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The tree house…

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I enjoyed so thoroughly as a child didn’t look a thing like  this new  whiz-bang design.   Did yours?

Here’s a link  to the company which builds such marvels.

 

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June 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm

3D holograms…

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3D holograms are not new,  but creating them with lasers that allow you to touch the holograms without  being burned  is very new.   You don’t need to be a techie to find this fascinating and begin to imagine the wide range of uses this application could be put to.

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June 30, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Watson focused on cancer…

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In case you’ve forgotten,  Watson is the nickname of IBM’s super-capable computer,  which destroyed human Jeopardy contestants four years ago.   The  artificial intelligence is  now tasked  with finding personalized treatments for every cancer patient by comparing disease and treatment histories,  genetic data,  scans and symptoms against the current medical knowledge.

The computer can do in seconds what it takes the most accomplished,  dedicated humans weeks and months to achieve.   If I had cancer,  I’d be pleased to know that Watson was on my team.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/06/27/watsons-next-feat-taking-on-cancer/

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June 29, 2015 at 11:53 pm

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A.I. machine gets testy…

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Apparently artificial intelligence machines  are like  small children  —  they get cross when they don’t know something and can’t answer appropriately.

 

 

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June 29, 2015 at 10:11 am

SpaceX explodes…

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The latest SpaceX adventure has  ended badly,  but spectacularly,  in an explosion.

It turns out that rocket science is quite difficult.

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June 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Union dented, not dead…

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I am always happy to read about a greedy,  grasping labor union having its hand slapped,  however gently.   I am downright amazed when it comes out of California,  as  this story  does.

Note that the employees,  unrepresented by a labor cartel,  got their own better wages and conditions,  so never let liberals tell you how hard the union fights for its workers.  It may have been true a very long time ago,  but it certainly is not now.

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June 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

Lake Texoma vortex…

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Engineers are saying this  substantial vortex  is caused by releasing water from the dam.   This is one reason they tell people to stay away from dams!

 

 

 

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June 28, 2015 at 12:50 am

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