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Comment Re:Uhmmmm (Score 1) 620

Enterprise Maintenance Systems are something of a domain for me. All right, it's my primary domain. Those old maintenance systems are easily replaced, save the people-factor. The FAA signoffs for newer EAM replacements are a lot easier than internal quality units will admit. Again, it's a people issue, not a technology issue.

Submission + - James Bond-inspired LASER WATCH will burn through objects from a distance (

An anonymous reader writes: The 1,500-milliwatt laser in this thing is powerful enough to pop a balloon or even light a candle.

Because the laser is so powerful, the battery on the watch will only last between 5 and 10 minutes. But that’s 5 minutes of awesome laser arson.

Which has got to be better than being able to read your emails or check stock reports on a tiny screen. Sorry, Apple.

Submission + - Harvard Scientists Say It's Time to Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

merbs writes: Harvard has long been home to one of the fiercest advocates for climate engineering. This week, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences published a research announcement headlined “Adjusting Earth’s Thermostat, With Caution.” That might read as oxymoronic—intentionally altering the planet’s climate has rarely been considered a cautious enterprise—but it fairly accurately reflects the thrust of three new studies published by the Royal Society, all focused on exploring the controversial field of geoengineering.

Submission + - VW Bus Powered By Attached Solar Panels--Proof of Concept for Solar Vehicles (

mlamonica writes: When I heard the CTO of healthcare startup Vecna built a 1966 Volkswagen bus with solar panels on the roof, I thought it would make for a fun story about his side project. But I found that his work is much more: it's a proof of concept that solar-powered cars--that don't require plugging in to charge--can work in certain applications. One key to engineering such a vehicle is having it run directly from the panels, bypassing battery charging and the associated losses as much as possible. Story has photos of the bus.

Submission + - Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory (

jfruh writes: Computing devices have been gobbling up more and more memory, but storage tech has been hitting its limits, creating a bottleneck. Now researchers in Spain and Scotland have reported a breakthrough in working with metal-oxide clusters that can retain their charge. These molecules could serve as the basis for RAM and flash memory that will be leagues smaller than existing components.

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