Jan 092008
 

Green Earth

Scientific American is reporting that Midwestern farms are proving that switchgrass might be the right crop for producing ethanol to replace gasoline.

Farmers in Nebraska and the Dakotas brought the U.S. closer to becoming a biofuel economy, planting huge tracts of land for the first time with switchgrass—a native North American perennial grass (Panicum virgatum) that often grows on the borders of cropland naturally—and proving that it can deliver more than five times more energy than it takes to grow it.

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 Posted by at 1:00 am
Jan 092008
 

Pocket Protector

Engcom.net is hosting a fun little toy on their web site, it’s a virtual slide rule that you can operate. It’s great fun and brings back fond fond memories.

See how calculations used to be done before the days of electronic calculators. Find out about an important piece of engineering history. All pieces of the slide rule are draggable.

If you’ve read this far you’re probably into slide rules, so check out this terrific personal collection of the devices, current total is 143 different slide rules.

 Posted by at 12:59 am
Jan 092008
 

NASA

Press Release:

BALTIMORE – NASA will debut a new book for blind readers at a media event and reception Jan. 15. The agency will unveil “Touch the Invisible Sky,” which gives blind readers the ability to experience cosmic images from the agency’s space-based observatories and other telescopes on the ground.

“Touch the Invisible Sky” is accessible to both blind and sighted readers. The book presents celestial objects as they appear through visible-light telescopes and in different spectral regions that are invisible to the naked eye. It uses a combination of Braille and traditional text. A variety of tactile textures and symbols were chosen to represent different physical features and characteristics of the images.

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 Posted by at 12:05 am
Jan 082008
 

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Yeah you heard it.  The Duke is back, and even more crude, and anti-alien as ever.  Full of the famous one-liners everyone’s come to love and repeat, “Duke Nukem: Forever” seems to have made the unlikely transition from vaporware to reality.  3DRealms.Com released this new trailer for the game that been on the development shelf for ten long years. A bit disappointing because it doesn’t show any gameplay!  However, those who can remember back to the days of old….*grin*  Here’s a recap of the DN:F video 3DRealms released back in 1998 that previews some gameplay and cutscenes.

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I’ve been waiting a loooooong time for this title.  A while back, I gave up the ghost, and surrendered it to the vaporware category.  Oh Duke – Why do you tease me so?!?  Don’t let me down again ;)  In the immortal words of the Duke himself – “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of gum.”