The Downside to Virtual Reality

A few weeks ago, I tuned in to the TED channel on my Apple TV to catch up on some TED talks. One of the most popular that week was Alex Kipman’s demonstration of the HoloLens (I've embedded it at the end of this post). I have a lot of ambivalence about augmented reality and virtual reality technology. I can see benefits for sure—especially for advancing scientific understanding and medical … [Read more...]

Alabama Irrigation Project & Water Management

Even in a water rich state like Alabama, where average annual rainfall is plentiful,  agricultural irrigation can provide the difference between success and failure. Ask anyone who has a backyard garden. For the medium and large-scale farming operations, though, irrigation is not a widely-used practice in Alabama. The absence of irrigation has probably contributed to the decline in agriculture … [Read more...]