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Your Warehouse in the Sky-Amazon’s New Airship Fulfillment Center

Your next online order may drop from a warehouse in the sky.

No, really!

Just look up. You see that airship? No, it is not the Goodyear blimp. It’s Amazon’s flying warehouse or airborne fulfillment center (AFC). It’s dropping off your package from that drone you see coming your way. After completing your delivery the drone will catch the next nearby shuttle to take it back to the blimp.

The … Read the rest

The Bootstrap Advantage: Why Start Ups are Nixing the VC World

When Giacomo Vacca, Ph.D., began his startup, Kinetic River, a Silicon-Valley based firm that specializes in life science and biomedical instrumentation in 2010, he knew in order to thrive and grow in the direction he had in mind he needed to have full control.
He used his own money to create his startup, otherwise known in the industry as bootstrapping. He didn’t want a board of directors he didn’t … Read the rest

Advantages of ERP Software for Retail

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are software programs that integrate data and retail business processes into a unified Information System (IS).

Before the development of ERP software for the retail, the retail industry was consigned to manage all inventory data separately. It’s like going back to accounting using an adding machine.

Fortunately, today there are efficient software programs that tie all the logistics of most industries together into one comprehensive … Read the rest

“Eye in the Sky” –Protecting the Wildlife in Africa with 21st Century Technology

Gun shots rang out around 6 pm in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Knowing it came from poachers, the park rangers tried to follow the sound, but in an area about 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 sq. mi) and extends 360 kilometers (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometers (40 mi) from east to west, tracking was difficult. The Rangers thought they had located the sound, but after … Read the rest

The Woman Card . . .

Guest post by Nanci Lee Woody, Author of Tears and Trombones

If Hillary, as Trump accuses, is using the Woman Card, then I wonder what cards other presidential candidates have used. Oh, yes. There’s the Race Card. I’ve heard that one mentioned. And the War Hero Card. The Family Dynasty Card. The Religious Card. And lately, there’s the Billionaire Card. With that one, you can make your own rules, buy … Read the rest

How to Avoid Unintentional Plagiarism

As a freelance writer, I use the web constantly to find new information, research topics I don’t know and find people to interview. The Internet has made my job a lot easier as the world is at my fingertips. However, as wonderful as it is to be able to instantly have the world of information so easy to access, it has also made unintended plagiarism easy. There are just too … Read the rest

Writing About Technology: A Reporter’s View

Writing about technology is not “technical writing.” Also, it’s not like writing a novel. When we think or imagine technology, we often think of computers. For some, it is all about code or using the Web for shopping. The idea and application of technology are in our everyday life. From driving our cars to shopping in the super market.

Little could I have ever known in 1991 that in 1994 … Read the rest

When Science Puts a Baby in the White House, “Citizen Cruz” Will be Old News

Guest post by Janet Asteroff, PhD

Donald Trump dragged Senator Ted Cruz into what is now (at least) the sixth “birther controversy” in history of presidential elections since the Civil War. Cruz, the son of a Cuban father and American mother, was born in Calgary, Canada in 1970. Various legal opinions pronounce him a “natural born citizen,” and therefore eligible to be President.

Cruz is in the company at least … Read the rest

Attending the San Francisco Super Bowl Celebrations? Have the Terrorists Won?


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I don’t have tickets to the Super Bowl game but I live in Silicon Valley and have the opportunity to participate in public Super Bowl celebrations.

Therein lies the dilemma: Whether to join the throngs of people in the middle of San Francisco for pregame festivities.

I mention this dilemma because of all the security issues that abound here, it is a major target.  I’m a little closer to the … Read the rest

It Was Serendipity, Don’tcha Know How to Turn the Unexpected into a Creative Discovery

There was no other way to explain it, but that the results of Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of the X-ray was simply serendipity. But how to explain serendipity? Is it happenstance? A brilliant, unexpected discovery?

The word, serendipity, was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. Walpole wrote to a friend that he had made an unexpected discovery and referenced it to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. In … Read the rest