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Inversion as a Problem Solving Technique

Any problem can be simply defined as some form of opposing forces. This can be a direct conflict between opposing movement of matter or energy. It can also be an opposition of intent to discover and obscurity. With simple conflict, there is almost always some point of view where the conflict disappears, even if the […]

Spray Printing Single Crystal Electronics

Atoms like to combine in lattice-like arrays that we call crystals. Atoms and molecules often combine with each other based on how their outer electron shell is filled. When there is a good match and conditions permit, a crystal “seed” can form and then add outer layers to it, growing a crystal. Often, many crystals […]

Building Space Habitats

While we may use the Moon and Mars as stepping stones in our migration into space, the real end target will be the asteroid belt. Once we have spent the resources needed to accomplish the steep climb out of a planetary gravity well, it makes sense to stay there. The asteroid belt suits this purpose. […]

1646 – Leibniz – bio

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1646 and became known primarily for his contributions to philosophy and mathematics but was also accomplished in many other fields. He created the modern binary number system that is used by computers and at the same time as Newton, invented calculus. He invented the mathematical sign […]

A Bootstrap Operation for Education

Bootstraps are loops at the top of boots that can be used to aid in pulling the boot over the foot. The popular but not logical phrase, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” led to the use of the term “bootstrap” to represent self starting processes. The most common usage in this way, refers to […]

Education Needed For Living in Space

We tend to take for granted that anybody can leave Earth and go into space and that is generally true. But it’s also true that most people who have actually done this are highly educated. The first astronauts were mostly highly trained military test pilots. This means they had college degrees, military officer training, and […]