Archive | August, 2003

2003-08-25 – Spray-on computers and power supply

There seems to be a bit of a buzz at the moment about \”nano\” computers you can spray on out of a can. Well, aside from currently being sci-fi, these designs don’t need batteries. There are lots of other ways to do it. The most promising and common is simply to make it micropowered, and […]

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2003-08-22 – The ultimate flaw in biometric security – you!

\”That realization dawned on [Berry] when he called Det. Dave Harned, a veteran in the Commercial Crimes Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. … Harned takes all the calls about identity theft and directs them to the right place. … His department has resources to investigate only a tiny fraction of the 100-plus identity […]

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2003-08-21 – Vermin of the future

The Fossil Files New Scientist, 23 August, Page 33 “So the current extinction episode might lead to a rapid bursst in evolution over the next few million years, Alroy says, though he warns that the global influx of introduced species could complicate things. “We might end up with a world of vermin,” he says.” Well, […]

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2003-08-18 – A simple idea that could be very useful

This is a very simple one. How do you know if your tap is still running when you leave the bathroom? Worse still, what if a pipe is leaking behind a wall? How about a simple device with a flow meter and a timer, so that if you let a tap run for more than, […]

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2003-08-15 – Copper intake linked to Alzheimer’s?

According to New Scientist this week, there is a link between copper and Alzheimer’s disease, which is a progressive brain disease which is generally fatal given enough time. Rabbits that were given just 10% of the limit for copper in drinking water in their water bottles were found to have similar symptoms, and autopsy shows […]

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