Posts Tagged 'Michigan'

A Server That Booted In 1993 Is Still Running

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According to Computerworld –

In 1993, President Bill Clinton was in the first year of his presidency, Windows NT 3.1 and Jurassic Park were both released, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed, and Phil Hogan, an IT application architect, booted up a brand-new Stratus Technologies fault tolerant server. A lot has changed in 24 years, but one thing hasn’t: The Stratus server is still in operation and Hogan — who works at steel products maker Great Lakes Works EGL in Dearborn Mich. — continues to keep it that way.

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Man Lives 18 Months Without A Heart

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According to ScienceAlert –

A 25-year-old has just received a full heart transplant… but not before surviving for more than a year without a human heart inside his body. Instead, Stan Larkin wore an ‘artificial heart’ in a backpack 24/7 for 555 days, which pumped blood around his body and kept him alive. The success of the procedure suggests that the device could be used to sustain other patients with total heart failure while they’re waiting for a donor.

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Guide To Tap Water’s Weird Flavors

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According to LiveScience –

Tap water comes in many flavors. In fact, it can be so specific to each locality that some people consider it the secret ingredient in New York bagels and pizza. But unpalatable drinking water can prompt people to scramble for filters, trying to rid their water of the flavor of pennies, dirt or bleach. Moreover, people may worry that funny-tasting tap water may carry dangerous substances or pathogens.

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World’s Smallest Computer – Michigan Micro Mote

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Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the world’s smallest computer, is taking its place among other revolutionary accomplishments in the history of computing at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Measuring in at less than a half a centimeter, it didn’t take a truck to transport the computers from their home in Ann Arbor, MI. In fact, nearly 150 of these computers fit inside a single thimble. The M3 is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system. It is the achievement of Michigan faculty members David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, David Wentzloff, Prabal Dutta and several key graduate students over the years, some of whom have already founded companies to exploit key aspects of the technology. These devices are helping usher in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), where people are connected to things and other people through the cloud.

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Blog Documents Detroit’s Decline With Google Street View

detroit-sGooBing Detroit uses Google’s new feature that displays the history of past Street View images, where available. Properties show incredible decline in just a few years. Sadly, a similar blog could be done for many large, and not so large, cities.

Check out GooBing Detroit HERE.

 

M-185 – The Only US Highway That Does Not Allow Motor Vehicles

From wikipedia –

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), M-185 is “the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned”. These restrictions on automobiles date back to the 1890s, and since the ban, only a few vehicles have been permitted on the island other than the city’s emergency vehicles. M-185 is a state trunkline highway in the U.S. state of Michigan that circles Mackinac Island, a popular tourist destination on the Lake Huron side of the Straits of Mackinac, along the island’s shoreline. A narrow paved road of 8.004 miles (12.881 km), it offers scenic views of the straits that divide the Upper and the Lower peninsulas of Michigan and Lakes Huron and Michigan. It has no connection to any other Michigan state trunkline highways—as it is on an island—and is accessible only by passenger ferry.

The M-185 wikipedia page HERE

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America’s Newest Tool To Fight Terrorism – Snow Cone Machines – Seriously!

Gawker reports –

The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, which manages homeland security operations, um, along the western Michigan shoreline, recently gave snow cone machines costing $11,700 to 13 counties under its jurisdiction. I bet you are wondering why! Well, according to a memo the machines (which some officials would rather you call “ice shaving machines”) can make ice to treat injuries—but they also make icy treats, to treat people who either have or should have questions about homeland security. In other words, this is not a waste of money, so please stop it right now with your raised eyebrows, and your sarcastic commentary.

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