top Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots
It isn't an either/or situation.
Vaccines take time to develop, produce, and administer. Bodies are piling up right now. These roboticists want to Do Something and this is what they know how to do.
top 2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit
Is this the space version of Controlled Flight Into Terrain? All the other mishaps I can recall were equipment failures, barring the satellite collision.
top Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball
Very well said, Sir or Madame AC!
top Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change
AC, this is the most cogent statement ever! Fresh out of mod points but you deserve +5 Insightful.
top A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream
Fused-filament is actually welding because the molten material is the same as the 'base' material. The real problem is shrinkage in going from melt to solid. The same problem occurs in 2-part polymers since they shrink as they both polymerize and cool. (They get bleep-ing HOT during the process!) Some of the other processes (selective UV curing, selective laser sintering) avoid that problem and produce much better surface quality but at the cost of even longer build times and extremely more expensive materials.
top Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion
Note that Chicago has its own gun laws in addition to those of IL. Some have been struck down by SCOTUS but they are still considerably more restrictive than the state laws.
top 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman
I did wonder about that, having read that all nerve tissue is light-responsive. What would sunlight do to thought processes? Trans Cranial Optical Stimulation?
top Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA
The committee was chaired by a Congress-critter named Church. Nothing whatever to do with religion.
top Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data
1. Sell empty promises now.
2. Wait for your "customers" to die. 3. No 'Profit!' because you bolted with the money during Step 2.
Look for them to avoid any preview of the avatar,
top Could We "Wikify" Scholarly Canons?
One aspect of "accessibility" is certainly the freedom of access, to get a copy of the paper. This aspect is being discussed most and for good reason.
A second dimension, less discussed, is readability. Scholarly articles are written to be information-dense and unambiguous, communication from a specialist to another of the same. Writing more broadly readable articles is difficult and really not in the skill set of most science specialists. The more expository translation of a scholarly article will be longer than the original and will take a great amount of work to develop. Who is going to do this and how will they be compensated? I think we need an even greater breakthrough than the Internet for this one.
top The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex
Rectilinear "pouch" type lithium-polymer batteries are mostly flexible. It's the glass in the display that isn't. Finding another oxygen barrier that flexes is the real breakthrough.
top US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force
This is centuries-old hat in all kinds of precision equipment. Just think about the slides on the massive old machine tools. They are crisscrossed with grooves and the flat surfaces are flaked to reduce contact and let slide oil help keep the metal surfaces apart.
Whoever launched this as an amazing new discovery should be painfully embarrassed. Don't even want to spend time for links - just search if you're interested.
top South African Research Team Creates World's First Digital Laser
Spatial light modulators to shape laser beams were big stuff 25 years ago but I haven't seen mention of them for a very long time. Is there really anything new in this work or is it something (nearly) forgotten being rediscovered?
top How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas
Keep going back -- look up Whiskey Rebellion.
top New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA
I think it would be an obvious move to have the NSA monitor "our" Congress-critters. Add their staffers, all the top people in the political parties, consulting companies and lobbyists. This is a manageable target size, all composed of people who presume to control public resources.
As a group these people have caused more damage than all terrorists put together.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?
A shock collar might not be sufficient. Seriously, in my considerable experience with this situation the biggest problem is their expecting a quick sound-bite to tell them everything they want. When that fails, as it must, they will blame you.
A second issue is their weak math/logic skills for mentally organizing complex new information. Your one-sentence syllabus is already far too much information for any C-level person to absorb in one sitting.
Rather than trying to be complete and accurate, you should identify a list of simple facts you want them to know. Express each fact in a simple sentence with visceral impact. Emphasize it with a physical prop. Example: "Real-world software is more complex than most people realize." Related prop: Source listing, on paper, of software they can relate to their own work life. (Strap it onto a dedicated $25 hand truck for easy re-use.)
Do not try to paint a big picture, it will just annoy them and they will direct that annoyance at you.
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top DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip
Smart but misguided, one might say
... about a year and a half ago
top Google Glass and Surveillance Culture
Kudos, AC. That is both the funniest and most insightful comment here.
about a year and a half ago
top Smartest Light Bulbs Ever, Dumbest Idea Ever?
Poster was talking about traffic signal lights and they can get covered by wind-driven snow.
about a year and a half ago
top National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional, Banned
A modestly positioned judge has taken a stand against what most of us here oppose. What can we do? Make noise!
Write your congrescritters -- real letters, made of paper. Call your local TV stations and urgently express your desire that they talk this up repeatedly. Use social media to praise the judge too. about a year and a half ago
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