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Another cool thing from Microsoft Research July 31, 2006

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Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth

This is a pretty neat idea.  I’ve seen a few apps that do similar things but this seems to move beyond simple stitching by introducing geophysical data and a community concept with the idea of sharing these and merging them online.


Google-Earthing the North Korean Military July 19, 2006

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Open Source

Check out these Google Earth links from our North Korean friends!  Get your cold-war nostalgia on right here.

Meerkats are way cool July 17, 2006

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Science Friday – Meerkat Teaching & Learning

One of my all time favorite shows on NPR is Science Friday.  Last week they covered some new research results being reported on another one of my favorites: Meerkats (Podcast is here).  These incredible tiny animals – related to the mongoose – are super smart and have extremely interesting social behavior.  These little guys are well documented in a recent additional to Animal Planet called Meerkat Manor which follows a decade-long university study that is focused on a single family unit.

Kevin Schofield – Tour of Microsoft Research (Social Software, Hardware) July 8, 2006

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Kevin Schofield – Tour of Microsoft Research (Social Software, Hardware)

This is a great tour of MS research, particularly the work they are doing on large displays using MEMS.

“Mike Sinclair shows us MEMS (Microelectronical Mechanical Systems — Micromotors). Watch Mike as he explains how he puts up to 10,000 micro machines on one silicon chip the size of your fingernail.

Remember physics class? We love how Mike explains the equation: F=Ma “what happens when you make ‘m’ really small? You can do amazing things if you make ‘m’ really small.” Small indeed. He built a stepper motor that spins a piece of silicon at steps of 1/25 billionths of a meter.

What are they doing research on micromachines for? To build new kinds of monitors that could potentially cover your walls.”