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Links 1 through 10 of 154 by Charlie Schick tagged technology

"The use of computers in science now may bring images of data-crunching parallel processing and Unix-inspired open-source collaborations, but there was a time when the cutting edge — at least for molecular scientists — was being able to draw a benzene ring digitally on screen. Jobs and Apple gave scientists the power to do that, and more besides. Scientists responded with decades of loyalty and, on news of Jobs's death, with tributes of their own."

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"For the first time, researchers have sustainably produced hydrogen gas, a potential source of clean energy, using only water and bacteria. The challenge now, scientists say, is to scale up the process to provide large amounts of hydrogen for various purposes, such as fueling vehicles or small generators."

I keep thinking of how to extract electricity or combustible gas from bacteria. And here someone has improved on the process to extract hydrogen in some usable quantity. Seem like there are still a few technical hurdles, but the most interesting comment to me was that they really can't use ALL the hydrogen the bacteria produce - the bugs need the hydrogen as well. That got me thinking of milking cows - you still need to feed that calf.

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"When’s the last time you brought a roll of film to the store for processing? If you can’t remember, you’ll begin to understand why Scorby’s Camera will soon close its doors after more than a half-century in Needham Center. "

A photo-story about a camera shop that is closing down due to pressures of digital photography and big box stores that process digital images. Part of me thinks this is like the newspapers folding. Yes, it's a sign of the change to a digital world, but also, I hope, the industry settling to a new level - new biz models need to be figured out and the craft will remain in the background, much like farriers, horse tack shops, lino-typists, and other craftsfolk of bygone ages. I believe that new tech does not kill old tech, just forces them into new niches.

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"But the march of mind was not to be stopped and reactionary parsons and lawyers and gentlefolk watched in some alarm as relatively cheap and popular books flooded the market. The cognoscenti sneered at the quality of the mass produced books with their library bindings. It was not what they were used to. Their idea of a book was a leather bound volume with marbled endpapers, thick paper, wide margins and pages that needed to be opened with a knife. But the cloth bound books of the new age were built to last and many of them are still in circulation today."

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