The private aerospace industry seems to be taking off but not without previous faced hardships and with known and unknown challenges to come. At least, there have been a few successful attempts; SpaceX was successful in sending supplies to the International Space Station and recently delivering a Thai satellite to orbit. Another company, Virgin Galactic […]
BGR posted a few days ago an article that discusses a hands-on video of what Ara would be like. Here I leave the video, the video starts with Ara and is almost 3 hours long. Just focus on the first 25 min into the video. Apparently Google wanted to show that the project continues to be […]
During the past few weeks we have been learning about our regional economies. In this post I will present real per capita personal income of El Paso and Las Cruces MSAs. I will also present a graph showing how the regional per capita personal income compares to the one of the country as a whole. […]
As you may know, Daniel is an avid photographer and he enjoys taking pictures of clouds very much. He made this short but sweet time lapse of clouds moving across our city, check it out. If anyone is interested in time laps photography, make sure to contact him.
By now we have also discussed unemployment and unemployment rates. We will begin our local unemployment discussion just by showing the local rates of unemployment. The rate for December 2013 for El Paso and Las Cruces are 8.4 percent and 7.3 percent respectively. I would love to have different measures of unemployment available but the […]
Check out his project here. Marty completed his EL Wire Nixie tube and now the project is getting a lot of interest online. Hackaday.com the holy grail of all makers has made an article about Marty’s project and us! H3 Laboratories! Here is what they had to say: “Nixie tubes are awesome, but sometimes a […]
As the title states, this is only the beginning and I will keep it simple for now. Comparing economies becomes hard if they are not of a comparable size. For example, what happens if I want to compare the economies of El Paso MSA, Las Cruces MSA, Texas and New Mexico? As an example, in […]
As we have progressed in the economics workshop, we have learned some the tools to understand some of the charts that economists use to tell stories about the economy. I will begin to post once in a while about the local economies; just like I have posted opinions about economics before. Remember that these posts […]
As some of you know, I have been following Phoneblok, Motorola Ara and ZTE Eco-Mobius projects. What these have in common is that the projects are for modular mobile phones.
With Google’s backing, Motorola Ara seemed as the strongest candidate to become a real phone that would actually hit the market. Well, there has been some development to the story in the past few days. Google sold its Motorola unit to Lenovo. Thus, creating uncertainty for the project.
Some reports suggest that some of the special projects that Motorola was conducting will remain at Google. Motorola Ara would be one of them. We will wait to see if the phone is ever fully developed. We will have to wait and see what actually happens to Ara.
For the past few months I have been following the modular cell-phone movement. It started with Phoneblok and then Motorola claimed it had been working for months on their own modular phone project called Ara. Now there is a new project for the modular phone. I am still not sure if this will work. Do not […]
Today’s post will be really simple. I have already provided a definition in the last econ post about what an externality is. I will begin this post by providing examples of what an externality is. The first example will be an unusual one and then I will proceed to show the standard examples. Then I […]
As promised in the previous post about cars this post is about what I consider to be the best supercar (now called hypercars in this generation) of the time. It is another video from Autocar and they test drive this incredible machine on the track. I dream of being able to see this car in the […]
In the last post we discussed how taxes may not necessarily only affect the party intended to be taxed. The reason for this has to do with a subject we have not covered yet, elasticities. We will only cover this topic using graphs. I discovered that it is difficult for me to explain this topic […]
We started the Biohacking activities by doing a simple DNA extraction from fruits and vegetables. many people showed up and extracted DNA from their favorite fruit or vegetable. If you are interested in Biohacking, we are planning activities that are ever increasing in complexity. Check out the pictures.
I know that there are several car lovers in the H3 Laboratories community besides me so I have decided that the next two non-economic related posts will be about two of the four cars that I am currently drooling over. The first is the Porsche 918 Spyder. When I saw the concept a few years […]
At least in the United States, it is common for people to pay some kind of taxes. Taxes can be a controversial issue in economics. Some may support their use to fund federal, state and local governments. Other economists go further and support their use to modify behavior. For example, tobacco is taxed heavily to encourage consumers to curtail their tobacco consumption.
We all have heard a little bit about “big data” recently due to a certain government agency’s usage of data. Regardless of your opinion towards data collection by governments, companies or individuals one cannot deny the amazing possibilities of using data to solve problems, explain concepts, and develop ideas based on the concise and effective analysis […]
I would not normally write about a movie because I am not a film expert or critic. I am particularly interested in “Her” by Spike Jonze because it has a variety of interesting subjects I am interested in. I will not pretend to write a full movie review but I will touch on some of the subjects the movie shows and discuss my take on it. I recommend for everyone interested in technology and moral philosophy to watch it. I will also try to not spoil or provide too many details on it.
This is a somewhat difficult concept to grasp. It does not involves difficult tasks but it may be confusing to some. I will try to explain it with a story, share the book definition and then I will use a graph to illustrate. I have also posted videos I grabbed from YouTube and some articles […]
We had a very informative and awesome 3D modeling class, several people came by and learned how to use Blender from the ground up. Everyone in the class had never before used Blender and we learned how to do our very own 3D models! We have all the models and things we made for this […]