Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?
From TFA: "If a golf ball were to fly fast enough, it would be better off with a smooth skin."
The dimples make things better at low speeds, and worse at high speeds.
Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts
Oblig. http://xkcd.com/242/ :)
Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling
No, no! Here come the Men In Black!
A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls
He's a physicist. He'll have assumed a spherical wall in a vacuum.
Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast
Actually, Great Whites don't even hunt us out of necessity: We are literally useless to them as food. All they ever do to us is take a bite, realize their mistake, and carry on looking for a worthwhile meal.
The trouble is, given their method of taking a bite involves slamming into their target at high speed and sinking hundreds of teeth in, you may well have been torn in half by the time they go "oops" and spit you back out...
Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast
As has been shown time after time, the loss of apex predators is disastrous for all levels of an ecosystem.
(If you want examples, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... - loss of wolves lead to over-grazing by elk; reintroducing them not only sorted the elk problem but boosted the numbers of beaver colonies, resulting in less erosion; pushed the cougars back to their traditional grounds; reduced the numbers of coyotes, which increased the number of foxes and thereby decreased the numbers of rodents, which altered the survival rates of various seeds and fungi... a whole cascade of improvements triggered by the return of a single predator.)
Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But
Right, because satellite communications, GPS, Teflon, water purification systems... none of these have improved our lives at all.
Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q... - second sentence
The Big Bang's Last Great Prediction
Look up inflation.
UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law
I like the ease of travel to other EU countries that i have with my EU passport.
I personally also like the fact that some of the insanity that the idiots in charge have wanted to do have been blocked by EU rules...
Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter
RTFA - you wouldn't get any element.
Graphene Could Be Dangerous To Humans and the Environment
> Carbon shows signs of potentially being rather nastier in its fancy forms
That's like saying "Some types of technology can harm your health".
Carbon is a very versatile element, it can take many forms. Some will be good, some will be bad, some will have no impact.
e.g. There are signs of it being extremely beneficial in buckyball form: http://www.gizmag.com/diet-buc...
Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation
And then you can build a mega-city out of such mega-buildings. And then Judge Dredd can't be far behind :)
Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
..,pharma compnaies are "barely regulated"?
You really do have no idea what you're talking about, do you?
Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth
It's not bribery, it's a "campaign contribution"
It should be no surprise that a system run by corrupt politicians passes laws that makes corruption legal..
Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL
"it is how a few thousand of us feel about the whole thing"
Then maybe you thousands should stop complaining and start contributing to the project, which is so under-resourced problems like this are pretty much inevitable.
Data Mining the Web Reveals What Makes Puzzles Hard For Humans
Yup, see http://perl.abigail.be/Talks/S... for an interesting example of how a Sudoku puzzle can be solved via Regex :)
Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong
Imagine you set up a ridiculously-powerful computer to simulate a universe - literally a particle-by-particle perfect simulation. (You might need this to be a fairly small universe, of course)
The simulation begins with everything in one tiny place and then it explodes outwards, cools down, matter starts to coagulate, etc. etc.
Within the simulation, there was no time before that universe's Big Bang. You could pause and even rewind the simulation and this could never be noticed from inside. The simulation only has 'knowledge' of what happens within the simulation.
Imagine your tiny universe evolves life, and it becomes intelligent. Can you imagine any way, any way at all, that that intelligent life could look at the simulated universe, and from it work out that it's a simulation? Can you think of a way they could find out what kind of computer it's running in? Can you imagine a way they could work out what the universe the computer exists in is like? Can you imagine any way, at all, in which the inhabitants of that universe could ever come to be aware of you yourself, unless you intervened and told them about yourself directly?
The difficulty that that simulated universe would have in working out how the computer works and what the rules of OUR universe are, are AT LEAST as great as the difficulties that we face in working out what, if anything, gave rise to our own universe. Questions like "What was before the Big Bang?" and "What's outside the Universe?" are at best almost impossibly difficult to answer, and at worst as meaningless as "Where's the end of a circle?"
That's why nobody's busy trying to find out. Now because nobody's interested, but because we don't even understand our own universe yet, so how the hell do we stand any chance of working out what's beyond it?
Measles Outbreak In NYC
I think you're ok for gluten, but I know a few people who can't have vaccines because they're cultured in eggs, to which they're allergic.
Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will
I believe you're in favour of much-reduced copyright terms - a few years rather than the endless decades of today.
If copyright were reduced to, say, five years, then the vast majority of GNU code would become public-domain - copyleft depending on copyright as it does, this would mean anyone could create a closed-source fork of, say, emacs. How do you feel about that?
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