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252 Names For Either Boys Or Girls

The following names have been collected around the web as the most complete list of unisex baby names. If you have a name that’s not on the list of unisex baby names, please add it in the comments below (no login required). This list of baby names will work for boys and girls, that is these names are given to both boys and girls, although some are more command and some are less common. Also included are unisex names for babies in Turkey and Japan, but most are common to English speaking countries. Addison Adrian Ainsley Akira Alex Alexis Ali Amari Andy Angel Ari Ariel Armani Ash Ashley Aspen Aubrey Avery Aytaç Bailey Bay Bevan Bilge Blaine Blair Bobbie Bobby Brett Bronwyn Brook Brooke Burçin Caelan Cameron Campbell Camryn Carroll Carson Casey Cassidy Charlie Chiaki Chris Chris/Kris Cihan Clay Corey Dakota Dale Dallas Dana Darby Daryl Dawson Deniz Derya Devin Devon Devyn Dominique Dorian Drew Duygu Dylan Eddie Eden Eli Elliott Ellis Elvan Emerson Emery Emmerson Erin Eser Evren Evrim Finley Frances Francis/Frances Frankie Gabriel Gene/Jean Gillian Glenn Gray Greer Harley Harlow Harper Harumi Hayden Hikaru Hiromi Holland Hunter Indigo Izumi ?lkay Jackie Jaden Jadyn Jaiden Jaidyn Jamie Jamie/Jayme Jan Jayden Jaylen Jaylin Jean Jesse Jessie Jody Joe Jordan Jordyn Journey Jules Julian Jun Juri Justice Kaden Kai Kamari Kamryn Kamuran (of Persian Origin) Kaoru Kasey Katsumi Kayden Kazumi Keelan Keely Kei Keith/Keath Kelly Kelsey Kendall Kennedy Kennedy/Kennedi Kensley Kerry/Carrie Kevin Kieran Kiley Lake Lane Lee/Leigh Leslie/Lesley Logan London Loren … Continue reading

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Segway x2

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDgvBfppnMk] With the x2, you can chart your own course. Its innovative design moves you over a variety of terrain, be it the grass in your backyard or the gravel and dirt in your favorite off road spot. Enjoy the road less traveled with the Segway x2. It’s rugged, tough, and designed to take you places. And with the unmatched performance of Segway’s LeanSteer technology, your body will anticipate and conquer the trail ahead. Deeply treaded tires, scratch resistant fenders and higher ground clearance give you a smooth, stable ride, and the durability you’ve come to expect from Segway.

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2009 Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Concept

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuIJRsAuCHQ] The Honda U3-X is a self-balancing one-wheeled electric vehicle similar to the Segway PT. It was unveiled by Honda’s CEO on September 24, 2009 and it was announced that it would be shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Time Magazine called it one of the 50 best inventions of 2009. In April 2010, Honda engineers did a short demonstration of two of the devices in Times Square, New York City. In May 2010, Honda representatives demonstrated the U3-X at the Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, Tochigi, Japan. Honda developed the U3-X with technology originally developed for ASIMO the bipedal human robot project. Honda states that the “U” stands for unicycle and for universal. It weighs 10 kg (22 lb) and travels at 6 km/h (3.7 mph), a similar speed to the Toyota Winglet.

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ASIMO Serves First FCX Clarity Customers

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTiZYFrWP8A] Watch multiple ASIMOs serving the very first FCX Clarity customers at Honda’s Head Office in Aoyama, Tokyo. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., recently announced five of the first customers for its advanced new FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle and also provided details of the world’s first fuel cell vehicle dealership network in the United States. The announcements were made during a ceremony for the start of FCX Clarity production at the world’s first dedicated fuel cell vehicle manufacturing facility in Japan on June 16, 2008. Film producer Ron Yerxa will take delivery of the first FCX Clarity in July. The remaining four early adopters for Honda’s next-generation fuel cell vehicle are author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her filmmaker husband Christopher Guest; business owner and car enthusiast Jim Salomon; actress Laura Harris; and Jon Spallino, already the world’s first retail fuel cell vehicle customer, who has been leasing the current generation FCX since 2005. Yerxa, Harris and Spallino attended the event in Japan. More about ASIMO at: http://www.asimo.honda.com

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Review: X10 Home Automation with Arduino

This is a re-post of  this blog posting since it appears to be a 404. —- My current project revolves around using the Arduino and the X10 home automation protocol and hardware. The gist of what I am doing with this project is using the Parallax RFID (found here) tag to identify me and then use X10 protocol/hardware (Part# 1134B from SmartHomes via Amazon) to automate my home. Below is the wiring diagram. In this example, I control 1 device (on X10 circuit A, device 1). I initally turn the device off. When the RFID tag I am looking for is read, I turn the lights on. Next time that tag is read, I turn the lights off. I acknowledge various changes by providing feedback to the user via blinking LEDs and serial comms to the PC. I use the free SSH/telnet client PuTTY, found here. Now, for the code… ——————————————– #include x10.h #include x10constants.h // RFID reader variables #define TAG_LEN 12 char tag[12] = {‘0’, ‘F’, ‘0’, ‘3’, ‘0’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ‘1’, ‘8’, ‘5’}; char code[12]; int bytesread = 0; int ledPin = 13; // Connect LED to pin 13 int rfidPin = 2; // RFID enable pin connected to digital pin 2 int val=0; // X10 Control unit variables int zcPin = 9; int dataPin = 8; int repeat = 1; boolean LightsOn = false; // Declare and instance of an X10 control module x10 myHouse = x10(zcPin, dataPin); // 9 is 0xing pin; 8 is data pin … Continue reading

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The Closest Habitable Solar System: Gliese 581

Gliese 581 is a red dwarf star with spectral type M3V, located 20.3 light years away from Earth. Its mass is estimated to be approximately a third of that of the Sun, and it is the 87th closest known star system to the Sun. Observations suggest that the star has at least four planets: Gliese 581 b, c, d, e.[9] The star system gained attention after Gliese 581 c, the first low mass extrasolar planet found to be near its star’shabitable zone, was discovered in April 2007. It has since been shown that under known terrestrial planet climate models, Gliese 581 c is likely to have a runaway greenhouse effect, and hence is probably not habitable. However, the subsequently discovered outermost planet Gliese 581 d is firmly within the habitable zone. In April 2009, the discovery of exoplanet Gliese 581 e, [9] at that time the closest-known in mass to Earth, was announced.

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First neutrino observation

clipped from en.wikipedia.org The world’s first neutrino observation in a hydrogen bubble chamber was found Nov. 13, 1970, on this historical photograph from the Zero Gradient Synchrotron’s 12-foot bubble chamber. The invisible neutrino strikes a proton where three particle tracks originate (right). The neutrino turns into a muon, the long center track. The short track is the proton. The third track is a pi-meson created by the collision.

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The Rod of Asclepius and The Caduceus

The Rod of Asclepius has traditionally been the symbol for healing and medicine. However, over time the Caduceus has been confused with the Rod of Asclepius and mistakenly used to represent medicine. “A 1992 survey of American health organizations found that 62% of professional associations used the rod of Asclepius, whereas in commercial organizations, 76% used the caduceus.”Graphically, the Caduceus makes is a more elaborate symbol and would be more fun to use in a logo, however, it’s origins are not related to medicine or healing. The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine or physicians (instead of the rod of Asclepius) even though the symbol has no connection with Hippocrates and any association with healing arts is something of a stretch. Its singularly inappropriate connotations of theft, commerce, deception and death have provided fodder for academic humor. The rod of Asclepius (sometimes also spelled Asklepios or Aesculapius), also known as the asklepian,[1] is an ancient symbol associated with astrology, the Greek god Asclepius and with healing. It consists of a serpent entwined around a staff. The name of the symbol derives from its early and widespread association with Asclepius, the son of Apollo, who was a practitioner of medicine in ancient Greek mythology. His attributes, the snake and the staff, sometimes depicted separately in antiquity, are combined in this symbol.[2] The Rod of Asclepius also represents the constellation Ophiuchus (or Ophiuchus Serpentarius), the thirteenth sign of the sidereal zodiac. clipped from en.wikipedia.org The caduceus is typically depicted … Continue reading

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Schrödinger’s cat

clipped from en.wikipedia.org Schrödinger’s Cat: A cat, along with a flask containing a poison, is placed in a sealed box shielded against environmentally induced quantum decoherence. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation, the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not a mixture of alive and dead.

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High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas: The Race to Save the Cougar Ace

clipped from www.wired.com Latitude 48° 14 North. Longitude 174° 26 West. Almost midnight on the North Pacific, about 230 miles south of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. A heavy fog blankets the sea. There’s nothing but the wind spinning eddies through the mist. Out of the darkness, a rumble grows. The water begins to vibrate. Suddenly, the prow of a massive ship splits the fog. Its steel hull rises seven stories above the water and stretches two football fields back into the night. A 15,683-horsepower engine roars through the holds, pushing 55,328 tons of steel. Crisp white capital letters — COUGAR ACE — spell the ship’s name above the ocean froth. A deep-sea car transport, its 14 decks are packed with 4,703 new Mazdas bound for North America. Estimated cargo value: $103 million.

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