ceview (2857765) writes "So this story on Wired seems to have got lots of people a bit confused. The experimental set up is incredibly delicate (Bose Einstein Condensate) so it implies this perpetual motion effect can't really be used to extract energy. What is your take on it? It can't really upend anything because at a quantum level things behave weirdly at the best of times.
ceview (2857765) writes "Some impressive demonstrations of water fluid dynamics for 3D Games. From the article it explains that "a new fluid simulation algorithm, called "Position Based Fluids" (PBD) makes it look easy, with water bouncing off objects in a realistic fashion."" Link to Original Source top
Is human DNA encoded by extra terrestrial intelligence?
ceview (2857765) writes "Well yes according to what discovery.com is reporting. Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute think human DNA contains data that can't be 'evolved' via Darwinian natural selection; so they suggest it as being of extra terrestrial origin." Link to Original Source top
ceview (2857765) writes "So from an old forgotten article in Life Magazine that as reported in news.com.au " US Army technical experts came up with the astonishing fact that German scientists had seriously planned to build a “sun gun". A giant orbital mirror that would focus light on targets below and burn or boil away whatever was in the way." Link to Original Source top
Has this rendering from ActiVision left the uncanny valley?
ceview (2857765) writes "Researchers at Sheffield Centre for Robotics have demonstrated that a swarm of 40 robots can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks. This is done by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface. They believe that this could provide opportunities for us mere humans to harness such power to do all sorts of things like safety — what like catching falling workers perhaps?
ceview (2857765) writes "According to the press release " The Journal ACS Synthetic Biology describes bacteria being "addicted" to caffeine in a way that promises practical uses ranging from decontamination of wastewater to bioproduction of medications for asthma."
ceview (2857765) writes "The speed of light appears to be not constant at a quantum level. It may appear to be dependent more on the electric charge of the vacuum. Also published in the European Physical Journal D http://epjd.epj.org/ Does this really have implications to GPS, quantum gravity?" Link to Original Source top
'Jedi' may be allowed to perform marriage ceremonies in Scotland
ceview (2857765) writes "The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will allow groups promoting a belief to marry couples according to a report on the BBC. Also the Flat Earth society would be allowed to perform such ceremonies." Link to Original Source top
Millions of people could be labelled mentally ill with new DSM
ceview (2857765) writes "According to an opinion piece in the BMJ " The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill"
Allen Frances, Chair of the current (DSM-IV) task force notes that " by eliminating the requirement that somatic symptoms must be "medically unexplained" he explains. In DSM-5, the focus shifts to "excessive" responses to distressing, chronic, somatic symptoms with associated "dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, or behaviours."
And goes on to note that " Somatic symptom disorder captured 15% of patients with cancer or heart disease and 26% with irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia, and had a very high false-positive rate of 7% among health people in the general population."" Link to Original Source top
ceview (2857765) writes "According to a report, Duke University shows that women tend to need more sleep, are somewhat in more pain in the morning and having more clotting factors seemingly making them more irritable in the mornings. Does this ring true to slashdotters?" Link to Original Source top
ceview (2857765) writes "NASA has released its latest green data showing a creeping of green towards the northern hemisphere. From the article " Results show temperature and vegetation growth at northern latitudes now resemble those found 4 degrees to 6 degrees of latitude farther south as recently as 1982."" Link to Original Source top
ceview (2857765) writes "Caltech researchers have been tweaking their designs of self-healing microchips with the hopes of them working to save power if they not being damaged by laser blasts.
From the article in Engadget
" Its prototype power amplifier chip has a dedicated circuit and sensors that can change actuators in microseconds if there's damage, re-optimizing the connections on the spot." Which sounds pretty impressive. But can some explain how this actually works? It sounds like something from Star trek voyager." Link to Original Source top
ceview (2857765) writes "The BBC reports that eating too much processed meat is a ticket for an early death. " If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding!" Yes Pink Floyd reference there. Anyway,I think this was reported a while back somewhere else about 6 months ago. Is this report saying anything new? Well this study is includes half a million people across Europe. According to BBC report
" One in every 17 people followed in the study died. However, those eating more than 160g of processed meat a day — roughly two sausages and a slice of bacon — were 44% more likely to die over a typical follow-up time of 12.7 years than those eating about 20g."" Link to Original Source top
UK government provides funding for European Extremely Large Telescope E-ELT
ceview (2857765) writes "The Guardian reports that the UK Gov is to contribute £88 million for building a telescope with a diameter of 39 metres and made of 798 separate segments. This E-ELT has potentially more collecting area than all the other telescopes in the world. "The E-ELT will have almost as much light collecting area as all the telescopes ever built, put together," said Professor Niranjan Thatte of Oxford University. So what other things will this be able to see? what spin off technologies could be developed?" Link to Original Source top
Culture defines sense of time, for time related things.
ceview (2857765) writes "People seem to prefer ads placed that have a consistent placement according to the sense of time they are brought up with. It seems to be more to do with reading from left to right or right to left though. From the research: ""Whether a product's image is placed on the left or the right of an advertisement matters for products promising results occurring over time (weight loss aids or anti-aging creams) or products that are valued because they are old or new (antique furniture, modern art, wine, new technologies)," write authors Boyoun (Grace) Chae and JoAndrea Hoegg (both University of British Columbia)"" Link to Original Source