Saturday, July 20, 2013

Featuring the Galaxy S3

The Heart of the Galaxy S3

     The Samsung Galaxy S3 is an amazing electronic mobile device. It's essentially a miniaturized computer, complete with a motherboard and processor. I installed my own personal computer part by part including the motherboard, processor, graphics processing unit, power supply and three hard drives. I was recently interviewed for a tech position and realized that I had never first hand taken apart the Galaxy S3 and put it back together. I decided to dive right in.


     I found that like my computer it is put together with electronic components and ultimately I found it to be very similar (though much smaller).

     I obtained a phillips screw driver and got to work. Each screw came out easily enough, which led to me pulling apart the top plastic that also held the back speaker.

Internal Components

 First Take of the Galaxy S3 with the Back Cover Removed

    A white wire runs from the side of the phone into the motherboard enabling the 3G connection by antenna.



Motherboard of the Galaxy S3

     As I took out another screw that was in the motherboard, I could see the front and back of the board. I noticed several distinct things while taking apart my phone. I saw ports for the cameras to be plugged in, ports for speakers, and one also for the touch pad sensor.

     I immediately realized that I could easily take out any part that connects to a Samsung Galaxy S3 and replace it with a new piece if I ever needed to.

      I found a full list of components of the Samsung Galaxy S3 motherboard on ifixit.

An Amazing Electronic Piece

     The Galaxy S3 is truly a miniaturized computer, and I  was ecstatic that this interview pushed me to new depths and that I could come from the experience with a new skill.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Russian Scientists Discover Ice Enclosed Mammoth

"Mammoth find: Preserved Ice Age giant found with flowing blood in Siberia"

     According to, a female wooly mammoth was found by Russian scientists. The mammoth had actual blood flowing out while being excavated. They believed that the mammoth lived anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. "The muscle tissue of the animal was also well-preserved and had a natural red color of fresh meat, added the scientist.", that's 10,000 year old refrigerated meat. 

     This finding almost instantly raises the ethics behind cloning. As an advocate of life itself, it seems natural to encourage the existence of it. This includes the mighty wooly mammoth. Jurassic Park highlights this argument, siding on the part of nature. We are only limited by our creativity and what we imagine we can accomplish. A wooly mammoth alive today would mark an incredible feat, and while the ethics are still debated it seems inevitable that one day we will try to accomplish that feat.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Most People on Earth will Suffer as a Consequence of Unfiltered Water in Two Generations

     An article published on informed that, "A conference of 500 leading water scientists from around the world today issued a stark warning that, without major reforms, 'in the short span of one or two generations, the majority of the 9 billion people on Earth will be living under the handicap of severe pressure on fresh water, an absolutely essential natural resource for which there is no substitute. This handicap will be self-inflicted and is, we believe, entirely avoidable.'".

     Among the different statistics mentioned, humanity uses land the size of South America for agriculture, and land the size of Africa for livestock. Another astonishing average was the fact that a large dam has been built every day for the last 130 years. The article goes on and continues with ways to help the future with a predicament that we can see coming two generations away:

"1) Make a renewed commitment to adopt a multi-scale and interdisciplinary approach to water science in order to understand the complex and interlinked nature of the global water system and how it may change now and in future.
2) Execute state-of-the-art synthesis studies of knowledge about fresh water that can inform risk assessments and be used to develop strategies to better promote the protection of water systems.
3) Train the next generation of water scientists and practitioners in global change research and management, making use of cross-scale analysis and integrated system design.
4) Expand monitoring, through traditional land-based environmental observation networks and state-of-the-art earth-observation satellite systems, to provide detailed observations of water system state.
5) Consider ecosystem-based alternatives to costly structural solutions for climate proofing, such that the design of the built environment in future includes both traditional and green infrastructure.
6) Stimulate innovation in water institutions, with a balance of technical- and governance-based solutions and taking heed of value systems and equity. A failure to adopt a more inclusive approach will make it impossible to design effective green growth strategies or policies."

     This can't be ignored, and with these water scientists trying to help avoid disaster it seems all but inevitable that these suggestions will be followed. Hopefully it's not too little too late, and reform can be made that will be effective throughout the lifetime of our civilization.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

A 3D Printed Splint Supports a Childs Life just came out with a story titled "3D-printed tracheal splint supports baby's airways, saves life". The child essentially had no other options, and researchers came up with this 3D printed solution. The splint that was produced by a 3D printer will help support his trachea until it eventually is absorbed by the body, "In two to three years, the trachea will be able to stand on its own...". The technology for 3D printing is only limited by our creativity to use it. It will be very interesting to see how the future unfolds as 3D printing starts to gain momentum and viability.

     3D printing is an amazing feat, and personally I can't wait to see more. What kind of things would you make with a 3D printer?

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Aridion" Nano-Coating Technology Provides Electronics With Complete Protection Against Liquids

     CNN came out with an article on their website, highlighting a new nano-coating technology that after sprayed on a surface, will provide complete protection against liquids. "British-based firm P2i has developed a 'liquid repellent nano-coating' technology -- branded Aridion™ -- that can be sprayed onto a solid surface and, they claim, repel nearly all forms of liquid.". Once something has been sprayed, it is invisible as "The chemical itself is a little less than 50 nanometers wide -- that's 1,000 times thinner than a human hair and, suffice to say, completely invisible to the naked eye.".

     This new technology is very effective, "Now having demonstrated that Aridion can repel almost any type of liquid from almost any type of solid surface and also act, incidentally, as an anti-microbial and flame retardant". The spray can be put on almost anything, and the result is that liquids will bead up on the surface, instead of being absorbed by the material. Now that you can drop your phone in liquid, water damage will be the thoughts of an older generation of technology users.

Personally, I could use the peace of mind for my smart phone. What would you waterproof?

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Google & Nasa Launch First Quantum Computer

     The BBC news reports "Google wants to use the facility at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California to find out how quantum computing might advance techniques of machine learning and artificial intelligence, including voice recognition." The presence of a constructed quantum computer is an amazing feat. The cost of the computer was fifteen million dollars, a small price to pay for the world's first quantum computer. University researchers will also get to use the quantum computer "...20% of the time on the machine via the Universities Space Research Agency (USRA).".

     This computer is unique in that it uses "quantum annealing - a way of distilling the optimal mathematical solutions from all the possibilities.". For right now, the best use they can make of this quantum computer is to choose the most optimal solution among a  problem with multiple solutions. "In one case it took less than half a second to do something that took conventional software 30 minutes.". With the development of the first quantum computer, this is just a glimpse of the capabilities of the future.

     Imagine if they could actually optimize a quantum computer for three dimensional rendering.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

3D Scans Show Caterpillar Mid-Metamorphosis

     National Geographic recently published a piece on three dimensional scans revealing what is going on exactly underneath the skin of a cocoon. Essentially it almost seems alien, one creature turning into another. National geographic cites the reason as to why this is so successful for insects is because pre-metamorphosis insects do not have to compete for the same food sources as insects post-metamorphosis. Although people have had a chance to dissect cocoons, it hasn't been documented exactly whats going on inside until now.

     The insects inside literally turn into a soup, being placed in other locations and organs are reorganized throughout the cocoon. They also cited that this could even be used to help fight crime; as larvae from blowflies come so predictably to decaying corpses that they could log the time of death by seeing how far along the blowfly is in its metamorphosis. This is an amazing use of technological advances today, and with new ideas being formed on how to effectively use our advances the future is looking brighter every day.

I wonder if an insects perception of reality is altered, it is a transformation.

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