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Monday, September 13, 2004

Tiny transmitters may change farming practices
Gerry Gilmour, The Forum
September 12, 2004 HARVEST0912

FARGO, N.D. -- Tiny sensors planted in a sugar-beet field south of Fargo gather data vital to helping the crop reach its harvest potential.

"It can influence everything -- from the timing of fungicide or deciding whether to use it at all," said Alex Warner, president of the fledgling Pedigree Technologies.

Warner recently demonstrated the potential of "smart dust" to representatives of American Crystal Sugar Co.

Smart dust is the industry tag given to radio frequency identification technology taken to a new level. The same technology that will reshape the retail world -- replacing UPC codes with tiny transmitters -- is expected to invade all aspects of commerce through the use of wireless sensor networks.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4975258.html
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From http://althistory.blogspot.com:
[This day]in 875 AUC, Emperor Hadrian visited Britannia, and considered building a defensive wall along the northern boundary to protect his northernmost border against the Picts. A general among his staff argued against it, though, promising victory against the Picts within the decade if the emperor would grant him all the resources he required. This general, Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, defeated the Picts in 881 AUC, only 1 year behind schedule, and consolidated the entire British island for the empire.

[September 13] in 1321, Dante Alighieri begins his final journey through Hell, Purgatory and into the Divine Choir. The story of this journey was told in The Divine Comedy – II, which he dictated to fellow Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio in 1358.

[September 13] in 1916, alternative history writer Roald Dahl is born in South Wales. Dahl’s award-winning story Kiss, Kiss, in which a young mother worrying that her child will die of illness is revealed at the end to be Adolf Hitler’s mother, led him into science fiction and the rich field of alternate history, much like Winston Churchill and so many others.

[September 12] in 1844, after corresponding for almost 3 years, Edgar Allan Poe and Elizabeth Barrett met in London at Miss Barrett’s home. Poe swept the reclusive Miss Barrett off her feet, and together they eloped to Italy, where they were wed in a chapel in Naples. The Poes collaborated on many works of poetry afterwards, and their love speaks through their words even today.
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