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New York Times has released a type of schematic for an argon powered rocket. NASA has developed this new rocket so we can travel to distant planets faster by providing a constant thrust. Argon is accelerated with magnetism and produced into plasma, and even though one argon atom is extremely small, one atom produces one pound of thrust. For reference, 6 gallons will yield about 6*10^23 atoms (600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms) which is a lot of energy put into a small space, and that is only at normal atmospheric pressure.

Any one interested in space exploration will be interested in this new rocket. I personally believe that new technological advancements like theses will help put humans on another planet. USA might be the first to walk on the moon, lets hope they are the first to walk on Mars as well.



As you read today, were any questions that you had answered by what you read?

Ever since the first rocket, it has always seemed to be the same solid rocket fuel used with the same technology. I have been expecting a new type of propulsion to be invented for a while now because of how inefficient the solid rocket fuel seems to be. The new argon powered rocket relieves me to know that new propulsion mechanisms are coming out. I cant wait to see it in action



Saito Yutaka made a very interesting computer processor; a functional paper processor. A simple 2-bit processor wont execute Photoshop, YouTube, or even Microsoft Word, but it will teach you how processors work.

These instructions will teach you how to use the paper processor, although may require a little bit of background knowledge to understand completely (I will have to do more research to understand more). Many electrical engineers will be interested in this article and probably take it as a funny tutorial for beginners considering the informal instructions.


Did you come across a problem in your reading that you had no considered before? what was the problem? Could you solve it? How?

I came across the problem of not completely understanding the article. Even though it was extremely interesting to me and encourages me to try out this demo of how a processor works, I will need to do a little bit more of research to comprehend what exactly is going on.

At least that’s what Intel claims.

Jeremy A. Kaplan, a foxnews writer, writes about the recent exploit towards HD content in “HDTV Code Crack Is Real, Intel Confirms”. Kaplan interviews Intel about this new exploit and the possible effects on retail of HD content. Intel confirmed that the master key for decrypting HD content has been released, but hackers still wont be able to pirate HD shows or movies.

As being highly interested in hacking, the article brought my hopes up of being able to watch blue-ray movies without the $50 price tag, although the content of the story destroyed that idea. Many other hackers shall be interested in this article and most likely find this informative story as a milestone in hacking HDCP protected materials.

Intel explains how ever though hackers have the master key, they will not be able to pirate HD content because they would need to design a silicone chip to incorporate the exploit. The serious tone that Intel has is enough proof to believe they know what they are talking about, although few hackers will still be determined to exploit HDCP further.


As you read today, were any questions that you had answered by what you read? List the questions that you had and the answers that you came up with from the reading. Are you satisfied with what you learned, with these answers? Why or why not?

I wanted to know if it was possible to copy blue-ray disks that my friends had so I can watch them at home, but the article proved that it is not possible to do so. I’m not very satisfied to learn this, but I know in time that it will be possible to do so.