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I found some good introductory lectures on C++, Java, Perl, Python and a full blown course on Symbolic Programming from UC Berkeley. Have fun! :) Introduction to Symbolic Programming (University of California Berkeley) Video Lecture on Symbolic ProgrammingTopics covered are the following:Exploration: introduction to the course and to programming.Procedures and functions: evaluation, words and lists, functional programming.Variables: data types, inputs to procedures and functions, scope of variables, assignment.Predicates: conditional evaluation.Recursion (several models): linear- and tree-recursive operations.Planning and debugging.Functional operators.Other control structures, e.g. iteration, non-local exit.Other data structures, e.g. trees, hash tables, property lists, files.Programs as data.C++ for Particle Physicists More information about these 13 lectures can be found here: C++ Programming Tutorial Dr.
Nanologue. 10-2 (2004): Bridging the Gaps: Science Fiction in Nanotechnology. José López* Abstract: This paper argues that narrative elements from the science fiction (SF) literary genre are used in the discourse of Nanoscience and Technology (NST) to bridge the gap between what is technically possible today and its inflated promises for the future.
The argument is illustrated through a detailed discussion of two NST texts. The paper concludes by arguing that the use of SF narrative techniques poses serious problems to the development of a critical analysis of the ethical and social implications of NST. Keywords: nanoscience and technology, ethical and social implications, science fiction, extrapolation. 1. In 1997, Francis Collins, the spokesperson for the US Human Genome Project (HGP), claimed that, "the project’s Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) program [was] unique among technology programs in its mandate to consider and deal with these issues alongside the development of the technology" (cited in McCain 2003, p. 112). 2. 3. Nanotechnology. MicroAngela's Electron Microscope Image Gallery. SCIENCE HOBBYIST: Do This Now.
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This one's from Jim Burrows Get a medium-small rubberband and a paperclip. Put the rubberband around your palm and the back of your hand. Thread the paperclip onto the band, then hold the paperclip between thumb and forefinger. If you let it go, the paperclip should instantly snap back, vanishing from sight. OK, now hold the paperclip again, draw attention to yourself. LORD OF THE GNATS On NPR "Livng on Earth", an entemologist mentioned that swarms of gnats will move towards anything that emits the low humming sound of female gnat wings. LORD OF THE ANTS A stream of ants invaded my workbench. TWO-LAYER COLA Diet drinks will float on full-sugar drinks, but only if you add a layer of crushed ice to disrupt the flow from the spigot.
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Its metal skin has been removed to reveal a cubical frame about 5 feet on each side, packed with tanks, valves, and electronics. Conspicuously taped to the outside of the frame is a Nokia cellphone. "That's our mascot," Pollica says. "We want to shrink this," he says, opening his arms as if to embrace the entire assembly, "to this," and he brings them together and points toward the tiny phone. Pollica's boss, Nuvera Chief Operating Officer Jeff Bentley, a 25-year veteran of the difficult effort to create cost-effective fuel cells that are relatively small, is a bit more cautious. "We're optimists," Pollica shoots back with a confident smile. They better be. Nothing happened.
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