Page 9 - Technology Facts

This is LAGEOS I, a disco-ball-shaped satellite full of maps that is designed to fall to Earth in 8.4 Million years!

In the far future, millions of years from now, when every inch of the planet is covered in industry and sky scrapers, with all knowledge of the beauty of earth's past gone, we will have a solution.

LAGEOS I, a spherically shaped satellite orbiting earth that is predicted to come falling back down to earth 8.4 million years from now, will touch down with a small gift for whatever beings still exist.

The object, covered in retroreflectors which are designed to reflect lasers and send information to technicians and scientists on the ground, houses tons of data on the motion of earth's tectonic plates, gravitational field, "wobble" of earth on its axis, and the accurate lengths of days. Most importantly, it hosts maps of the Earth's geography from past times, now, and what they predict it will look like in the future. Though we aren't sure quite who is expected to ever discover that information, we can hope that it will prove to be a useful tool.

Though this satellite is certainly one of the most interesting man made objects to orbit earth, there has been other aspirators towards the title. Not long ago an astronaut went outside of the space station in her suit to repair a piece of their hi-tech equipment. Unfortunately, one of the tools in her tool bag malfunctioned, spooking the astronaut, who then released the bag and had to watch it float away in space. Unlike our LAGEOS I, who should be around for aliens to find, the tool kit reentered earth's atmosphere and was burnt to ash.


Intel has a guy whose job is to predict the future of computing! So how can you tell if he's doing a good job?

Weather reporters on the local news try to tell the future a day in advance. When they're wrong, which is all too often, they get hell for it. There is a guy at Intel who's job it is to predict what it will be like to live in 10 to 15 years. Once that time comes around, everyone will have forgotten your predictions to be mad at you!

Intel's Futurist helps the company anticipate where technology is headed in order to start building the future of processors and computing. Predicting the future of computing has been a large part of the company since its co-founder, Gordon Moore, predicted the number of transistors of an integrated circuit would double every couple years.

The Futurist position is likened to science fiction writers Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

Current Futurist, Brian Johnson, is working on Intel's CPU circa 2019. That is some serious forward thinking. Intel also has the Tomorrow Project that promotes public discussion on where the future of computing is headed and what its impact on society might be.

It's clear that to be successful in the technology industry, you can't live in the moment—instead, you've got to live far, far in the future.


Volkswagen made a car that had fuel efficiency of 235 miles per gallon!

Volkswagen is a car manufacturing company from Germany, famously producing the Volkswagen Beetle, or as you may know it, the Punch Buggy. Besides making cars that are destined to create a punching war among friends and family, Volkswagen has produced a car named the L1, or rather 'the 1-litre car'.

On a single tank of diesel fuel, the car is able to drive 100km, which is an incredibly fuel efficient turn around. Don't worry, the car is completely road safe and up to all the necessary qualifications the vehicle needs to drive on the road legally.

The reason the car can get so far on such little fuel, is through a combination of elements that make up the car. The car is made of lightweight materials, designed with a streamlined body, and with an engine and transmission designed and tuned for someone who's looking to drive cheap.


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A 15-year old was arrested for stealing virtual goods in the game Runescape

Runescape is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). In its medieval setting, players can hone their characters skills in things like mining, fishing and woodcutting. Now, also some real life thievery.

An unnamed minor in the Netherlands was convicted for stealing virtual items from another boy back in 2007. The perp allegedly held the victim at knife-point at his computer until he logged in and dropped his items.

The defense argued that the items could not be considered 'stolen' because they weren't tangible and had no economic value. However, the court said that the objects had an intrinsic value because of the time and energy invested.

Man, we've been playing a lot of Minecraft around the office, but I don't think I would threaten Gaby with a knife for a diamond sword, no matter how hard they are to get.


The increasing size of smartphones is having an effect on clothing companies. You can say it is hitting their pockets...

Is it a phone or is it a tablet? No, it is a phablet. The size of smartphones has been steadily increasing and Samsung, in particular, is going bigger and bigger with their ‘Galaxy’ range. Phablets are becoming more unwieldy and it is not only Samsung’s competitors who have to keep up!

Clothing companies had to rethink their designs as far as pocket sizes go. A pocket that could easily accommodate a smartphone three years ago is falling dismally short of being nearly the right size for a phablet. Smartphones have become so massive that clothing companies actually have to re-engineer their pants in order to accommodate these huge new handsets.

“We recently increased the size of our ‘coin pocket,’ which is the pocket-within-the-pocket on the wearer’s right, from 3×3 to 4×4 to accommodate today’s larger phones,” Dockers vice president of global design Doug Conklyn said.

Dockers also had to rework the concealed ‘mobile pocket’ on some of their Khaki pants so that the new super-size smartphones will be able to fit into them. But clothing companies will have to keep their eye on the smartphone size race. “They’re going to keep getting bigger, for sure,” Samsung VP Nick DiCarlo told



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