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Mountain State Forest Festival 2015

Autumn in West Virginia :)

This begins this weekend 79th Annual Mountain State Forest Festival Elkins MSFF Right now I am looking out my office window at some beautiful colors and wind turbines in the mountain range distance. If you can take a few minutes to detach from your electronic tethers and just stop to breathe and take in the air and environment outside, please…

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inside of DIY greenhouse

My DIY Greenhouse For Extending Our Growing Season

Today, we finished sealing up the greenhouse! Now we’ll be able to keep some plants growing during the winter and have a place to start seeds in early spring. So, you might be wondering what this has to do with technology.  Well, I’m going to tell you! This DIY project is only Phase 1 in a series of Phases.  The…

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ESO Milky Way 9 gigapixel

Want To See The Center of the Milky Way Galaxy in 9-gigapixel Resolution?

Update (10-25-2012): ESO has put the zoomable image back on their servers.  Here it is: ESO, the European Southern Observatory, has offered up a 9-gigapixel image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy.  The image features over 80 million stars and is the largest photo ever taken of the galaxy. Unfortunately, shortly after publishing the photo, ESO pulled it…

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E_ Coli

3,000 Americans Killed Annually Due to Sub-Par Food Inspections

You heard me right.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that contaminated food and food products kill 3,000 Americans per year, hospitalizes over 125,000, and sickens some 48 million.  I don’t mean per year in 1900 or even 1950.  This year.  Those are some staggering numbers.  And yet the FDA inspects only 6% of the domestic food supply,…

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Ever get the Feeling You Are Being Followed? Don’t worry, it is Just the Government.

Is your e-mail private?  What about your cell phone location data?  I don’t mean password protected or encrypted or anything of that nature.  I am talking about private and secure from the prying eyes of the government and law enforcement. If you answered YES, you might want to sit down.  A recent Arstechnica article highlights many of the concerns.  You…

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Computer Science History Series: Ada Lovelace

With the popularity of the last Computer Science History story about Alan Turing, we decided to take a closer look at another fascinating story.  Ada Augusta Byron (Ada Lovelace) was born on December 10, 1815.  I know what you’re thinking: “There’s no way that someone who was born in 1815 could possibly be an influence on computer science!”  Well, you’re…

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