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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Flying Robot Seabee Corps Builds Tower!


This is impressive!  Flying robots assemble a tower reminiscent of Gaudi.  Questions in my mind were how they continued to stack and keep the sides straight (in plumb).  There are orange lights in the ceiling, which seem to take care … Continue reading

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Cerf: Is Internet Access a Human Right?


Internet Access Is Not a Human Right By VINTON G. CERF, Published: January 4, 2012 FROM the streets of Tunis to Tahrir Square and beyond, protests around the world last year were built on the Internet and the many devices that … Continue reading

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30 Reasons to Surrender


This is a growth industry that must be preserved.  Aside from our balance of payments we are educating tomorrow’s governments on how to maintain a firm hand in maintaining order.   All talk radio shows should be recorded to identify … Continue reading

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