WaPo – A new 3-D printing technique creates solid objects using rays of light

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/02/05/new-d-printing-technique-creates-solid-objects-using-rays-light/?utm_term=.04c1c6aba87d http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2019/01/30/science.aau7114 created a 3-D printer that can create entire objects simultaneously instead of creating them one painstaking layer at a time like most printing techniques. The new approach — known as Computer Axial Lithography (CAL) — carves an object out of a synthetic resin that solidifies when it comes into contact with particular patterns … Continue reading WaPo – A new 3-D printing technique creates solid objects using rays of light

Farsighted – How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most – Steven Johnson

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594488215/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 What a good book on "thinking about thinking".  Below is a summary of the book above (which is 218 pages) Intro – Moral Algebra A growing scientific field called "decision theory" – roots in economics, behavioral psychology, neuroscience – codifying a number of frameworks for making long-term decisions Create a list of pros and … Continue reading Farsighted – How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most – Steven Johnson

WSJ – The Country’s R&D Agenda Could Use a Shake-Up

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-countrys-r-d-agenda-could-use-a-shake-up-scientists-say-11545483780?emailToken=3b602f0a642f5420b507779330c6bbd3QPof7GYfmnUQXlKFXSyahL5Z4yow4fRre6+h5TCvJzQ/AX9CTQB8uuolFWNtLmObiud6BC+MpuBSbtQyi80aCAmqJGrZjfFTqtxzDPOi1I1maQbOEPIg/CEPLSx7Mk/L&reflink=article_gmail_share U.S. federal research is split among dozens of agencies and departments, a hodgepodge that scientists say has some advantages because it promotes competition The U.S. is spending roughly $1 billion to $2 billion annually, much of it federal funds, to build the first "exascale" supercomputer—capable of a quintillion calculations a second, which is at … Continue reading WSJ – The Country’s R&D Agenda Could Use a Shake-Up

WSJ – American Tech Firms are Winning the R&D Spending Race with China

https://www.wsj.com/articles/american-tech-firms-are-winning-the-r-d-spending-race-with-china-1540873318?emailToken=733a85d5bba8a4beabc062c97f85ad52dH/gYnhWDZGoik+flfNPYpw93WYplWJhcU97Wky9298kMSa7wG/LhAWroeRyKH+x6KQieb4rKJURvmVuCEmdcSfKnh5Nj4XRvPidlv59HVGMFDJp8r7GIijYaUwL+i9G&reflink=article_gmail_share American companies maintain a major advantage over their Chinese rivals in a critical area: spending on research and development  invested more than $5 in R&D for every $1 spent by Chinese companies - report from PricewaterhouseCoopers Chinese Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba each spent less than at least 44 other companies reflects an approach toward innovation by … Continue reading WSJ – American Tech Firms are Winning the R&D Spending Race with China

NYT – The Yoda of Silicon Valley

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/science/donald-knuth-computers-algorithms-programming.html A fun read for those of us who computer geeks and still like low level programming Donald Knuth has reigned as the spirit-guide of the algorithmic realm author of "The Art of Computer Programming," more than one million copies in print, "The Art of Computer Programming" is the Bible of its field volume opens with an … Continue reading NYT – The Yoda of Silicon Valley

Apeel Sciences raises $70m to expand applications for itsplant-based invisible skin

https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2018/07/31/Apeel-Sciences-raises-70m-to-expand-applications-for-its-plant-based-invisible-skin https://qz.com/1310612/apeel-sciences-has-invented-a-way-to-keep-your-avocados-from-going-bad-so-quickly/ What a cool technology! Santa Barbara-based firm Invisible plant-based edible skin Extends shelf-life of fruits/vegies Creates an "idealized microclimate inside each piece of produce" via semi-permeable barrier Modulates rate at which water evaporates out and oxygen gets in Company used to be called "Edipeel" Material is supplied as powder that is mixed with … Continue reading Apeel Sciences raises $70m to expand applications for itsplant-based invisible skin

WSJ – Do you Know Cobol, if so, there might be a job for you

https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-know-cobol-if-so-there-might-be-a-job-for-you-1537550913?emailToken=952c2458f734565f2cdd19861188b35ecXxl1Hm2FCmaRUCafpMaiOYT7ssgyh3gHoMWVajw2gx2rYt6NkFZI5joVaNk8mDEsbXXRYAdUvKMhaauTCvIuJ0mqTCAtzXRYXMJX/kDDK0%3D&reflink=article_gmail_share Ten years before man walked on the moon, a group of software engineers created the Common Business-Oriented Language—better know as Cobol—to standardize business computer programming despite its advanced age, Cobol is still the most prevalent programming language in the financial-services industry world-wide powers millions of banking transactions every day Banks and other companies have … Continue reading WSJ – Do you Know Cobol, if so, there might be a job for you