Tuesday Morning – Horrible, Simply Horrible
This young week has been a terrible one so far for the emergency crews in the Southwest. On Saturday a young, just-married, firefighter in Phoenix lost his life in a freak accident on the fireground, just a few hours after a city police officer was also killed in the line of duty.
Then comes yesterday's tragic death of a Dallas firefighter, and experienced man with more than 20 years on the job, who was caught in the collapse of a burning apartment building. Still more tragedy landed on the region when that monster tornado swept through Oklahoma yesterday afternoon.
That one was just indescribable in its size and fury with a funnel cloud that was at least a mile in diameter when it touched down. We can see the pictures, but there is no way we can get a sense of the terror that those people felt as it roared through their communities. No way. Just as amazing is the relatively low death count (so far) for such a destructive force, but everybody is giving credit to and praising the modern, early warning system that is set up in Oklahoma now. Computer models coupled with advance radar technology are projecting highly accurate predictions of when,, where, and what size the twisters will be and where they are most likely to be traveling through. God bless their souls.
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We have another kind of technology update for you this morning. There has been an apparent breakthrough on the cellphone recharging stage. I'm referring to the built-in battery packs installed in the phones. An 18-yr.-old high school senior from Saratoga, California (San Jose area), has won a major prize for inventing a device that will recharge your cellphone in 20 to 30 seconds. PC Magazine tells us:
California native Eesha Khare won a $50,000 scholarship for inventing a supercapacitor that can charge a cell phone in about 20 seconds.
The Harvard-bound teenager last week received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards for her work with energy-efficient storage devices. Khare developed a small device that fits inside cell phone batteries, allowing them to charge in 20 to 30 seconds. It also has the potential to work on car batteries.
Her invention, which weighs in just over an inch long, according to CNN, pushed Khare to the top of the class, helping her beat about 1,600 young scientists who competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
She's already reportedly being courted by Google and other Silicon Valley giants to come to work for them, but she plans to pursue her college degree at Harvard University first. When asked what led her into researching this line of power storage, she simply said "My cellphone battery was constantly going dead."
As simple as that.
Now let's keep it simple here and get this equipment checked out. I'll get the techno-simple Bunn-O-Matic going before we meet back in the day room shortly.
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