If you believe they put a man on the moon, you might be interested to know that the Sony Vaio laptops of today have more processing power than the first rocket to complete the 1969 moon landing did. Using that bit of information as a springboard for a teachable moment/social-media event, Sony and Intel have launched The Rocket Project, a program in which eight students and technologist entrepreneur Tom Atchison will attempt to use a Vaio computer to launch a 25-foot, 500-plus-pound rocket, though this one will go only to the stratosphere, not the moon. The crew is currently working on the launch, which is set for April 12. In the meantime, 180LA has put together this video to generate excitement. None of this, however, addresses the nagging question: If they can put a man on the moon with this stuff, why does my browser freak out when I have too many windows open?
—Posted by Todd Wasserman