Feedback and Notes

Latest Activity

We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

Genius and Technology


Genius and Technology

Human ingenuity:

Appliances, machines, gadgets, apps, widgets and gizmos. They shape our lives and most of us couldn't survive without them.

Location: #science
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Oct 6

A Computer Chip


Loading… Loading feed

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Genius and Technology to add comments!

Comment by Chris on October 26, 2013 at 9:13pm

Does windows still call the internal hard drive the C drive? Or can you actually name it as you have been able to do with Macs?

Comment by Chris on October 26, 2013 at 9:03pm

ver Considered Biking Across the Bay to Work? Check Out this Water ...

One Bay Area commuter is urging cities around San Francisco to invest in alternative commute methods, such as his water bike.

Comment by Davy on October 20, 2013 at 2:27pm

Just like the old thermionic valve radios  had an "A" and "B" batteries in them. This nomenclature carried over to transistors which made it hard to understand how a transistor work. But that was all cleared up when I did the electronic phase of my Aircraft Electrician course!

Comment by Doone on October 20, 2013 at 1:43pm

This Question Will Make You Feel Old

Today in feeling old, through Twitter I came across this question on SuperUser, a Q-and-A site "for computer enthusiasts and power users." Ready?

In Windows you have a C: drive. Everything labeled beyond that is with the following letter.
So your second drive is D:, your DVD is E: and if you put in a USB stick it becomes F: and the following drive G:. And so on and so forth.
But then, what and where are A: and B:?

The answer of course is that these are for your floppy disks! Perhaps A: would be for 5.25 inch disks and B: would be for 3.5 inch disks. Or then later you'd have a setup with one or two 3.5 inch drives and a C: drive for your hard disk. That's how computing worked in the 1980s and 1990s before optical disks started making the A: and B: slots obsolete.

Comment by Doone on August 18, 2013 at 6:11pm
Comment by Doone on August 17, 2013 at 6:54pm

Hey, i am not living in the future of the books i read as a kid

Behold the Future of the 50s

Behold the Future of the 50s
Comment by Chris on August 3, 2013 at 10:01pm

Might not survive moth infestation.

Comment by Doone on August 3, 2013 at 8:29pm

That is an interesting idea, Chris.  

Comment by Chris on August 3, 2013 at 7:51pm

Bioluminescent trees will replace streetlights?

Most people know about light emitting organisms such as jellyfishes, fireflies and mushrooms. Some time ago, genetic engineers transferred genes responsible for the luciferin and luciferase proteins into a tobacco plant. These firefly proteins were then manufactured by the tobacco plant, causing it to glow and emit light.

What if this technology could be extended further to say, a maple tree or a juniper bush? Designer Audrey Richard-Laurent speculates on combining trees and streetlights into bioluminescent trees. In urban areas, one usually sees a row of trees parallel to streetlights. Why not hybridize them?
An elegant, yet far fetched idea? Don’t be to sure. Already in 2007 Edward A Quinto of the International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence produced a glowing christmas tree.

Bioluminescence works to replicate processes for creating light found in chemical reactions in the natural world–such as with certain jellyfish or bacteria–for human purposes. Chemiluminescence refers to the emission of light with limited emission of heat as a result of chemical reaction. Many researchers feel that both of these processes have the potential to produce sustainable, non-petroleum-based light sources.

Other potential applications might be glow in the dark designer pets, agricultural crops and domestic plants that luminesce when they need watering, new methods for detecting bacterial contamination of meats and other foods and glowing grass on golf yards that allow you to play golf after dark.

Comment by Doone on August 2, 2013 at 9:06am

© 2017   Created by Atheist Universe.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service