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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 - 2 July 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Bring Out Your Dead...

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Disposing of dead bodies is usually not a funny topic for anyone -- except for maybe Monty Python. But until we figure out how to cheat death, we're going to need to deal with corpses. Burying the dead six feet under might not be practical in some places, and not everyone is keen on cremation. Here are just a few other options.

Hopefully, you won't need to actually employ any of these options any time soon.

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

DailyDirt: Playing Super Mario By Rote... Is Fun?

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Video games that are entertaining need to be simple enough for people to understand, but at the same time, hard enough to be a little challenging and not too easy to beat. Games like Flappy Bird demonstrate this sweet spot for gameplay, and some classic games like Super Mario are still widely enjoyed even decades after their initial releases. Computers can play games like these, too, but they can't enjoy them like we do. Check out a few of these links on creative ways to continue playing Super Mario.

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

DailyDirt: It's Not So Simple To Get To Mars...

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The shortest distance between the Earth and Mars varies depending on where the two planets are in their respective orbits. In July 2018, Mars will be a little under 36 million miles away (pretty close to the closest possible distance of 33.9 million miles). However, it's not quite as simple as shooting a big rocket aimed in the right direction. If astronauts are going to survive the trip (and the return?), no one has the technology to do that yet. Manned space exploration sounds like a noble venture, but funding it seems to be a big problem.

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

DailyDirt: Bite Me. No, Wait, Don't...

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There are thousands of species of mosquitoes. Killing them all might not be advisable, but controlling how they interact with us would be good -- so that we can prevent various mosquito-borne diseases. If you hate mosquito bites, check out a few of these links to learn more about your tiny tiny nemeses.

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Posted on Techdirt - 26 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Colorful Burgers Because Why Not?

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Summer is here, and maybe you've already fired up the grill and cooked some burgers in the backyard. But why settle for plain old regular burgers when you could cook your own kinda disgusting-looking ones that are novelties in Asia? (You might need a little squid ink and bamboo charcoal.) Or you could visit Japan and just buy a strangely colored burger from Burger King or McDonald's. Too bad Heinz doesn't make goofy-colored ketchup anymore.

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Posted on Techdirt - 25 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Who Needs Dinosaurs Anyway?

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Jurassic World raked in over a billion bucks in less than 2 weeks by digitally re-creating some enormous (and sometimes fictional) dinosaurs. A few folks are actually working on re-animating prehistoric animals and other ancient organisms, but do we really need to bring these species back? Perhaps we should work on preventing an artificially-created extinction event of our own before we try to reverse the effects of the last one?

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

DailyDirt: Better Bikes

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We've pointed out flying bikes and chainless bikes before, and there seems to be no end to the creativity of bike mechanics. Maybe no one ever forgets how to ride a bike, but bike technology seems to be getting a bit more complex than just balancing on two wheels. We don't quite have Star Wars speeder bikes yet, but perhaps we will soon.

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

DailyDirt: Back To The Future... In 2015

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The movie Back To The Future II takes place in 2015... so now that we've already arrived in 'the future' -- how have we done? We don't have flying cars (DeLorean-styled or otherwise) unless you count one-off hobbyist replicas that just kinda hover a bit. We could be on the cusp of getting hoverboards that actually work (but not on water, nor on any other surfaces besides a non-ferrous metal). Fax machines are still around, but not quite as popular as Back To The Future might make them look. If you liked this classic 80s movie, check out a few of these links.

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

DailyDirt: Some Of Magneto's Superpowers Found In Ants And Worms...

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The ability to sense magnetic fields and control electromagnetic radiation sounds like science fiction, but there are some animals in nature that already have limited magnetosensation. Okay, frogs can't levitate by themselves spontaneously, but it's still pretty cool that migratory animals seem to be able to find their way over vast distances. Check out a few of these links on animals interacting with electromagnetic waves.

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Posted on Techdirt - 19 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Chickens Of The Sea..?

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Americans eat about 4.5 billion pounds of seafood annually -- placing third behind China and Japan. The US ranks 15th in farmed seafood production, and America exports about a billion pounds of caught fish every year. The oceans might seem like an endless supply of fish, but we're actually starting to over-fish several species. Here are a few suggestions for what seafood to order and some technological alternatives to traditional fishing.

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Posted on Techdirt - 18 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Mysterious Transmissions From Unknown Origins

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The infamous Wow signal that might have been an extraterrestrial message from aliens from 1977... still hasn't been completely explained. There are actually many mysterious and invisible messages flying around everywhere. Some people have tracked down the origins of a few of these signals, and the answers are probably not as exciting or dramatic as some might have hoped for. Maybe we just haven't been listening long enough....

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

DailyDirt: Building Better Wind Turbines

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We've mentioned some wind power projects before, but wind is still a relatively small contributor to total energy production in the US. Sure, there are some problems with not having wind available 24/7 -- as well as people complaining about bird deaths and a ruined view. Still, there are some solutions to some of these problems, and it might be nice to generate more electricity without burning fossil fuels.

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

DailyDirt: Riding Through Space On A Beam Of Light

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If you're looking forward to watching The Martian movie, you probably enjoy watching rockets blast off into space and seeing big explosions. However, really long distance space travel could be much less entertaining without rockets unless you like looking at the glow of an ion thruster. Spacecraft using the momentum of light won't even glow, but they could be part of more and more space ships. Check out a few of these projects.

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

DailyDirt: Passwords Suck, But What's Better?

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Every service wants you to create a username and password... and it all begins to pile up after a while. Users try to make things easier for themselves by re-using passwords, but you're really not supposed to do that. What are you supposed to do? Well, password management software exists, but only the truly paranoid folks spend the time to figure out which one of those is the one that works best for particular use cases and then actually set it up. (And then shit happens anyway.) Some companies are trying to figure out other solutions -- here are a few of them.

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Posted on Techdirt - 12 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: It's The Yeast I Can Do...

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Genetically engineered organisms already produce some highly valuable products for us. Insulin used to be harvested from the pancreases of pigs, but now stockpiles of human insulin can be made using a fermentation process with bio-engineered bacteria. Various kinds of yeast can produce different kinds of breads and beers, but if we can modify these tiny organisms at will, yeast could produce an incredibly wide variety of products. Just check out these links on the versatility of yeast.

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Posted on Techdirt - 11 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Space-Based Telecommunications

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The idea of space-based telecommunications seemed so promising in the 1980s, but the delivered services didn't quite live up to the dream of ubiquitous global communications. Al Franken's one-man satellite reporting didn't really address the latency issues associated with geosynchronous satellite orbits, but the future of satellite communications was still a bad joke. Perhaps after a few decades, we're ready for another try?

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

DailyDirt: Keep Your Head On...

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Some surgeries that were really risky just a couple decades ago are nearly routine now -- though the risk of death and/or complications is always going to exist. However, the idea of a head transplant is more than a little "out there" when it comes to extreme medical procedures. There are some people working on transplanting heads (or switching bodies, depending on your point of view), but early adopters aren't expected to get any life extension benefits just yet.

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

DailyDirt: Boiling Water More Efficiently

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Boiling water might sound like a common and easy thing to do, but precisely because it's such a ubiquitous activity, if we can make it more efficient, we can save a sizable amount of energy. Maybe you've tried not watching a kettle to see if it boils faster, but far more serious efforts are making progress on more efficient boiling. Cookware isn't the only application that could benefit from more efficient thermal transfer. Check out these examples of making hot water using less energy.

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

DailyDirt: That Lucy In The Sky... Is A Diamond

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Diamonds are usually considered expensive rare gems, but they're also just an allotrope of carbon that could be a useful semiconductor material someday. Giant diamonds floating in space could be relatively common, but there's no practical way to go space mining for them. Diamonds aren't easy to make, but some folks are getting better at it.

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Posted on Techdirt - 5 June 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Tiny Robot Surgeons

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Minimally invasive surgery requires surgical tools that are pretty small, obviously. As technology allows robots to get smaller and smaller, it's increasingly possible for tiny robots to perform complex medical procedures -- improving recovery times and avoiding unnecessary tissue damage. Check out a few of these robot projects that could make going under the knife a little less unpleasant.

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