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Dr. Michael Ham works as a postdoctoral research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos New Mexico. Prior to working at LANL, Michael studied Physics and Neuroscience at the University of North Texas's Center for Network Neurosciences where he characterized interaction patterns between neurons growing on a chip. His published research spans a wide variety of topics, from sensor networks, to neuroscience, to computer vision. His current work focuses on replicating human vision functionality in computers.

Michael has a passion for applying science and engineering. Along with his wife Lissie he started KinAesthetic Wind Inc , non-profit designed to fund college education using renewable energy. He and Lissie write and illustrate Tails of Socrates, a series of childrens books that feature science. Michael also builds apocalypse ready electric vehicles with his brother Kenny. Their concept car, the ApocalypsEV-1 was recently featured by Popular Mechanics and in the upcoming issue of Make Magazine.

Entries by Michael Ham

Boston: A Preview of Crime in the Google Glass Era

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 12:08 PM

The tragic Boston terrorist attack is now the most photographed crime scene in history... and the amount of data generated by the Boston crime scene will seem minuscule in comparison to the data generated before, during and after tragedies that occur 5 and 10 years from now.

Today,...

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Bring Glass to a Gunfight

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:49 PM

I find this picture, from Jonathan Kalan for the New York Times, with a wicked-looking scar running across the back of a nine-month-old baby, particularly haunting. The sheer brutality of attacking a baby up close and personal in this way is unfathomable to me. I also realize that...

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How Nate Silver's Math and Kickstarter Could Change American Politics -- Venture Capital Style

(6) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Everyone's favorite election guru, Nate Silver, crunched the numbers and provided a fascinating look at how insurgent Tea Party candidates were able to take on the Republican establishment with relatively little funding. The key analysis is the following: "the first $100,000 of spending goes a lot further in...

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Citizens United: An Unprecedented Opportunity to Test Political Ideas

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:29 PM

Though much has been said about the Tea Party, it has yet to be recognized for what it was -- irrefutable proof that ideas, not parties, win elections. In short, Citizens United sparked a political environment that resembles a startup company. And we haven't seen anything yet.

Despite underwhelming performance...

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I Have a Ph.D. and I Don't Believe in Evolution, Either

(7) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 8:27 PM

It's finally time to come clean: I am officially renouncing my belief in evolution. I have a Ph.D. in physics with an extensive background in neuroscience, and I can no longer say I believe in evolution. In fact, anyone with even a moderate science background who believes in evolution is...

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It's No Longer Okay for Scientists Not to Run for Office

(20) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 6:55 PM

The 2012 election process has shown that the relationship between science and public policy is in danger of becoming irreparably damaged. Mainstream politicians are no longer limiting scientifically baseless attacks to newer science like global climate change. They are also attempting to tear down long established scientific advancements...

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Federal Investments in Scientific Research Must Remain a Priority

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 11:23 AM

As America struggles to deal with the federal deficit, it is important to maintain a long-term perspective on spending priorities. Specifically, investments in scientific research.

The history of federally funded scientific research began in the bleak, early days of WWII when America's victory was doubtful. Physicists, mathematicians, engineers, chemists and...

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A Guide for Using SOPA & PIPA to Kill Scientific Debate -- You're Welcome

(34) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Simply put, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) currently under development in Congress will provide a rapid way to sentence websites to death without the need for pesky things like judges and juries. Much to the surprise of nobody who understands how the Internet...

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Negative Irreproducible Tweets... for Science

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 4:51 PM

As a scientist, you must come to grips with the idea that your big fantasies aren't normal. Trust me when I say that your friends -- who get 'weekends' and go to the bar instead of staying late to run experiments -- give you strange looks when you tell them...

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