A limitation with panoramic stitching on the iPhone can be overcome to create stunning, high resolution panoramic images using any camera and Hugin, a free tool. The iPhone has a built-in panoramic mode for its camera, termed pano. After pressing the “take a picture” button, you pan the camera from left to right and record […]
I am very impressed with the capabilities of the Splashtop family of iPad apps. I use three of them pretty regularly, in conjunction with my laptop. They each enable new activities I could not do otherwise. While these are not the only apps that can perform these functions, they work great. The starting place is […]
I’ve been looking for a substitute for the traditional notebook and pen for more than 20 years. I thought the old Palm Pilot was a pretty good substitute to the small back-pocket notebook, until the Palm Pilot bit the dust. I’ve been waiting for the tablet revolution to catch up and provide an alternative to […]
One of my general principles in life is that computers should work for us, not the other way around. In this context, am always looking for tools that simplify tasks. One of those is adding posts to my WordPress blog. The best tool I’ve found for this is a Microsoft product, Live Writer. Despite the […]
This is one of the best lines from a movie. It set the attitude which later lead to the man-machine battles in the little known 1989 movie, Moontrap, staring Walter Koenig (Ensign Chekov), and Bruce Campbell.
published in EE Times The competition is surging ahead. A few past public product failures are casting doubts on the ability of the company. The Boss feels under pressure to show the competition up, and he is pressing his product development team to deliver something that will blow the completion away.
published in EE Times “The Voyager spacecraft has left the solar system,” read many headlines over the last few months. But its predecessor, the Pioneer spacecraft, should not be overshadowed. It left an important legacy as well, not for its planetary astronomy discoveries, but for its engineering lessons.
published in EE Times NASA scientists reported Nov 4, 2014, on the summary of results from the third year of the Kepler Space Telescope observations. Based on the results from measurements on 40,000 Sun-like stars, Erik Petigura, PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. reported that about 22 percent of all sun-like stars […]
published in EE Times “We’re on our way to Mars!” Dr. Fran Bagenal, spokesperson for the NASA’s MAVEN project team at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, shouted over the applause in the auditorium on November 18, 2013. Fran Bagenal raising her hands in trump as the audience […]
published in EE Times Looking for that perfect Christmas gift that will give your 6- to 14-year-old a taste of the most basic engineering principle — that you can change your world if you can dream it — and stir their creative juices while having a lot of fun? Look no further than ATOMS from […]
MIT Professor Emeritus John G. King (SB 1950, PhD), experimental physicist and pioneer in atomic clocks, fundamental physics experiments and physics education, was honored by more than 60 colleagues and former students on April 1, 2000 in Cambridge, MA.
Take 5,000 science fiction fans, 100 famous authors, artists, publishers and editors, 300 dealers of science fiction and fantasy books and memorabilia, mix in too many parties and not enough sleep and stir for five days. What you get is the 58th World Science Fiction Convention, or ChiCon, held in Chicago, Ill on August 31 […]
“There is a suspected correlation to 60 Hz electric fields from power lines and leukemia in children,” Dr Robert Ashley, a retired electrical engineering professor told a meeting of the IEEE on Monday, October 16, 2000 in Overland Park, KS. Ashley, a former professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and University of Colorado […]
We have all suffered through the limitations of viewing the stars from beneath the blanket of our thick atmosphere, especially thickened by summer humidity here in Kansas. While ground based optical observations suffer from dust and small atmospheric fluctuations, some wavelengths are just not possible to view due to absorption by water vapor and other […]
“Ever since I was 5 years old, all I ever wanted to do was tell people about the weather,” Gary Lezak, Chief Meteorologist at KSHB Channel 41, in Kansas City, KS said today, April 3, 2001, in Kansas City. Listening to his unabated infectious enthusiasm for telling everybody about the weather, you would never guess […]
In “The Origins of the Universe: A Crash Course”, by Brian Greene, posted in the OpEd section of the New York Times, Sept 12, 2008 , Greene, a professor of Math and Physics at Colombia University, offers four possible revolutionary advances the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) may uncover.
Three themes permeated many of the sessions at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting in St. Louis, MO June 1-5, 2008. The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 is going to be a BIG, world wide event. The number of excellent astronomy related web resources are growing faster than any single individual can track them, […]
In 1301, the medieval Italian painter Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), observed Halley’s comet, which he memorialized as the star of Bethlehem in his painting, Adoration of the Magi. Almost 700 years later, he was honored by having his name carried by the first space craft mission to visit Comet Halley, Giotti. This was also the […]
David Letterman made famous his “Top Ten” List. Richard Talcott, a senior editor of Astronomy Magazine created a Top Ten List that Letterman would probably never put on his show. To highlight the 35th anniversary of the magazine, he came up with the “Top Ten Discoveries of the Last 35 Years,” published in Astronomy Magazine, […]
“They are like a hot lump of coal slowly cooling”, Ashley Yeager describes white dwarfs in her piece, “Dead – But Not Duds” in Science News, Oct 11, 2008. White dwarfs, the dead corpse of a star with a mass less than about 1.4 solar masses, create in their final days, spectacular planetary nebula, such […]