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international thermonuclear experimental reactor (iter)

from energy posted in technology by pete_nice

Located in southeastern France, the ITER is the first large-scale attempt at nuclear fusion. To make a comparison, fusion is the combination of atoms (like what the sun does), instead of splitting an atom (which is nuclear fission).

With seven member entities contributing to the ambitious megaproject- including the European Union, India, Japan, People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and the United States- the project is scheduled to go online in 2019 with a price tag of around $50 billion U.S.

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twin cities assembly plant

from ford motor co, ford ranger posted in technology by pete_nice

The Twin Cities Assembly Plant, aka the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, aka the Ford Plant, existed on this site from 1925 to 2011, making it the oldest Ford plant in operation when it closed on December 16, 2011.

The Ford Co. was drawn to the location early on by the promise of cheap hydroelectric power from the Mississippi River. From the mid 1920s to the 1950s, the company made glass from silica mined from sandstone on site.

Ford manufactured the following vehicles at the location: Ford Model T, Model TT truck, Sportsman convertible, Galaxie, LTD, Mazda B-Series, and many, many Ford Ranger pickups.

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jonas salk hall

from polio vaccine posted in technology by pete_nice

Jonas Salk Hall is located on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Constructed in 1941 in the Art Deco style, the building was previously owned by the city of Pittsburgh, and was called the Pittsburgh Municipal Hospital for Contagious Diseases.

In an obvious move of selfishness, the hospital was built by President Roosevelt's Public Works Administration (remember, that guy in the wheelchair who had polio).

In a move that would make an Ayn Rand acolyte's head spin, the research department at this facility was funded by that same selfish Roosevelt's private foundation- the National Foundation on Infantile Paralysis (later named the March of Dimes).

In 1948, enter Jonas Salk, skilled and dedicated research scientist. He put together a team and a laboratory in the basement of this address and got to work. Seven years later, polio is gone. Gone! Seven years!

When asked who owned the patent to the vaccine, Salk replied "There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" The estimated value, had the vaccine been patented, was roughly $7 billion.

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brain telecommunication ltd.

from hackers, computer viruses posted in technology by pete_nice

In 1986, brothers Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi created the Brain virus, considered to be the first virus for MS-DOS.

Based out of Lahore, Pakistan, the brothers were trying to protect their medical software from piracy. Users would receive the message:

"Welcome to the Dungeon © 1986 Brain & Amjads (pvt). BRAIN COMPUTER SERVICES 730 NIZAM BLOCK ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN LAHORE-PAKISTAN PHONE: 430791,443248,280530. Beware of this VIRUS.... Contact us for vaccination..."

Today, the brothers have a company named Brain Telecommunications Ltd and provide a variety of computer-related services.

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philo farnsworth’s laboratory

from television posted in technology by pete_nice

Philo Fransworth, the inventor of the all-electronic television, first demonstrated television at his laboratory at this address in 1927.

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