Archives for May, 2012

Robot Boogie

Robots are now commonplace for cleaning carpets (random walk), remote sensing, even swarming. But robot boogie? Fun for some, profound for others. Thanks, MIT! At the beginning all the robots are waiting for my signal to start. While dancing, they are constantly synchronizing with each other, so if a robot lags behind they will wait…

Five Dinners with President Ahmadinejad

Dr. Jim Walsh     The imagination reels.  Five dinners with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad.  What would you discuss?  What would be your top questions? MIT alumnus Dr. Jim Walsh did just that, and will report to us via an interview on Monday, June 4 via a live chat.  From the announcement: My Five Dinners with…

Facebook shares at $4,000 each!

So it’s official. I now own a portion of Facebook, even if it’s a very tiny fraction of the some 240 million shares now on the market today, the initial public offering.

Hunter_de_Rat Scientists funded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization are reportedly guiding Chinese officials towards their “very first non-animal test method for cosmetics ingredients.” Given that PETA is an organization not known for either ethics or science, I am deeply skeptical about whether this initiative, if true, would promote biomedical…

Beam me up, Scotty!

With 3D videoconferencing now a reality, teleportation – “Beam me up, Scotty” may be in our future!

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