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Cool Tech from Hack a day

Hack a day serves up a fresh hack each day, every day from around the web and a special how-to hack each week. Have fun reading, I certainly do. Hackaday

The Entire Commodore 64 Library In Your Pocket
Electric “Microkart” Has Tons of Kick
Custom CAN System Logs Motorcyle Data like Magic
A Better, Cheaper Smartphone Thermal Imager
A New Approach to Robotic Walking Looks More Like Kinetic Art
Cosmonaut Or Taikonot: Vote For The Most Outrageous Component
Adding GPIOs To The Raspberry Pi With The Camera Interface
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News for nerds, stuff that matters

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth
schwit1 writes: On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth's atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Fortunately, the blast site of the CMEs was not directed at Earth. Had this event occurred a week earlier when the point of eruption was Earth-facing, a potentially disastrous outcome would have unfolded. "Analysts believe that a direct hit could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. ... According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion, or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair." Steve Tracton put it this way in his frightening overview of the risks of a severe solar storm: "The consequences could be devastating for commerce, transportation, agriculture and food stocks, fuel and water supplies, human health and medical facilities, national security, and daily life in general."

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Tectonic

Tectonic is sadly no more. The links below are to its archive of the last posts to Tectonic. [ad#468banner] more....

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Depleted Cranium

Depleted Cranium
Bad Science And Scary Science

Weather Modification Methods That May Actually Work
There is much said about modifying weather by various conspiracy theorists and alike.  Often said to be the result of chemtrails or RF weapons, the fact is that the weather is very hard to modify.  It can be modified, but only under certain conditions and in a very localized area. The best known method of […]
I’ll be back. More posts coming… really!
Just a quick announcement: Any regular readers will notice a great lack of new posts recently. I’m aware of this, obviously, and it certainly has resulted in a big reduction in traffic. No, I have not given up blogging and no this site is not dead. However, I’m in the midst of a major political […]
Tomorrow Is When I Will (hopefully) Get the Nomination
Just a brief announcement: Tomorrow is the state Republican Convention. It’s the day when delegates will vote on who the candidates are for state and Federal offices. I am competing with one other for the nomination to be the party-sponsored candidate for the US Congress. I’m pretty confident I will get it, but a lot […]
Ivanpah Solar Power Facility Is Incinerating Birds
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility is a very large solar thermal power facility.  And by “very large,” I mean very large.  In fact, it is so enormous it’s hard to even wrap your mind around how large it is.   It also cost about 2.2 billion dollars, which is quite a lot of money.   A reasonably […]
Some Are Up In Arms Over Bodies Being Used For Crash Experiments
Cars have never been safer.  That fact is largely due to the use of crash tests and destructive experiments conducted on car designs.   Similar tests have improved the safety of everything from airline seats to passenger rail cars. To do these tests, sophisticated crash test dummies have been developed.  These dummies have improved vastly over […]
People Panicing Over Military Equipment Shipped By Rail
Imagine this:  you see a train pass you by and rather than just having nondescript boxcars or inter-modal containers, it has *gasp* military vehicles on it.  It’s as if the military sometimes has to ship vehicles from one place to another!   Well, this has been happening, in fact, it seems that this activity is increasing […]
Why do enviornmental groups hate desalination?
Water is one of the most important resources to society.  The availability of water has dictated the locations of some cities and limited the growth of others.  It is also one of the major necessities for agriculture. Many areas have limited supplies of water and others are prone to shortages or droughts.  Still others do […]
Don’t Worry, Yellowstone Won’t (Likely) Erupt
Yellowstone National Park is a true national treasure of the United States and indeed is one of the world’s most unique and majestic natural settings.  The park is home to pristine wilderness and wildlife and to numerous dramatic geothermal features like geysers and hot springs.  The park is visited by more than three million per […]
UN Court Orders Japan To Stop Antarctic Whaling
I have said it before and I will say it again: if you want to persuade Japan to stop whaling, then you must do so through diplomacy and legal methods.  It’s not that I am a huge fan of whaling, but the actions of Sea Shepherd are totally ineffective, counter-productive, extremely dangerous and highly illegal.  […]
Electric Taxiing May Provide Signifficant Aircraft Fuel Savings
While looking at some aircraft videos on Youtube I came across a new technology which will soon be available in both new aircraft and for retrofit applications on existing airliners. The technology in question is electric wheel motors for taxiing. While it might not seem like a big fuel user, aircraft burn significant fuel while […]
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