Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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    The Blackberry Disruption

    Oct 18, 11 • 229 Views • No Comments

    Last week’s Blackberry blackout saved lives. In Dubai, traffic accidents dipped 20%. For Abu Dhabi, the decrease was 40%. Considering that there is approximately 1 traffic accident every 3 minutes in Dubai and a traffic fatality every 2 days in Abu...  [read more]

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    When Are Potato Chips Good For Us?

    Aug 26, 11 • 246 Views • No Comments

    Potato chip manufacture is a technological marvel. During one year, in one typical factory, the chips in 80 million bags of Lay’s Potato Chips started as potatoes that were picked and plunked into railroad cars, funneled out for washing and processing...  [read more]

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    The Crawler

    Jun 1, 11 • 280 Views • No Comments

    The fuel economy window sticker for this vehicle would say 1 gallon per 32 feet. Called the crawler, it travels on a roadway 3.5 miles long, could carry 18 million pounds, and moves no faster than 2 mph. The crawler takes the space shuttle to its launchpad....  [read more]

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    Innovative Challenges

    Feb 25, 11 • 232 Views • No Comments

    Is it likely that, with each new discovery, innovation gets tougher? It might have been easier to identify an asteroid a century ago because the undiscovered ones were very big. It might have been simpler to find a new human organ; the last one, the...  [read more]

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    Watson Wins

    Feb 18, 11 • 283 Views • No Comments

    Playing against Jeopardy champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson, the IBM computer won. Imagine three podiums. One is labeled Ken, the middle one Watson, and the third one, Brad. IBM assured everyone that Watson had no internet access and all three...  [read more]