

I would think that a small molecule in a crystal array with 1) two stable states, 2) a way to fip the states and 3) a quick way to query the states would be a very fast way to store data a million times more dense than any magnetic or solid state array.

I would guess that it would be like the old magnetic core. A two signals could be used to query a 2D location. The signals themselves would generate a change in state all along the path, where two signals met the state would not change and a slightly higher impedance would be measurable. The system would have to reset itself back to original state by sending the two signals separately and the target spot would be in an inverse state. (This is way too hard to explain without diagrams.)

Anyway, I am waiting to see if someone is actually doing this.

The only drawback is that the system will generate heat so that whatever molecule is used will have to be resistant to going fut when the current goes up.

First Post on Wanderings

Monday, August 18th, 2003

This is the home base for the blogger. We’ll see how far we get with this

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