Gongol.com Archives: September 2009
Brian Gongol

September 11, 2009

Science and Technology 115-year-old dies
She was the world's oldest person, and the daughter of a slave in the United States. Humans still have a long way to go to reach the longevity of trees and other long-lived organisms. Some trees live for thousands of years. One researcher thinks that by "curing" aging, humans could live to 1,200 years on average. That might be nothing but mad speculation, but there's really very little reason to accept our present attitude of inevitability towards aging and death.

Computers and the Internet Noise on the standard site leads to Facebook Lite
The stripped-down version of Facebook is friendlier to those who aren't experienced users...and recalls the earlier iterations of the site. Facebook fatigue is still largely inevitable, and in ten years we won't recognize Facebook as the premier social-networking website.

Aviation News 8 years after 9/11, air travel still has a soft underbelly
Too much time and energy is wasted screening passengers for things that aren't really important, and too little is done to ensure that everyone with access to our passenger jets has been screened

Water News Davenport assesses sewer-collapse problems