Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope
Apps request permissions for different pieces of hardware on a case-by-case basis. The average user might raise some eyebrows if an app that shouldn't need it wants to access your microphone, but access to gyroscope data might not even require user acceptance.
Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?
I'm quite certain they named it after the sound it made when it first erupted.
'Unparticles' May Hold the Key To Superconductivity
So their properties become independent of scale... When one of their properties falls below a certain value on the scale of temperature?
As long as it's cold enough, how cold doesn't matter. Why wouldn't that make sense?
The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension
Woit has written a book called "Not even wrong" about string theory and how it's not science in his opinion. He actively blogs about string theory hype. He's not a string theorist and although he does have a PhD in physics he's not published anything scientific in decades. He teaches math and writes anti-string rants as a hobby.
China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
This is a pretty small upgrade from the LEP that used to be in the current LCH tunnel. That went up to 209 GeV and ruled out Higgs masses up to 115 GeV. The Higgs is around 125 Gev, or 9% higher, and the energy of this is supposed to be 240 GeV, or 15% higher.
That makes me wonder if the planned energy is enough for a useful Higgs factory. The ILC is supposed to do 500 GeV and would work well as a Higgs factory. That proposal would be more than twice as expensive though.
It's of course possible the article has it wrong and it's really 240 GeV per beam, adding up to 480.
Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles
I've been laughing at this (pdf) for days now. The lower right pic on the second page gets me every time.
Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses
Before someone asks, yes, I am "Mensa material". I do IQ tests as a pastime. It's fun to watch shrinks stare in awe.
Ironically, that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe
The mathematics to arise from accepted Higgs field theory suggests the universe is currently sitting comfortably in a Higgs field energy 'valley.' To get out of this valley and up the adjacent 'hill,' huge quantities of energy would need to be unleashed inside the field.
I have no idea what the 'valley' represents, nor the 'hill' so this explanation tells me nothing.
An article by Matt Strassler that should explain more. In particular, this pic
The story about our vacuum having two 'valleys' depends crucially on no new physics existing beyond the already known fields, which is probably false.
The Game Theory of Life
"equations used to describe the distribution of genes", meaning the algorithm (mechanism) was probably unknown while the equations just described the end result. Also, the behavior of an algorithm that sees lots of use has probably been studied a lot so there's a treasure trove of material for researchers to dig through to find stuff relevant for genetics.
Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data
I just googled for homemade plague gun with bombs. We'll see what happens next.
A month from now you'll be looking proudly at the one in your yard going "Well I'll be damned"
Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change
all animal species alive now have survived all climate changes in the past.
But almost no animal species alive in the past have survived all the climate changes in the past.
More seriously, they want to optimize meat per dollar taking into account projections of future climate. A current cow would probably do well but be suboptimal. Normal economics at work, nothing to see here.
Is There a Limit To a Laser's Energy?
(IAAP working on this topic).
I demand proof in the form of a youtube video of your laser!
Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs
Yes, the wealthy love their country more then the poor do, exactly proportionally to the wealth they have. One dollar, one vote!
The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube
Can anybody tell me why?
Obama? The legacy of stupidity? Me being 'atheist' by asking difficult questions?
Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
"Free-to-play" does not literally mean "free to play." It means a game that is specifically designed around microtransactions.
"Freemium" used to be used for games where it's free to play but you could buy premium content for cash. Why call the new ones "free-to-play" if you have to add a footnote saying they're not free to play?
Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong
Just go "My Very Easy Method, Just Set Up Nine ... oh."
Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics
Luckily they never made a sequel.
Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon
that results in a total production of 286 TW, which is 19 times the world's current total energy use
so this project could supply roughly 7% of the worlds electricity
A pretty significant difference.
Physicists Claim First Observation of a Quantum Cheshire Cat
It's a lot simpler. They had one neutron in two places and measured different properties of it in the different places.
The new thing is that it's a bit more "real" that it's the same particle in two places than has been done before. I'd guess it's theoretically impossible to measure the same thing in two places, but I really don't know that much about quantum mechanics.
Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'
If ASICs were available to anyone, the price of bitcoins would be capped by the price of electricity (+ some investment costs for the hardware). Of course, it would be capped by the lowest price of electricity anywhere, so mining would become unprofitable for most current miners. It would be interesting to see what happens then.
How long until someone starts using bitcoin mining instead of storage for temporary overproduction of solar power?
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