SETI Founder Outlines Ambitious Future Plans
On of the central assumptions in SETI is that another civilization is broadcasting strong radio waves at the Earth continuously, something we don't do for anywhere. The assumption is that this other civilization will starting using radio mostly for this purpose of being found.
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist As Energy Secretary
I would guess that anyone who heads a national laboratory should probably be thought of as more of an administrator than scientist, regardless of background in science. He isn't just an administrator, he is a high ranking administrator for a DOE run lab. He will know who and what he is dealing with far better than some random politician. Bush appointed a NASA insider as an administrator (so a background in science), and most anyone in NASA will say he is far better than any of their previous bosses. This story has proven, if nothing else, how few details people need to know to make bold, outlandish statements.
Sun Unveils RAID-Less Storage Appliance
I could easily be wildly off here, but I am pretty sure I spotted a raid controller in the picture of 7110. It was in the position of the raid controller on other sun 2U boxes, and it looked like a raid controller, so.....
How To Cut In Line and Not Get Caught
Because it was conducted by researchers in a field where the name is prefixed by "social." Basically, if the name of something starts with social, then it will be bullshit, overinflated bunch of hype over something obvious. Look at social networking. Social Science/Psychology is no different, if not worse. Whenever I see anything from that general area of study, I am always amazed that so many people can make a living doing such basic work so badly.
Fictional Town "Eureka" To Become Real?
From the nuclear weapons perspective, the knowledge is distributed, but only slightly; a great deal of the infrastructure for the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons lies in a few towns with DOE-funded national laboratories. There isn't a single point of failure exactly, but a great deal of arcane and classified knowledge rests in each spot on specific subjects, such as the design knowledge in Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. A great deal of the needed nuclear materials are in just a few spots too, such as Oak Ridge (Y-12 describes itself as the "'Fort Knox' for highly enriched uranium"). Obviously, each of these spots have intense security, but if a few of these spots were really hit hard, the US's nuclear program would be crippled for a long period.