Sunday, March 28, 2010

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) With the Chevy Volt about to make its début toward the end of the year I thought a good review page might be in order. Why has it taken so long for us to get here, I suppose that is a question better answered another time? But, I am sure glad to see progress along these lines, it will be very interesting to see how it is accepted. With a MPG sticker on the window saying 235 MPG in the city I cannot imagine it will not make some interesting waves. I have a cousin who lives in Central America he tells me that cars offering up to 85 miles per gallon are common there, but unavailable in the U.S., I thought we were supposed to be leading. Anyway, a good read here.
2) Really not sure what this means, or how much validity to put into the concept. I think I may need to research it a little further; I just found it today and thought it belonged here. As happens so often I was caught by the headline, “Most Meteorites Contain Fossilized Bone”, the initial article was very short and uninformative so of course I googled. I was thinking it was just a terminology thing referring to fossils of planets, I was surprised to find they were talking about mammal bones in meteorites from Mars. This link is much more substantial in scope, and worth checking out.
3) You know how much I like Google, and to a lesser degree Bing, I usually use the page that searches both at the same time. When I saw this I was quite surprised, this article is about searching the invisible web. That invisible web thing also got me, seems when we use Google or Bing we are searching the “Open Web”. The numbers are truly staggering, the open web contains about 167 terabytes of information, the “Invisible Web” also known as “Deep Web” or “Deep Net” contains 91,000 terabytes. This site offers info on ten search engines that search that whole data base, along with some interesting information on the subject.
4) This is an article about a NASA project to put avatars on the moon; it looks like an interesting idea. The whole idea of using an avatar robot for space exploration seems plausible to me, after all it is about the same thing they did on Mars, just a little fancier, and much cooler. The time lag between here and the moon might make it a much easier project, and still offer a path to necessary advancements for more ambitious adventures in the future.
5) Last up for geek is one I saw about Fire Fox, it is most likely not news to this group as it is four days old already, but just in case you missed it, you might want to check it out, especially if you use Fire Fox.

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