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Monday, April 26, 2004
 
Some people are just too damn smart...
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Spintronics as a field is about 15 years old, established when IBM invented a sensor that could detect the spin of an electron. IBM took advantage of the spin of electrons to create disk-drive heads that could read data stored in much smaller areas on a disk drive. Those ``giant magnetoresistive'' heads debuted in 1997 and they improved the storage capacity of disk drives by 100 to 1,000 times.
There are days it is reasurring to see that people can continue down the path of discovery and innovation regardless of the madness of politics and war. Perhaps this is one of the greatest benefits of living in our time.

And please note that this work is public/private effort being done at a research university. Sometimes our tax dollars do amazing things. (Now if only we could be assured that the industry that profits from these discoveries pays their fair share back in... sigh...)
 
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“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” -Paul Wolfowitz

Cost of the War in Iraq
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