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Mike oversees the research department at Floor64. He has held various research roles at companies including BFGoodrich, Raychem and Nano-Tex. Before joining Floor64, Mike coordinated product development as a project leader at Nano-Tex. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed work towards a PhD at Stanford University. He continues to pursue his technical and scientific interests in a wide variety of fields.

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Posted on Techdirt - 4 May 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Parents, Don't Let Your Kids Grow Up To Be Cowboys...

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There are as many different kinds of parenting as there are parents (or more...) -- every kid is different, and no two parents treat their kids the same way. Definitely, some questionable parenting techniques exist, but who's really to say what's correct? (Okay, child services and/or a judge....) Some folks believe in a free-range kid policy, but others think that's crazy or dangerous. If you're not already flooded with parenting advice, check out some of the following links.

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Posted on Techdirt - 1 May 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Drink No Wine Before It's Time?

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Some folks are really into aged spirits -- as in old alcohol, not ancient ghosts. But if we can't really trust our tastebuds, will anyone really know if an aged wine is really aged? More importantly, though, does it really matter if no one can taste the difference between a day-old beverage and one that's 15 years old? Maybe some wine/scotch snobs will care, but most drinkers probably won't.

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Posted on Techdirt - 30 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Time, Time, Time. See What's Become Of..

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With the Apple Watch available now, maybe more people will be interested in wearing fancy watches again -- instead of just relying on their phones. Fancy watches once focused on telling time with extreme accuracy, but then digital watches made it really cheap to keep accurate time that was more than "good enough" for most folks. It used to be annoying to need to adjust clocks for daylight savings and power outages, but as more and more clocks are connected to the internet (except for ovens and some cheap alarm clocks), we barely need to think about how to change the time on a clock (who owns a VCR anymore?). Check out these links on accurate time keeping.

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Posted on Techdirt - 29 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Waiting For Superman... From A Test Tube

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The concept of creating superhumans using genetic engineering has been around for quite some time in science fiction, but now that it's almost becoming a practical thing to do, there are some scientists calling for a moratorium on experimenting with germline engineering until we can debate the issue and come to some consensus on what should be considered ethical. Treating diseases with drugs/radiation/whatever may let an individual patient live longer, but messing with embryonic DNA could have more lasting effects because whatever genetic edits are made will be passed down to future generations (well, unless genetically modified humans are purposely made sterile...). This kind of medicine is going to be controversial for the foreseeable future, but it's going to be done somewhere as the science and technology behind it gets better.

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Posted on Techdirt - 28 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: More Clues To The Origins Of Life On Earth

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The beginnings of life on our planet aren't well known because we simply don't know the exact conditions that were present billions of years ago. However, experiments under lab conditions that try to simulate the early solar system could shed some light on how early life developed, and there are some researchers looking into prebiotic chemical reactions to see if we can narrow down the possibilities and rule out any pathways that are unlikely to have contributed to our present thriving ecosystem. These experiments could lead to a better understanding of what life is and how we might detect other kinds of life elsewhere in our solar system or galaxy.

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Posted on Techdirt - 27 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: No More Teaching To The Test?

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A Singaporean math test question went viral not too long ago, confusing some people and making others wonder how American kids should be taught math. Plenty of other countries perform better on international standardized tests than US kids do, but it doesn't always mean the US should adopt other countries' lesson plans and policies. However, there's always some political pressure to try to change things (not always for the better). Check out some links on Finland and how it has been working to improve its school system since the 1960s.

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Posted on Techdirt - 24 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Can't Trust Your Tastebuds

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Our senses can be fooled pretty easily. A blue dress can look like it's white. And if our eyes can be fooled so easily, our tastebuds don't really stand much of a chance. If someone tells you a bottle of wine is aged and expensive, it's not easy to disprove that assertion with a taste test. Here are just a few other ways to fool people's tastebuds.

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Posted on Techdirt - 23 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: The Drones Are Coming

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We've talked about all kinds of drones before and about the FAA restrictions on using the more toy-like versions outdoors. Sometimes people do stupid stuff with drones -- and it really doesn't help to create an environment where people can enjoy drones responsibly. However, people will always do stupid things, and we can't let the jerks ruin it for the rest of us.

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Posted on Techdirt - 22 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Is It Time To Change Your Passwords (Again)?

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Passwords are an everyday part of life now, but so are stories of millions of people having their login credentials stolen. It's easy to say that everyone should use better passwords, but how many people really want to remember to constantly change their passwords or get a 2-factor authentication call regularly just to check their emails? Sure, there are some systems that make it a bit easier to deal with 2-factor authentication, but the vast majority of users don't want to be bothered with the hassle at all. Here are just a few more security-related links to push you into re-thinking password laziness.

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Posted on Techdirt - 21 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: To Seek Out New Life And New Civilizations...

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The search for extraterrestrial life hasn't yielded much evidence that there's anyone else out there. We could be looking in the wrong places or not looking with the right instruments to detect faint signals -- or maybe we're actually alone. But as they say with the lottery, you can't win if you don't play, so we won't find any aliens if we don't continue looking. (Assuming that aliens aren't already on their way to come and get us.)

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Posted on Techdirt - 20 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: No More Urban Legends Of Waking Up In A Bathtub Without Your Kidneys...

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There are plenty of ethical issues with organ transplants and how to handle the undersupply of donors. Hopefully, medical science is getting advanced enough to grow organs and eliminate the shortage of organs for patients who need them. Here are just a few stories about organs in modern medicine.

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Posted on Techdirt - 17 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Water, Water, Not Quite Everywhere...

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California hasn't seen much rain over the past few years, and this drought is really serious now. Culprits of high water usage are popping up in various news stories: almond growers, farmers in general, swimming pools, golf courses, fracking, green lawns, car washes, wineries, etc, etc... Multiple billion-dollar infrastructure plans are underway to try to distribute water more efficiently or make more water available to major cities and key locations. However, the environmental impact studies for some of these huge water projects aren't complete -- and the requirements for them are being relaxed. Will Californians regret spending billions on some giant water tunnels?

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Posted on Techdirt - 16 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: College Tuition Is Expensive

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Paying for college has never exactly been easy, but it's been getting increasingly difficult over time. On top of that, it's getting more difficult to get into some of the more selective schools. CA Gov. Jerry Brown remarked that "normal" people can't get accepted to Berkeley anymore (hold the jokes on how normal the students at Berkeley have ever been, okay?). Proposals for free community college tuition (with fine print attached) might make higher education more accessible and certain colleges more socio-economically diverse, but what's going on with the costs of tuition?

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Posted on Techdirt - 15 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: More Nature-Inspired Materials

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Lots of cool materials have been inspired by biological materials -- like velcro and surfaces with lotus leaf-like structures. Nature has had a headstart of a few hundred million years to create some useful materials, so it's a great (and open) source of inspiration for new human-made materials that might further improve upon the stuff we already have. Here are just a few more examples of biomimicry that could be everywhere in the near future.

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Posted on Techdirt - 14 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Problems With Peer Reviewed Publications

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Peer review isn't exactly a sexy topic, but it's an essential part of academic publishing -- and it may need to change a bit to keep up with the times. Peer review is typically a thankless chore that is distributed among academics working in a network of related fields, and sometimes personal politics can enter into the process if the subject matter is obscure enough. Misconduct in peer review doesn't usually get the same kind of coverage as various journalistic scandals (eg. Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, etc), but the damages done can be even more significant to society.

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Posted on Techdirt - 13 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Will This Problem Ever Go Away?

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A common complaint for closed source software-as-a-service is that it can just go away almost any minute -- leaving users abandoned without any immediate backup solutions. There might be alternatives to switch to, but the alternatives are not exactly the same, and this is why people complained so much when [GeoCities, Google Reader, FormsCentral, etc.] shut down. Users get accustomed to certain features that may be unique. Some companies are better at handling service shutdowns than others, but in the end, it's still really annoying.

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Posted on Techdirt - 10 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: The Golden Arches Has Over A Billion Served... But The Rate Is Slowing

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It's difficult to keep a good thing going without changing and adapting to the times. McDonald's is a national icon -- and it basically represents America to certain parts of the world. There's even a Big Mac Index to gauge currency exchange rates and global purchasing-power parity. McDonald's business has had some challenges in the last year, and the brand is the default whipping boy for activists. If you're still lovin' it, though, maybe you can get your favorite McBreakfast any time of the day now.

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Posted on Techdirt - 9 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Life's Little Problems In Space

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Space travel isn't easy. It's risky and involves quite a bit of preparation if the trip is going to last more than a few minutes or hours. But if humanity is really going to commit to space exploration, there are a few problems to solve. Life support systems are obviously going to need to protect our fragile bodies from radiation and the vacuum of space. On top of that, we also need to counteract the negative effects of microgravity on our health. Some people are thinking about these problems, but it's likely that we won't have solutions until at least 2030.

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Posted on Techdirt - 8 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Peer Reviewed Publications Are Everywhere

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Peer reviewed publications have been under some additional scrutiny lately, as some of the practices of peer review aren't quite as honest and reliable as they once might have been. Fortunately, there are some solutions that create alternatives to the peer review process that involve opening up the content for more reviewers to study, question and verify results. Having reliable information more widely available to the public sounds like it can't go wrong, but it's not easy to build a reputation on a small database of preprints. However, as more and more significant results come from unlikely people, the process of peer review will need to adapt and account for unexpected authors.

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Posted on Techdirt - 7 April 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Alternatives To The Turing Test

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Artificial intelligence research has made quite a few advances, but the goalposts are always moving back. Not too long ago, people thought that games like chess and poker were far too difficult for software to play as well as humans. There are still a few games that computers can't quite play as well as humans, but that list is getting smaller all the time. Software with "general intelligence" is still a bit beyond our reach, but the Singularity could happen any moment now.

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