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Andromeda vs Milky Way - The Tale of the Tape

Sometimes, my brain comes up with weird questions. Examples include "how many dinosaurs would it take to create a single barrel worth of petroleum" or "how long could I live off of Frito corn chips?" I'm comforted that other peopl ...

None More Black?

We joke on Fw:Thinking that the future will be made out of carbon nanotubes. Based on the numerous qualities it can have it really does seem like a miracle material. One of those materials is that it can be more black than any other black thing we ca ...

How will the Internet of Things communicate?

We've talked about the Internet of Things a lot on Fw:Thinking (see one of our earliest episodes on it at the end of this post). It's the future in which all sorts of devices and sensors communicate with one another -- and with distant computers and ...

Smartphones and Scenic Routes

As someone who hates asking for directions, I was thrilled when GPS became a standard feature in smartphones. Normally, I enjoy finding the most efficient route between two points. "Ooh, this one has fewer traffic lights! But this one has a reve ...

Blind People Help Engineers Design Better Tactile Displays

I recently blogged about how The article explains that studies have found people learn to navigate and interact with tactile displays more quickly if they use both hands and multiple fingers when interacting with displays. Sighted people tend to use ...

How to Learn Braille Without Even Trying

As a graduate of the University of Georgia, it's very hard for me to admit when the folks at Georgia Tech do something amazing (which happens far too frequently). Anyone who doesn't understand what that means needs to look into This blows my mind. Th ...

Shining Light on Dark Matter

Mere moments after I wrote a blog post about how the Large Hadron Collider will be coming back online in 2015 to look for dark matter I saw According to our calculations, there should be way more matter in the universe than what we can currently obse ...

LHC Preps for Round Two

I'm fascinated by the Large Hadron Collider (I even wrote the Then, the switches were thrown and the buttons were pushed and LHC began to make awesome contributions to contemporary physics -- like the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. It was a p ...

Solar Cells, Quantum Dots and Energy Efficiency

This morning, I saw a Facebook post from Dan Bush, the guy who directs the Fw:Thinking videos (hi, Dan!). Dan It's a great idea -- it could bring the cost of installation down dramatically and bring solar power to a larger customer base. And the tech ...

The Future, Optimism and Solar Roadways

Here at Fw:Thinking, we take an optimistic view of the future. Humans have achieved some remarkable things in our relatively brief history. From designing basic machines to creating a worldwide information network, we've done pretty well. But being o ...