Tech + Health: Ensuring Product Safety With Machine Learning

“… it is not feasible to test for all 900 chemicals,” says the product inquiry reply. I don’t think that’s true, though. Besides, once you decide to find a way, you’ll probably find a way. Modern machine learning can make such large scale testing possible. In fact, that is a thing — Large Scale MachineContinue reading “Tech + Health: Ensuring Product Safety With Machine Learning”

Industry + Public Health: On California Proposition 65

I’m not amused at the irony anymore in seeing these stickers everywhere. Although I’m glad they are there to inform, there have to be higher standards for consumer goods. Let’s get real. Is it always aging causing cancer and other irregularities, or is it the known carcinogens in everyday products? What might be minuscule exposureContinue reading “Industry + Public Health: On California Proposition 65”

Eco + Tech: Flash Biodegradability Pt. 1 — Concept Adaptation & Development

The concept of Flash Biodegradability is directly inspired by the above achievement of James Tour and team at Rice University, making “flash graphene” out of trash, a carbon byproduct. Flash Biodegradability would ideally leave no tangible byproduct, such as trace elements or light — or create a useful byproduct such as water. Its successful realizationContinue reading “Eco + Tech: Flash Biodegradability Pt. 1 — Concept Adaptation & Development”

Tech + Materials: The Buzz On Graphene

Graphene is inorganic/human-assembled crystalline carbon, laid out flat in 2D sheet, with a hexagonal lattice configuration. This is copying nature: Bees use hexagonal packing for their honeycombs to maximize space. Carbon has many forms and uses since it’s one fundamental constituent of our material reality. Like other elements, it’s a type of atom, with aContinue reading “Tech + Materials: The Buzz On Graphene”

Learning From Nature: Using Digestive Processes For Waste Management

How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in, With gently smiling jaws! ~ The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll “How doth,” indeed. The crocodile has a powerful digestiveContinue reading “Learning From Nature: Using Digestive Processes For Waste Management”

What Is Liquid Crystal Display, A Journey

Let’s explore an everyday technology that is truly amazing, if not a bit mind bending. And that is LCD, or liquid crystal display, commonly used in phones, computers and televisions. The life of an LCD screen sometimes begins in the earth, as many industrial products do. Quartz, of which Silicon is a part, is oneContinue reading “What Is Liquid Crystal Display, A Journey”