Author: Richard Leis

  • Mars – Liquid Water on Surface in Distant Past

    How beautiful the view is now…how beautiful it must have been then. NASA announced yesterday evidence from its Opportunity Rover of a salty sea in the distant past. The evidence is quite compelling. Even though the current rovers are not best equipped to look for signs of ancient and current life, scientists admitted that if […]

  • Building a Brand New Home in 24 Hours

    [Updated May 17, 2018 to fix article link.] Marshall Brain has suggested that in about 30 years we will be at 50% unemployment because of robotics and automation. He specifically predicted robots building our homes and structures in his “Robotic Nation” essay. Now he brings us word of a home-building robot prototype and he suggests […]

  • Science, Pseudoscience, and My Love of the End of the World

    I have a morbid fascination with Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. He interviews guests regarding topics such as ghosts, UFOS, governmental conspiracies, and end-of-the-world scenarios. Tonight his guests were David Booth and Wayne Green. David Booth claims to have had a psychic dream about a global disaster sometime this coming autumn. Tonight was […]

  • Sedna in the Sky with Diamonds

    Tenth planet? Oort cloud member? Planet-like? Just call it Sedna, the newly discovered furthest object in our solar system, second only to Mars in redness and estimated to be about three-fourths the size of Pluto.

  • Robots Everywhere

    [Updated May 17, 2018 with new article link.] Chatty robots, cocktail-shaking computers, pen phones wow CeBIT crowds (AFP). AFP – A chatting robot, a BMW that can make dinner reservations and a computer server that can mix a dry martini are among the gadgets drawing crowds at the start of the CeBIT, the world’s biggest […]

  • The Mice of Outrageous Fortune

    [Updated May 17, 2018 to fix links and remove direct link to Richard Hoagland’s website.] The Methuselah Foundation is a prize for the first science team to extend the average lifespan of a mouse from three years to five years. The hope is to eventually use the technology to extend human lifespan to 150 years […]

  • Wall Monitors

    Start-ups turn flat-panel TVs into works of art (USATODAY.com). USATODAY.com – An expensive new digital television is big, beautiful, flat and can hang on the wall. Some might even consider the set a piece of art. – Source: Yahoo! News – Technology; 3/16/2004; 9:23:00 AM Change is not always earth-shattering, but sometimes comes in happy […]

  • Hype Robs Me of Sleep

    I have worked the graveyard shift for several months. Twice now I have resisted going right to bed after work so that I could instead watch on television the unveiling of new technology. In December 2001 I watched the unveiling of “It”, otherwise known by the code name Ginger, on ABC’s Good Morning America. In […]

  • The Frontier Channel Technology Fund

    This fund currently consists of stock in two technology companies: 153.162 shares of Constellation 3D, Inc. [defunct link] (Nasdaq: CDDD) 63.953 shares of Electric Fuel Corporation (Nasdaq: EFCX) The total purchase price of these shares has been $1109.97. At the close of the market on Friday, January 18, 2002 the value of this fund was $203.20

  • Black Hole

    Chandra, the X-Ray Space Observatory, has been sending back some amazing pictures. Space.com has a great one here [defunct link] of a possible black hole discovered in the Andromeda galaxy.

  • Europa Rain

    More evidence that the Jovian moon Europa might be a haven for life…life needs heat and charged particles raining down on Europa just might be providing it. Here is another great article [defunct link] from Space.com. Look for a feature in the near future about the possibility of life elsewhere in our Solar System.

  • XHTML Arrives

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    The W3C has released the recommendation for the Extensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML 1.0). It was imperative to rewrite HTML so it can work with future devices and browsers based around XML (Extensible Markup Language). You don’t know what XML is? Do I have some good stuff for you! Check back soon for a feature […]

  • Mars Polar Lander Phone Home

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    Only days ago NASA decided to give up on their attempts to contact the Mars Polar Lander, apparently lost during it approach last month. Now comes word that the Mars Polar Lander may have tried to contact Earth on a couple separate occasions. The feeble signal was only just detected during a new analysis. On […]

  • Welcome Back, Hubble!

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    After some much needed repairs, the Hubble Space Telescope is back at work and as always the results are breathtaking. To the right is an image of the “Eskimo” Planetary Nebula. The NASA announcement is located here.

  • Crusoe Winners and Losers

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    So Transmeta is definitely the big winner with this technology. They have demonstrated something very promising. But I got to thinking about who else out there will benefit from this technology. And who stands to lose. THE WINNERS: IBM, bar none. With their chip production and technology transfer arrangements with Transmeta, Crusoe’s success would increases […]

  • Crusoe Arrives!

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    Transmeta’s Mobile Internet Processors under the family name Crusoe were demonstrated today (I caught the video on ZDNet [defunct link].) Wow. A mobile chip for internet appliances running at 400 mHz. A mobile chip for laptops running at 700 mHz. But get this…both chips consume less than two watts of power. Get all the details […]

  • Transmeta Announcement Tomorrow

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    So what is it, alien technology, the fastest microchip ever, nothing at all? We find out tomorrow when Transmeta [defunct company] announces what it is they have been working on all these years. This article at ZDNet [defunct link] has the latest rumours about the technology. It probably won’t be earth-shattering, but the Crusoe chip is likely […]

  • Technology and Tears

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    Sometimes you can go for days when it seems abundant new wonders will continue to delight and awe you. All you see is the potential and opportunity around you. The future beckons and you have never been happier. But then you suffer an emotional blow that rattles your soul and you wonder how technology and […]

  • AOL Time Warner

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    Let the mega mergers continue…AOL and Time Warner announced the largest merger of all time on Monday, January 10, 2000. The coverage has been extensive. Take a look at all the various news sites for more information. What do I think? Wow. Merge a content provider with a content delivery company and you have incredible […]

  • Media Fusion Feature Coming Soon!

    Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth - This view of Earth's horizon as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crew member onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible." [Credit from Wikipedia]

    Media Fusion is a company that claims they can pass data over powerlines at speeds in excess of 2.5 GB/sec. In a few years they hope to pass data at speeds in excess of an exobyte per second.