Inventor Boot Camp – April 20th

The DaVinci Institute is again hosting one of their critically acclaimed Inventor Boot Camps on April 20th at Denver’s Hyatt Tech Center.

“Our last Boot Camp was a resounding success,” said Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute. “We now have people cutting licensing agreements with Bridgestone and others engaging in funding talks with MentorCap. We’re carefully helping each one of them step through these tricky processes. It’s very exciting!”
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NASA’s Virtual Airport Control Tower

As funding from Congress has dwindled, NASA has had to go to new lengths to find funding elsewhere. The latest is a virtual airport control tower package for sale to airports and air traffic authorities that can be customized to train air traffic controllers, plan new runway configurations, and test new equipment on specific aviation facilities nationwide or worldwide. The site offers 360-degree Quicktime movies of the simulator imagery and describes its various rooms and functions. “We allow you to see into the future,” boasts the Web site’s promotional blurb. No price for the package is given.
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Lost Luggage is Big Business

Reuters – About one out of every 200 passengers on domestic flights on the 10 largest U.S. airlines files a lost baggage report, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Two percent of those travelers never see their luggage again.

To find what happened to your lost stuff, try the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Covering more than a block of this gritty manufacturing town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the privately owned retailer has cornered the market for the resale of luggage and other belongings lost by air travelers in the United States.

The allure of potential bargains draws approximately 800,000 people each year into the store, making it one of Alabama’s biggest tourist attractions.

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Electronic Anti-Shark Units for Swimmers

An Australian firm unveiled an electronic shark repellant unit Wednesday that attaches to a swimmer’s ankle and emits an electronic field to ward-off sharks.

The SEACHANGE™ Shark Shield™ is a miniature version of cumbersome anti-shark pods used to protect triathletes in Sydney Harbour during the 2000 Olympics and worn by abalone divers.

The personal anti-shark unit weighs 450 grams (one lb) and has a battery life of two hours. A slightly larger unit for scuba divers weighs 590 grams (1.3 lb) with a battery life of four hours.

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China Launches Dummies Into Space

China rocketed dummy astronauts into orbit aboard its third unmanned “Shenzhou” spacecraft Monday night, laying a new foundation for plans to send the country’s first person into space in “the near future,” the official People’s Daily said on Tuesday.

President Jiang Zemin hailed Shenzhou III’s successful launch as a “new milestone” for China, whose last unmanned flight — the Shenzhou II — put a monkey, a dog, a rabbit and snails into orbit in January 2001, it said.

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Existence of Black Holes in Question

There seems to be a growing movement that doubts the existence of black holes, going against most of the rest of astrophysics. They suggest the existence of gravastars, “star-size agglomerations of “wavelike” substance” (space-time fabric, if you will). Different scientists claim to have created the “wavelike substance” in a lab, called Bose-Einstein condensates.”

I understand gravastars taste terrific with cream cheese and red onion.
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A Smarter Web

The Web is huge but not very smart. Computer scientists are beginning to build a “Semantic Web” that understands the meanings that underlie the tangle of information.

In the early 1990s, Tim Berners-Lee spent a frustrating year trying to get people to grasp the power and beauty of his idea for a scheme known as an Internet hypertext system, to which he gave the beguiling name the World Wide Web. But since the Web didn’t yet exist, most people couldn’t imagine the implications of what he was talking about. Berners-Lee persevered, and with the help of the few people who shared his vision, his invention became the fastest-growing media distribution system in history.
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