Charles Erikson Lee Rachor

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What Middle-Earth Would Look Like From Space

In <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, British author J.R.R. Tolkien created a fantasy world called Middle-Earth for his dragons, elves, dwarves, and wizards to inhabit, but he only ever rendered it in text. Now, a team of Danish programmers is taking Tolkien’s descriptions of Middle-Earth and …

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

Satellite Time-Lapse Shows Ten Years of Earth’s Weather in Three Minutes

After almost ten and a half years of faithful service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES-12 satellite was …

FlexCam is a Flexible Camera that Snaps Dynamic One-Shot Panoramas

Companies and researchers are always coming up with interesting new camera concepts and prototypes that approach snapping photos in some unique way. …

7 Businesses Making Lots Of Money In Ways You Wouldn't Expect

It's true -- most companies reap profits in obvious ways. Google earns a lot of money through advertising, Apple from selling iPhones and iPads and retail stores like Gap through selling clothing and other items.<p>But every so often, a company comes along that figures out how to make money in a …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Grilling a sausage may be the best use for a Lambo yet

The flames shooting out the back of an Aventador put even the chromiest of Webers to shame.<p>The mechanical joy of an engine comes from its purity: It doesn't have to take pictures, check email, or julienne fries. All it has to do is make the car move. But the monstrous 6.5-liter V12 in the …