I have to write an article by noon today on atom smashers. And tomorrow, I'm covering light propulsion, but I have a degree in American literature.
Thank goodness for www. howstuffworks.com.
HowStuffWorks is a collection of cool articles that explain everything under the sun. Actually, the feature about how the sun works is pretty cool, too. The site strives to make all the technology clear and understandable. Each article contains links to explanations of underlying technologies, information on related topics, and a biography of the author.
You know that cool yellow stripe that appears on the first-down line during televised football games? The site has a great article explaining the computer system that keeps it from tripping the players.
And there's a really interesting article on how car engines work, complete with moving diagrams of internal combustion. Cell phones, dieting, serial ports, fuses—It's all there! The next time you need an explanation, check it out.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.