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View Resource The Abacus: Index

Parents often scoff at the powerful calculators their children use for math classes, noting that they had to learn with slide rules. A device that predates both tools, however, is the focus of this unique site. The abacus has roots in the fifth century B.C., and still sees limited use in various parts of the world. A very thorough overview is provided online, with interactive applets that teach...

https://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/abacus/
View Resource PC Magazine: The Future of Technology

This section of PC Magazine's Web site highlights some of the most fascinating and potentially revolutionary technologies that could be on the verge of large scale development. Of the nineteen main technologies that are featured, some have been widely publicized, such as hydrogen fuel cells and grid computing. Others are not as well known. For example, the article on e-bombs, or "high-power...

https://www.pcmag.com/features
View Resource Tau Beta Pi: Brain Ticklers

Tau Beta Pi is a national honor society for engineering students, and its quarterly Brain Ticklers online feature is a true challenge aimed at motivated individuals. In each issue, five standard questions and two bonus questions are given, which are intended to exercise peoples' problem solving skills. The problems are generally straightforward and easy to understand, but they can be extremely...

https://www.tbp.org/pubs/brainTicklers.cfm
View Resource Chickscope: EggMath

EggMath is "a collection of web modules (including many interactive applets) covering different topics in mathematics related to eggs." This unusual site helps grade school students understand concepts such as symmetry, spherical geometry, and exponential growth. The authors of the site have even invented special terminology to make the material more fun for students. For example, the White / Yolk...

http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/eggmath/
View Resource Cplusplus: The C++ Resources Network

Despite being introduced in the 1980's, the C++ programming language remains one of the most commonly used languages for a variety of applications. People who are learning the basics of C++, or more seasoned programmers who just need a refresher, can find a great deal of useful information on this Web site. An easy-to-follow tutorial, complete with detailed examples and clear explanations, is one...

http://www.cplusplus.com/
View Resource Soft Walls: Preventing the Use of Commercial Aircraft as Weapons

In the hopes of preventing another terrorist attack like the ones of September 11, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley are developing an intelligent autopilot system for commercial aircraft. The system, dubbed Soft Walls, would activate whenever an aircraft approaches a designated no-fly zone. Using global positioning system technology, the autopilot would guide the plane...

https://ptolemy.berkeley.edu/projects/softwalls/
View Resource A Large-Scale Study of the Evolution of Web Pages

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard researchers collaborated to write this paper for the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference in May 2003. The paper looks at the Web as a dynamic entity, constantly changing, and considers how this behavior affects its usability. In particular, search engines are noted as being especially susceptible since they cannot possibly have records of the most current...

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/publication/a-large...
View Resource Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center

The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University is a unique research institution "that combines technology and fine arts to create new processes, tools, and vision for storytelling and entertainment." Most visitors to the center's homepage will be mainly interested in the diverse array of current and past projects investigated by students and faculty. The Biohazard project is...

http://www.etc.cmu.edu/
View Resource Machine Vision

An overview of a generic image-based machine vision system is provided on this Web site (1). The tutorial describes the main components of such a system, how its accuracy is measured, and what scientific and industrial applications benefit from machine vision. A more technical perspective of machine vision technology is given in an online publication of the Automated Imaging Association (2)....

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/met/2003/0815
View Resource Practical Technology: For Practical People

An established technology journalist offers this free Web site of technology news, editorials, and reviews. Mostly focused on computer-related issues, the articles provide information about "operating systems, networking, middleware, the desktop, security and backoffice infrastructure." New articles are posted roughly once a week. A particularly interesting tidbit concerned the recently developed...

http://practical-tech.com/
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