Ask Slashdot: Math Curriculum To Understand General Relativity?
This book chapter, by Kip Thorne and others, plus a heavy does of vector calculus, will get you there:
Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?
In a nutshell: Penrose (and others) believe (or used to believe) that gravity can cause spontaneous wavefunction collapse, basically something simpler than decoherence. The "speed" at which this collapse occurs should be dependent on the mass of said object; the "characteristic speed" of consciousness, on the order of 0.1 seconds, would be generated by sub-cellular sized structures and which he links to structures called microtubules within neurons. You'd have to read his books if you want any of those details filling in.
Twitter Prepared To Name Users
The injunction applies to people who know about the injunction, i.e. not necessarily only those who it was served to. Your average Twitter arguably knows about that injunction (although from Nth-hand rumour), and is also arguably publishing libel (although with little/no damaging consequences).
£32k a Day For Birmingham Council Website
Obviously you are not familiar with Capita's reputation for "mis-managing" (read: excessively profiting) government projects. http://davespartblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/why-it-gets-called-crapita_21.html
UK ISP TalkTalk Caught Monitoring Its Customers
If you read other people's comments you will quickly see why, although this is a Good Thing prima facie, it does have worrying implications that need to be addressed (e.g. the storing of "secret" URLs).
Buckyballs Detected In Space
They're not detecting individual molecules, but an amount sufficient enough to noticeably absorb certain frequencies of light. You'd understand if you had RTFA.
Cows have chips in their ears and farmers keep a tally of them, unlike immigrants. You'd understand why if you DRTDFM (Didn't Read The Daily Fucking Mail).
Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?
Methinks you're acting a bit OTT - not that that's a bad thing, natch - during a 2 week visit to China a couple of years ago I quite openly slagged off the government in e-mails (routed through Gmail) and nothing ever came of it.
Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?
For basic, "free" analysis you could try the Wifi Analyzer app on the Android market (perhaps one of your friends has an Android phone if you don't?)
Europeans Bury "Digital DNA" Inside a Mountain
Ok, but this begs a simple question: how is the information describing the file formats itself encoded?
Tsunami Warning From Space?
Right, and if we could launch a powerful enough laser into space, I think some people (i.e. the Chinese, Russians, in fact anyone in the world) would be very unhappy about the potential for this thing to be turned into a weapon.
I'm trying to remember what program/website has a satirical idea about using such a device to shoot the homeless.
Download Taxes As a Weapon Against File-Sharing
Wait, what? It's somehow our fault that the people we elect fail to do what they'd say they do, and instead go on to do things we *didn't* elect them to do?
I think you need to explain your logic a little better.
Avi Rubin Has Some Optimistic Words About E-Voting
Don't forget to add the date and time.
If there is some kind of e-vote-rigging going on, it's obviously (hopefully? less likely?) not going to be happening during the hours the polling station is open. You can chuck away any votes that didn't occur when the station was open, and flag it as a problem.
You can also record how many people come into the polling station, for example with mechanical turnstyles that report back to voting HQ, and link this in to the numbers of votes cast in that station during certain periods later on.