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FBeans (2201802) writes "New York Times: "Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape."
So it's back to the LHC to find out what type of Higg's Boson this is.
From The Independant: "Cern says that confirming what type of boson the particle is could take years and that the scientists would need to return to the Large Hadron Collider — the world's largest 'atom smasher' — to carry out further tests. This will measure at what rate the particle decays and compare it with the results of predictions, as theorised by Edinburgh professor Peter Higgs 50 years ago."
FBeans (2201802) writes ""Volvo has announced it is releasing a cyclist detection facility which should prevent fatal accidents.
The auto firm says vehicles fitted with the system will be able to detect threats including a cyclist suddenly swerving out into a car's path.
It said that if a collision risk was detected an alarm would sound and the car's brakes would be fully deployed."
The new system, which is based on their previous detection system will be available in seven out of 11 models of the company's current line-up. As "The code which acts as the brains for the equipment has been rewritten to add the new feature, and its added complexity has meant a more powerful processor is now needed." the system will only be available in new cars meaning older models with the old system cannot be upgraded.
"Motorists wanting the feature face an added bill of at least £1,850 to buy it as a part of a package of added features."
FBeans (2201802) writes "In a story at the end of last year, it was reported that up to 124 Lost WWII Spitfires could be buried in Burma in various locations.
A team sponsored by Wargaming.net lead by David Cundall who says he witnessed one such burial of planes, have been investigating a site that was thought to have up to 36 planes that were buried in crates near the end of the war. However, based on the evidence they have obtained recently, it seems there are no spitfires buried at this location, and no substantial evidence supporting any other location, possibly leading to the end of the hunt?
Over 20,000 Spitfires were made between 1938 and 1948, and cost around £12,000 each.
David Cundal has spent 17 years of his life and around $200,000 dollars hunting the Supermarine planes down; presumably evidence stating there are no planes to find, will not stop him searching." Link to Original Source top
FBeans (2201802) writes "From Gigaom.com: "Google launched its fiber to the home network today and the biggest surprise is probably that the gigabit speeds are aimed at consumers only. The search giant’s fiber network, which will cost $70 for Internet only and $120 for fiber plus TV, is a killer wrapper for Google’s cloud, consumer and tablet products, some of which will be included in the fiber and TV package."
"So consumers of Kansas City will get Internet access with products and services that could tremendously undercut the Internet access businesses of Time Warner Cable and AT&T, which are the dominant ISPs in the area. But businesses will have to wait."
I guess it's not only businesses that will have to wait, but all of us too. Can Google Fiber really take on the dominant ISPs? Would you drop your provider and move to Google?" Link to Original Source top
Scientists store information in quantum bits for nearly two seconds.
FBeans (2201802) writes ""Using a pair of impurities in ultra-pure, laboratory-grown diamonds, the researchers announced earlier this week that preliminary results show the ability to create quantum bits and store information in them for nearly two seconds — an increase of nearly six magnitudes, say the scientists. The work, described in the June 8 issue of Science, is a critical first step in the eventual construction of a functional quantum computer that could one day allow for advanced computations."
"One challenge facing quantum computing is creating computers that can remain in a solid-state at room temperature. Most systems rely on complex and expensive equipment designed to trap an atom or electron in a vacuum, and then cool the entire system to nearly absolute zero, or 459.67 Fahrenheit. Researchers say the experiment is an essential finding for the evolution of the quantum computer, saying it will likely serve as cornerstone in the coming years."
"The practical purposes of a quantum computer are nearly endless, say scientists. Quantum computers are expected to play an important role in future information processing since they can outperform classical computers at many tasks."" Link to Original Source top
Facebook's Revenue Forcasts cut in the middle of IPO Roadsow
FBeans (2201802) writes ""Reuters' Alistair Barr is reporting that Facebook's lead underwriters, Morgan Stanley (MS), JP Morgan (JPM), and Goldman Sachs (GS) all cut their earnings forecasts for the company in the middle of the IPO roadshow."
"If there was any communication at all between Facebook and its underwriters regarding the analysts' estimates, Facebook will likely be on the hook for this, too."" Link to Original Source top
Everything Everywhere begin campaign to speed up the UK 4G roll-out
FBeans (2201802) writes ""The firm is urging business leaders and consumer champions to join 4GBritain — a campaign calling on the government "to do whatever is necessary to move forward" with the roll-out."
Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE since September, told the BBC that he was surprised how far behind the UK was.
"The UK had struck me as a place where mobile technology is deployed first and yet the infrastructure is behind Germany, Scandinavia and the US. I want to do something about this issue," he told the BBC.
Should the UK be keeping up with other countries around the world — probably. Unfortunately, with so many companies wanting to get in on the new tech first, and many lawyers being called into action for various reasons, it seems this campaign won't speed thing up too much..." Link to Original Source top
Sci-Fi publisher Tor ditches DRM. A positive step towards the removal of DRM?
FBeans (2201802) writes ""Science fiction publisher Tor UK is dropping digital rights management from its e-books alongside a similar move by its US partners."
"Tor UK, Tor Books and Forge are divisions of Pan Macmillan, which said it viewed the move as an "experiment"." s
With experiments, come results. Now users can finally read their books across multiple devices such as Amazon's Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo eReader and Apple's iBooks. Perhaps we will see the *increase* of sales, because of the new unrestricted format, outweighs the decrease caused by piracy!? Time will tell..." Link to Original Source top
FBeans (2201802) writes "The BBC Reports: "The campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills — particularly coding — in schools is gathering force.
Today the likes of Google, Microsoft and other leading technology names will lend their support to the case made to the government earlier this year in a report called Next Gen. It argued that the UK could be a global hub for the video games and special effects industries — but only if its education system got its act together."
The report says that the 16,500 students studying a computer science degree in 2003 fell to just 10,600 by 2007. "although it's recovered a little to 13,600 last year, that's at a time in major growth in overall applications, so the percentage of students looking to study the subject has fallen from 5% to 3%."
Personally, I don't see how the "Latin" analogy this story uses works. Although the point is clear:
Computer Science is becoming niche and "un-cool" and is not taught well enough in schools. This needs to change and it seems the cogs are starting to turn." Link to Original Source top
FBeans (2201802) writes "From the BBC website: "Intel has developed an accelerator chip capable of running at speeds of one teraflops, equal to one trillion calculations per second. The firm showed off the chip, dubbed Knights Corner, on a test machine at a supercomputing conference in Seattle."
"It packs more than 50 cores — or individual processors — onto a single piece of silicon. "
The chip falls short of IBM's 2008 Roadrunner chip: "In 2008, IBM's Roadrunner achieved petaflop speed, equal to 1,000 trillion calculations per second."
Intel are confident in the future of their chip, claiming very large increases in performace over the next few years : "Ten years on, in 2018, Intel hopes it will be able to deliver so-called exascale-level performance, which is more than 100 times faster than currently available."" Link to Original Source top
Doctor Who 'to be made into Hollywood feature film
"London will begin to switch on 4G high-speed mobile internet with the launch of the first large-scale public trial in Britain."
"Initiated by O2, Britain's second largest operator with 22 million customers, the trial involves more than 25 masts covering 15 square miles in Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross. It will run for nine months, and the equipment installed will eventually become part of O2's first commercial 4G network."
So the new generation of mobile technology is set to go live near the end of next year.
"The new technology is capable of speeds of up to 150 megabits per second. During the trial, users will be more likely to experience average speeds between 25Mbps and 50Mbps. When 4G is introduced nationally the average speeds are likely to drop to between 10Mbps and 15Mbps. This is faster than 3G, which averages between 1Mbps and 1.5Mbps, and compares well with the average household, fixed line broadband connection, which rose to just under 7Mbps this year."
"Live gaming against other players and video calling without delays will become possible from phones, because the speed at which new information loads onto the screen will be reduced from 1 second to 0.07 seconds."
With the new technology clearing a network bottleneck for phones, tablets and dongles, will we start to really see differneces in Browser, OS and phone performances?" Link to Original Source top
FBeans (2201802) writes ""The launch of the latest "Call of Duty" videogame has broken first day sales records to become the highest grossing entertainment launch in history, the publisher Activision has claimed."
" 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3' took over $400m in Britain and America in the first 24 hours of going on sale, shifting over 6.5 millon copies."
Clearly the fans (new and old) of the COD game series are devoted in their war-game selection. With Battlefield 3 released recently, the direct competition between the two games has a clear favorite.
This battle may already be over, but is the war set to continue?
“Although the pictures will only show a small slice of the gigantic forest, members of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) which helped Google carry out the project, hope it will help spread environmental awareness.”
Now we can all go on rain-forest tours or travel down the Rio Negro river, “a boat with the tricycle on top took thousands of shots of the jungle and its residents.”
FBeans (2201802) writes ""Scientists have shown off what can be described as the world's smallest electric car — made of a single, carefully designed molecule."
He continues, "The molecule has four branches that act as wheels, rotating when a tiny metal tip applied a small current to them."
Unfortunately it seems the car isn't going anywhere fast. After 10 electrical bursts it had only traveled six billionths of a meter. Further to this though, the car only works in -266C whist in a high vacuum. Dr Kudernac, the lead author on the paper, seems optimistic despite the potential road blocks that the single-molecule car faces.
"There are ways to play around," he said. "That's what we chemists do — we try to design molecules for particular purposes, and I don't see any fundamental limitations."
There is a long road ahead for this area of chemistry and it is yet to be know if there will be any real application of the smallest car in the world." Link to Original Source top
FBeans (2201802) writes "In the UK, as "Thousands march in student protest over university fees". I wonder what the people of Slashdot would protest against, if they had just one chance?" Link to Original Source