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Sep
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3D Printing

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Almost two years ago, a friend sent me an incredible video that captured the real beauty of manufacturing machines. It featured the Daishin Seki 5-axis mill carving a full size motorcycle helmet out of a single block of aluminum, and if you haven’t seen the video I definitely recommend checking […]

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10
Aug

Why Nurses will Outlast Doctors

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Yep, you read that correctly.  But for emphasis, I spell it out again in full detail….I believe that given the current state of the medical profession, and the increased role of technology within medicine, I believe the nursing profession will prove to be more important than doctors, and therefore survive […]

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15
Jul
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Internet Content vs. Traditional Books

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I spend a lot of time a day on the internet….sometimes too much.  Granted most of the time, I am reading articles or news, so my browsing isn’t typically useless Facebooking and YouTubing.  Don’t get me wrong, I do waste time occasionally, but it doesn’t dominate my internet usage, thank […]

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13
Jul

NFC hits PayPal

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As the title succinctly states, NFC hits PayPal!  I don’t want to pat myself on the back or anything, but I gotta admit I called this.  Back in the my piece on Near Field Communication, I talked about the future of mobile payment through NFC.  I can, in no way, […]

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7
Jul

Never date a blogger

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I was perusing Gizmodo, my all-time favorite gadget blog, today (looking for some more news on the imminent demise of unlimited wireless data plans on Verizon, if you must know) when I came across this interesting reaction piece in response to this equally interesting tell-all blog post. I’ll summarize the […]

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6
Jul

The Branding Effect

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Pop Quiz — What do Band-Aids, Kleenex, and Frisbee have in common? If you guessed you need the band-aid to cover up the wound from the stray frisbee, and the kleenex to wipe up the tears, you were close but wrong.  These three words are classic examples of trademarked brand […]

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5
Jul

Turntable.fm – Music is FINALLY Social

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It’s about time that a social music sharing site has been developed.  Music is inherently a social construct of mankind.  Music is written to appeal to the masses.  We go to bars and clubs to listen to the lastest music.  Despite the obvious fact that we enjoy music socially, for […]

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3
Jul

Crowdsourcing

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Crowdsourcing, the cousin of outsourcing, has fully entrenched itself as a viable, and profitable, method to procure specialized labor. Crowdsourcing uses the collective knowledge of the crowd with the intention of finding the right answer in solving a problem. Just like outsourcing, when an individual or company is in need […]

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1
Jul

Genetic Engineering and Photosynthesis in Animals

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Gene Manipulation For as long as I have been a biologist, I have believed wholeheartedly in the promise of genetic engineering.  In my lab alone, we have put the gene that makes fireflies glow into mouse cells.  Therefore if we transfer these cells into a recipient mouse,  we can follow […]

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30
Jun

Roly Pollies – Holy Moly!

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Other than spiders, ants and catepillars, the Roly Pollie was one of the staple “bugs” I used to play with as a child.  Despite spending countless hours harassing these guys, inducing them to roll up into miniature balls, I realized yesterday that I know NOTHING about them.  I didn’t even know what they eat! […]

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