Category Archives: Technology

Creating New Memories Artificially


This article raises some interesting possibilities.  Can false memories be inserted into a normal brain?  If new memories can be created, can real memories be deleted?  Can a prefrontal lobotomy be achieved with greater precision?  If memories can be created, … Continue reading

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Privacy In the Age of Data Mining


From the book: “1984” by George Orwell (June, 1949).  A book of science fantasy whose time has come only 60 years after publication.  We thought, long ago, that the world of Winston Smith was a vision of a world that … Continue reading

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Recent Research on Toxoplasmosis and Cats


I like cats.  Not as much as I like dogs, but then I don’t have to walk my cat.  Besides, community regulations frown on any dog bigger than a cat.  You’ve got to go along to get along.  Nevertheless, I’m … Continue reading

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Federal Security Clearance Madness: Overkill or prudence?


Many years ago I was a contract technical writer/editor at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  I contributed to Space Program Summaries and Technical Reports.  I new how to write about technical things, edit reports, and put together reports.  In those days … Continue reading

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Open Courseware: Democratizing Education


For the last few weeks I’ve been looking for a topic for my 500th online post in machimon.wordpress.com.  I think I’ve found a subject of sufficient gravity and scope:  Education.  While some see education as a profit- making enterprise, others … Continue reading

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Razor Wire


Razor Wire Barbed wire is made by twisting short, pointed segments of wire around a longer, coiled length of wire. Razor wire is made by die cutting pointed razors in an endless chain around a longer, coiled length of wire. … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Facing the Ultimate Frontier


America needs a new advocate for space, one with the charisma, gravitas, and demeanor of Carl Sagan.  That advocate is Dr Neil deGrasse Tysson.  We both grew up in the Bronx: he went to the Bronx HS of Science, I … Continue reading

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