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Book Review: Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell by Dennis Bray
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9/30/2010   4 comments
How does a single-cell creature, such as an amoeba, lead such a sophisticated life? How does it hunt living prey, respond to lights, sounds, and smells, and display complex sequences of movements without the benefit of a nervous system?
Book Review, In Search of Time, Dan Falk
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9/30/2010   8 comments
In his book In Search of Time, the author Dan Falk walks through the theories of time, from our earliest ancestors' perception of time to the development of various calendars to today's world of atomic clocks.
Book Review: Reinventing Gravity by John Moffat
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9/30/2010   5 comments
Reinventing Gravity is a wonderful book. The author, respected Physicist John Moffat, doesn’t assume that the reader has any form of expert knowledge. Instead, he starts by walking us step-by-step through the various theories of gravity, from Aristotle to the present day...
Book Review: The Symbiotic Universe by George Greenstein
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9/17/2010   6 comments
Our existence depends on a network of highly unlikely circumstances. And when I say "our existence" I mean any form of life anywhere in the universe. For example...
Book review: The Creature from Jekyll Island
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9/16/2010   18 comments
The title of this book by G. Edward Griffin might cause you to think of a horror story along the lines of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." However horrible it is, "The Creature from Jekyll Island is not fiction..
Book Review: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
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9/2/2010   11 comments
This little scamp is jam-packed with interesting nuggets of knowledge and tidbits of trivia about the periodic table and the elements it represents – it's way more interesting than I would ever have imagined.


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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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