Posted by: Snake Oil Baron | February 3, 2011

A Few Things That Have Interested Me

Solar power may be suffering from the love of government but it actually has some uses, especially for off-grid environments like remote military bases. When all electric power is produced on site and fuel for generators requires convoys that can be attacked by the enemy, solar power can be very helpful. What I would like to know is why they don’t colour in the spaces between the cells dark and give the edges of the panels an irregular shape so that they resemble dark outcrops of rocks and thus add to, rather than detracting from, the camouflage of the system. In fact, one of the comments mentions making them bullet proof which would make them an awesome tent armor which could protect, conceal and provide power to the people dwelling within.

A system which combines humans, computers and trained dogs can allow humans to give commands remotely to dogs while seeing what they are viewing. Imagine steering a dog to a location, viewing and evaluating what is there and maybe dropping a sensor, a sentinel bot or something to maintain contact while the dog is extracted. Further miniaturize the hardware and you might be able to camouflage it to make the unit look like an ordinary stray dog.

While they continue to learn new things about how the brain works, there seem to be new avenues of exploration. It seems as if the electrical and maybe even the magnetic fields produced by brain cells may interact with other brain cells which are not directly linked via synaptic connections. While these fields use to be viewed as a byproduct of brain cell activity, they are now being viewed as potential means of information processing. By changing the probability of nearby neurons firing in sync with with a given neuron, these fields can effect how cells become wired together in the first place. Or so I assume as I peruse this article.

Well, that is it for now. I will muse about other things in the fullness of time.

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