Un-Product of the Day: SuperBogo Solar Sunlight

May 7th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 3,466 views.
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No doubt this could help stem the tide of greenhouse gases and reduce emissions from coal power plants, but I don’t see myself hanging this off the sunny south side of my porch in the off chance that I need a flashlight…at night.

Let’s face it, you’re pretty screwed once the solar flashlight goes through it’s charge.

Oh, that is unless you happen to have access to the sun for a recharge. Which, if you do, bemoans the obvious question: Why are you carrying around a flashlight in the first place?

Legal stuff: I do not know anything about this product. I’m in no way endorsing or ripping apart this product in particular, and I would guess that it works exactly as it was designed to do (ha ha, see above). But hey, even that’s a guess.

Source: BogoLight

Melting Microchips May Mean Meatier Machines

May 6th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 3,563 views.
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Stephen Chou of Princeton recently introduced a simple, cheap method to drastically improve the straightness of line structures and roundness of dots on a microchip. While this may sound somewhat mundane it may allow for dramatic improvements in chip scalability, as current fabrication methods mandate a size-imposed limit which prevents the further improvements in density and energy usage.

But an excimer laser and a quartz guide plate may change everything.

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There’s Singing in the Brain

May 5th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 3,296 views.
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Just like babies, juvenile birds babble incessantly and practice their songs before getting it just right.  But how does that transition happen?  Are there two pathways to song (and, possibly speech) development, or just one that matures over time?

The folks at Fee lab at MIT were on the case.

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Alzheimer’s Reversed in Mice?

May 4th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 2,937 views.
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The bad guy?  In this case, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-oxidase, or NADPH for short.  We have it, and so do mice.  For a living, it resides in neutrophils (bacteria/fungi eating white blood cells)  and creates superoxides that destroy foreign pathogens.  That is, unless they go out of wack, in which case they apparently feast on something a bit closer to home: Your brain.

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Sorry, Sick Kids = No Posts

April 28th, 2008. By Dave Oei. 7,914 views.
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Arg.  I have a number of posts nearly ready to go, but with sick kids it’s hard to get these out.  Their lack of sleep translates to my lack of sleep which means, no posts.  I hope to get this back on track in the next few days, so stay tuned!

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