paraphrase Ford's famous marketing line: "Microsoft Research has a Better Idea..." at least when it comes to
the presentation of the periodic table. According to Mohd Abubakr, the table can be improved by arranging it
in circular form where it gives a sense of the relative size of atoms. The closer to the center of the chart,
the smaller the atom. Maybe he never saw this Mayan format
are great... if you are a bureaucrat. For the rest of us, they are an impediment to progress. This is the FCC
Rulemaking Flow Chart constructed by Mitchell Lazarus is part of his "Radio's
Regulatory Roadblocks" article in the August 2009 Spectrum. It is very well written and
insightful - well worth your time to read. To be fair, the innate crippling rest momentum of bureaucracies
does also help to prevent radical policies from getting whisked into being under the cover of darkness.
a collection of images called "Inside Ball Aerospace"
is this photo of the WorldView-2 satellite owned by
DigitalGlobe. It will be used by Google Earth and other companies to provide images with resolutions down
to 1.8 m (probably better resolution for sale to the DoD & other 3-letter agencies). There is also an
800-W speaker array for subjecting components to acoustic rigors of launch vehicle loads; it surely puts
your system to shame.
was during this speech to Congress, on May 25, 1961, that U.S. President John F. Kennedy threw down the
gauntlet, "First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is
out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this
period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none
will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish." The rest, as they say, is
anyone in this photo? If so, then you are either an avid historian of the American Radio Relay League, or have
been involved with the ARRL for over half a century, when these guys would have been seen at events and in
publications. This is the Board of Directors, circa 1917. The guy in the middle is founder Hiram Percy Maxim.
Note the phone on the table.
that Dennis the Menace you
see standing there watching his friend on a teletype
machine, or is it perhaps
even more famous? Take a look at the
house the little
guys lives in now. It has an amenity or two that your and my house does not have yet.
is the first 3-D map of the Earth's electrical conductivity. It is yet another example of previous firmly-held
beliefs being upset. Subducting plates are
comparatively colder and should be less conductive; however, conductivity in these areas may be enhanced by
water drawn downward during the subduction process. Many scientists thought that tectonic plates are not
likely to carry much, if any, water deep into the Earth's mantle, but it is the simplest explanation.
was a time when atom smashers could be contained within the walls of a reasonably sized building and operate
off of a city's grid power. One of the first large-scale projects, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's
Bevatron was a mere 135
feet. Today, it takes many miles (km) of underground tunnels to contain them (Large
Hadron Collider). Bevatron, built in
early 1950s for $9.5M ($76M 2008 dollars), is now
to free up real estate. LCH costs €3.5B ($5B). Lots of good
old axiom, "Careful what you wish for... you might just get it" comes to mind when reading a story titled, "Beware
the Reverse Brain Drain to India and China." For over a decade, people have been complaining about foreign
students studying at U.S. universities and then staying here to work rather than return to their native lands.
Now, they are returning in droves, taking our knowledge resources with them. This California license plate
sums it up.
4 million to 400 million broadband subscribers in 10 years. This adjustable map illustrates how broadband has
spread across the face of the Earth. Surprisingly, in 1999 Canada had the greatest number of subscribers per
capita. In 2009, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland (yes, Iceland) lead the way. Today, even the terrorist regions
(they benefit from your labor while causing you to have to arrive 2 hours
early and remove your shoes at the airport).
x-ray images of common items is entertaining as well as informative. When I worked for RFMD, my friend Jeff
Walker ran the x-ray machine that I used to help non-destructively "discover" how competitors accomplished
their product assembly tricks. He had a knack for extracting intricate details that other operators could not.
Often, I could reverse engineer LTCC substrates and other minute structures with enough detail to ascertain
how things worked. Here are some slick images that remind me of the kind of cool stuff we used to do.
(Li) might just be the oil of the 21st century. If you follow the hype, transportation of the future will be
dominated by electric vehicles whose energy source will be batteries based on Li. Lithium is considered
environmentally and medically friendly - at least for the end users (for production farm
workers, not so much). Chile and Bolivia have been referred to as the
Saudi Arabia of Lithium due to their enormous reserves and relative ease of extraction. Currently, about
30k tons of Li is produced annually, with a market price of about $1/lb. That equates to $179/bbl at liquid
only not-totally-bad thing about being unemployed at this point in history is that there is no stigma attached
when seeking new opportunities. When the "real" unemployment rate is well into the double digits, there are a
lot of highly qualified people out there who have been idle through no fault of their own. Companies who have
never had layoffs are now finding themselves stressed to where people have to be let go for the sake of the
company. It is an ugly chart.
on Emerging Technologies (PEN) created this map of nanotechnology activity in the U.S. There are more than
nanotech 1200 companies, universities, and government agencies just in the U.S. The top 3 sectors for
companies working in nanotech (>200 entries) include materials, tools and instruments, and medicine/health.
Interestingly, a lot of the effort is going into determining the potential health hazards of nanotech.
model emblem of Government Motors' new Hybrid
2Mode series of vehicles has a PCB as the filler of the "H." The continuously-variable, electronic
transmission integrates a motor that runs off a 300 V battery bank when loads are light and speeds are low.
Still, city fuel usage is only around 15 mpg best case, so is the added complexity and expense justified? I'm
not buying it - literally and figuratively.
might appear to be a photo of NASA's astronaut cadre mooning (an apt term for NASA) the camera, but it is not.
The lineup of butts is actually a collection of molds made for custom-fit seats to provide optimal comfort to
candidates of the Mercury space flight program. That is how things were done back in 1959, in preparation for
Mercury 7 suborbital flight in 1961. I assume better methods are used now.