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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 - 28 August 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Eating At Chipotle

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Some people really like eating at Chipotle. It's supposed to be healthy (although it really depends on what you order). The ingredients are often (but not always) from sustainable sources, and customers enjoy their meals. A few really fanatical eaters have devised some bizarre eating games with Chipotle food. Almost every fast food restaurant has a "secret menu" of some kind nowadays, but if you really like Chipotle, here are some extreme eaters who have documented their Chipotle purchases.

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

DailyDirt: Personal Mobility Hasn't Been Perfected Yet...

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There are more ways to get around than ever before. We have cars, buses, trains, planes, bikes, scooters, motorcycles, electric skateboards, electric unicycles, inline skates, roller shoes, and all kinds of wacky devices to move people along sidewalks and around cities. Each of these methods of transportation has its strengths and weaknesses, and it doesn't look like there's a one-size-fits-all solution on the horizon. If you're interested in rideables and other transportation innovations, check out a few of these links.

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

DailyDirt: Getting From Point A To B... Really Really Quickly

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Transportation has evolved from simply walking to riding to flying to sailing and orbiting and all kinds of modes of travel. We've grown accustomed to speeds of 100-600 mph or so, but it's possible to go a lot faster. A Concorde jet could go over 1,000 mph, but those planes aren't in service anymore. Traveling to space might not appeal to that many people, but getting from NYC to LA in an hour might. Check out a few concept vehicles that could accomplish supersonic (or hypersonic) travel.

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

DailyDirt: Flying Through Space With The Greatest Of Ease

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Space travel isn't exactly a routine thing just yet. In the 70s, some people thought we'd have shuttles going up to space on a regular schedule, but that didn't exactly happen. Rockets haven't gotten all that much cheaper or more reliable, but presumably they will someday if we continue to build them and improve upon them. Or maybe we'll figure out a completely different way to escape Earth's gravity with a space elevator or rail-gun system to launch vehicles at extremely high speeds. Check out a few of the links below if you think human space exploration isn't a complete waste of time.

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

DailyDirt: Customized (Super) Atomic Particles...

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Chemists haven't quite mastered manipulating atoms and molecules, but physicists are making some progress in making/discovering all kinds of new particles -- and not just sub-atomic scale particles. We've mentioned "super heavy hydrogen" before, but there are a few other unnatural bits of matter brewing in labs, too. Check out a few of them below.

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

DailyDirt: Healthier Rice... From Science

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Billions of people around the world eat rice. So if rice can be made to be more healthy, the benefits could be globally significant. Sure, there are plenty of folks trying to genetically engineer better rice (eg. Golden Rice), but if you don't like GMOs for whatever reason, you're not out of luck. There are a few things that might help improve rice without messing around with rice DNA.

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

DailyDirt: Beyond The Door, There's Peace I'm Sure...

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We've mentioned some interesting ways to rest in peace before -- turning your body into diamonds or sending your ashes into orbit. It may be a bit morbid, but some space fans really want to get off this planet even after they've died. If you want to leave this world (after death), you can get a ticket on more than one kind of spacecraft headed off beyond the Earth.

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

DailyDirt: Space, The Final Next Frontier...

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The space right above our planet's atmosphere is cluttered with human technology and space junk, and it's getting more crowded up there all the time. Sure, the vastness of the universe is practically infinite, but there are only a few Lagrange points, and artificial satellites have started to run into traffic problems -- including intentional satellite destruction that might not be quite innocuous. Wars over outer space might become a real thing in the not so distant future, if it's not happening already.

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

DailyDirt: Satellites Looking Down On Us

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It used to be only the people wearing tinfoil hats that were worried about satellites flying above us all the time. However, satellite technology is getting cheaper and easier to access, and more satellites are looking down at us than are looking at the stars. No one should be worried about a bunch of Helicarriers targeting everyone just yet, but we're making progress towards a sky filled with some pretty advanced technology.

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

DailyDirt: Molecular Electronics Isn't Quite Science Fiction

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There's going to be a point where Moore's law stops -- because the things we build can only get so small before quantum physics starts to really mess with how circuits behave. Still, researchers keep pushing technology to make smaller and smaller devices. Molecular electronics aren't practical just yet, but the development of nanoscale components isn't completely ridiculous. Here are just a few examples.

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

DailyDirt: Potent Potable Water

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Water that's safe to drink is a necessity for civilization that most Americans take for granted. When drought or natural disasters cut off safe drinking supplies, that's when we suddenly realize how precious potable water really is. Water is almost everywhere on our little planet, but it's not always safe to drink -- and the supplies of safe drinking water may be at risk of contamination from a variety of industrial processes. Here are just a few more links on our drinking water supplies.

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

DailyDirt: Life As We Know It...

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All the biology we study today is based on life that relies on DNA (and RNA) to propagate. The ability to control DNA sequences will have a profound effect on our environment and society. We can already create synthetic lifeforms, but are we responsible enough to play with biotechnological fire?

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

DailyDirt: Lasers, Not Attached To Shark Heads...

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The first laser was made in 1960, and since then, lasers have become increasingly useful -- by delivering information through fiber optic cables and in LASIK and other ablative cutting processes. What would we do without lasers? It's possible that lasers could solve all of our energy needs if inertial confinement fusion ever pans out. We're still discovering cool things to do with lasers, so check out a few of these links on coherent light sources.

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

DailyDirt: No More Secrets...

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The past year has been pretty rough for security -- with Heartbleed, Superfish, remotely hacked cars and all sorts of personal information getting into the wrong hands. Encryption and security are quickly becoming mainstream topics, as it's harder and harder to keep your head in the sand about technology risks. However, perfect security doesn't really exist, but I'm sure we'll have some folks demanding it soon.

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

DailyDirt: I Should've Changed That Stupid Lock, I Should've Made You Leave Your Key...

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Some people are astonishingly lucky, but it depends on your point of view whether that luck is good or bad. Surviving after falling out of a plane without a parachute has happened to a surprising number of people, but not all of them have fully recovered. Some folks win extraordinary jackpots from the lottery, and then file for bankruptcy shortly afterwards. Maybe it's easier to survive an asteroid field if you don't know the odds.

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

DailyDirt: Phlebotomy 2.0

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Getting a shot isn't the worst thing in the world, but it's not exactly enjoyable, either. Early phlebotomists used leeches to draw blood from patients, but doctors don't generally recommend that anymore -- and sterile hypodermic needles are far more commonly used. However, if you've ever had one of your veins pierced (sometimes multiple times due to human error), you may have wondered why needles can't be as painless as a mosquito bite. Well, maybe they can in the near future -- it might cost a little more, though.

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Posted on Techdirt - 6 August 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Rideables Aren't Quite Ready To 'Change Lives, Cities And Ways Of Thinking'

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Personal transportation comes in an ever-growing number of forms these days. Sure, we've had bikes and scooters and skateboards for a while, but now we can add motors (and the internet?) to anything with wheels. This progress could be revolutionary, but so far, no one has lived up to the Segway hype of changing how city planning is done.

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

DailyDirt: Lethal Machines

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Artificial intelligence is obviously pretty far from gaining sentience or even any kind of disturbingly smart general intelligence, but some of its advances are nonetheless pretty impressive (eg. beating human chess grandmasters, playing poker, driving cars, etc). Software controls more and more stuff that come in contact with people, so more people are starting to wonder when all of this smart technology might turn on us humans. It's not a completely idle line of thinking. Self-driving cars/trucks are legitimate safety hazards. Autonomous drones might prevent firefighters from doing their job. There are plenty of situations that are not entirely theoretical in which robots could potentially harm large numbers of people unintentionally (and possibly in a preventable fashion). Where should we draw the line? Asimov's 3 laws of robotics may be insufficient, so what kind of ethical coding should we adopt instead?

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

DailyDirt: Effective Charity FTW

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We've previously pointed out how some charities might need some changes to improve their reputation, public image and effectiveness. Some charities have been vilified for million-dollar CEO salaries or inefficient operations, but in the end, everyone wants to see more net good come from their donations than would have happened by doing nothing, right? Here are just a few examples of charitable organizations getting some good results -- even if their methods may still be debated.

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Posted on Techdirt - 3 August 2015 @ 5:00pm

DailyDirt: Shake It Off, Shake It Off...

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Our podcast with Kevin Smith is one of my personal favorites. It might seem obvious to some people that you can't look around for affirmation to keep you motivated, and that haters are always going to be around with words of discouragement. Critics will have some valid points, but nobody is perfect -- and you just need to keep trying things until it works (with the exception that if your catchphrase is 'hail Hydra' -- maybe you're going down the wrong path).

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