Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules For More Effective Teleportation
Humanity has entangled stuff bigger than photons; The Biggest "Spooky" System Ever Seen: 4 Entangled Ions (Jun 2009) and Entangled diamonds , big enough for the eye to see (Dec 2011). We haven't managed the information transportation part with anything other than photons though but we're doing well on distance; quantum key transmitted wirelessly 144km.
Scrabble Needs a New Scoring System
Original Joshua Lewis (the researcher) blog posting: Rethinking the value of Scrabble tiles
I've developed an open source package called Valett for determining letter valuations in word games based on statistical analyses of corpora. In addition to calculating the frequency of each letter in a corpus, Valett calculates the frequency by word length and the incoming and outgoing entropy for each letter's transition probabilities. One can then weight these properties of the corpus based on the structure of the game and arrive at a suggested value for each letter..
In the World of Big Stuff, the US Still Rules
Except is does have Robotic Trucks.
Doctors Transplant Same Kidney Twice In Two Weeks
On QI: H Series - Episode 4 they calculated the approximate total cost for a human body to be about £500,000 including the organs, meat (£1.32/Kg), leather, carbon (coal), bone meal (fertiliser) as well as the various metals the body contains; QIXL Series H S08E04 Humans
James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive
The test dives all went well past the 8,000 meter mark and I'm sure the sponsors wanted the deepest point moniker attached to the venture. There are many mountains more challenging to climb than Everest but everyone want to go to the highest none the less.
All along he's said that it's about the science and having reached the deepest point I'm sure they'll be visiting those places that maximise the science. James Cameron says he does not want this dive to the deep to be a one-off, and wants to use it as a platform for ocean exploration.
Having reached the deepest point there is no where marked off limits and there are several other ventures out there on the same Race to the bottom of the Ocean quest.
Mystery Rising Within Mercury
Perhaps try the BBC article: Mercury has been 'dynamic world'
"Many scientists believed that Mercury was much like the Moon - that it cooled off very early in Solar System history, and has been a dead planet throughout most of its evolution," said Maria Zuber, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
"Now, we're finding compelling evidence for unusual dynamics within the planet, indicating that Mercury was apparently active for a long time."
Dr Zuber and her colleagues used laser measurements from Messenger to map out a large number of impact craters, and found that many had tilted over time. This suggests that geological processes within the planet have re-shaped Mercury's terrain after the craters were created.
A process called polar wander can cause geological features to shift around on a planet's surface.
In theory, the process of convection going on within the mantle could drive such changes. But Dr Zuber said this would be unusual in Mercury's case, because the mantle is so thin.
Another potential explanation could be that features on the surface were distorted as the planet's interior cooled and contracted. This fits in with observations that some surface features on Mercury have been exposed to high levels of stress.
A Paper Alloy To Replace Plastic Cases
The idea behind this is that is can be manufactured from recycled materials more effectively, it doesn't mention how recyclable the product is itself.
Compared to plastic, the materials needed to make Paper PP Alloy are easy to retrieve.
The mixture of different plastics causes the major issues for effective plastic recycling.
When it comes to 3D TV:
Are you sure it's the glasses? "Have you ever noticed that the picture in your local movie theater is too dark or grainy? The Boston Globe does some good ol' fashioned investigative reporting to find the culprit.
OTOH James Cameron did insist on double the normal number of projectors for the premier of Avatar to ensure he got the colour he wanted. It's a shame that subsequently no one else gets to see it like that.
What Makes Spider Webs Tough As Steel
Were the spiders on drugs too?
Pirate Bay Founders Lose Final Appeal
Result of GPL enforcement: More work available to the public.
Result of shortening copyright: More work available to the public.
The difficulty is the big studios don't want this otherwise there will be plenty of entertainment experiences for us all to enjoy without paying our tithe to them. To keep making money, churning out the same experiences over and over, the old experiences need to be as hard to access as possible.
The Rise and Fall of Kodak
A few excerpts from Kodak develops: A film giant's self-reinvention (Feb 2010) seem to suggest they just couldn't transition fast enough rather than became irrelevant.
... every Oscar winner for Best Motion Picture in the past 81 years has used Kodak film... 65 percent of Kodak's business now comes from business-to-business products and 70 percent of them are digital. Hayzlett's message is simple: every aspect of Kodak's business has been reinvigorated by winds of change.
The usual explanation is that Kodak failed to see the approach of digital.
In fact, Kodak was more than ahead of its competitors: it invented the digital camera -- even though it lacked the foresight to exploit it.
Syrians Using Donkeys Instead of DSL After Gov't Shuts Down Internet
The Virtudyne Digital Donkey finally comes of age.
NASA Gravity Probe Confirms Two Einstein Predictions
Not exclusively USA
Some 100 students achieved their PhDs by working on some aspect of the mission during the many years it took to develop, build and then fly the probe.
Most of these PhDs were earned at Stanford, and at the universities in Huntsville; and in Aberdeen, UK. More than 350 undergraduate students also worked on GP-B, including one who later became the first female American astronaut in space, Sally Ride. Another was Eric Cornell, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001.
Voyager Set To Enter Interstellar Space
Genuinely a brilliant lifetimes work, here's a nice write up by the LA Times on Ed Stone the Voyager lead scientist.
Can You Beat a Computer At Rock-Paper-Scissors?
Playing in veteran mode when I loose, and then stubbornly refuse to change my choice, I'll constantly loose as the computer then 'correctly predicts I would play scissors' or whatever losing choice I've made repeatedly. Surely at some point it should think I won't be that dumb any more and I'll change my choice so shouldn't it change it's choice at some point too? Why does it always stick with it's winning choice? How many of the previous 200,000 rounds would have over twenty consecutive choices of scissors for it to always choose rock. Having "convinced" the computer I'll play scissors every time I can then win when I eventually choose paper. I can't get more than three consecutive ties though.
For some reason I'm reminded of Derren Brown recording for hours on end until he got twenty consecutive heads in a coin toss in one take.
Mathematics As the Most Misunderstood Subject
When I am working on a problem, I don't think about beauty, but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful then I know it is wrong - R. Buckminster Fuller
My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..
I always seem to make negative progress on a Wednesday so I ask myself if I didn't come to work at all surely that would be a positive productivity gain. Tried that rational with my boss and he suggested trying Saturday instead so for now I'll just stick to going backwards on my projects on Wednesdays.
X Particle Might Explain Dark Matter & Antimatter
Well said sir! As an example, Frame-dragging was proposed as a theory in 1918 based on Einstein's theory of General Relativity but wasn't able to be tested until 1996 with a couple of special satellites and even then not accurately enough to be provable until 2006. Since we had barely left the ground let alone orbit the earth at that point I'm sure it must have seemed un-testable at the time.
Mount Everest Gets 3G Service
The man you refer to is Rob Hall who at the time had climbed Everest more times than any other non-Sherpa. He was leading a group of paying climbers that he wouldn't abandon to save his own life. I recommend reading the Jon Krakenauer book Into Thin Air which covers the biggest tradgey on Everest that occured whilst the IMAX team were filming. Ed Shears and David Breshers part of the IMAX team were part of the rescue effort. From the outside the world of high altitude climbing does appear to be about thrill seeking but like most things we don't truely understand there is so much more to it.
In UK, Hacker Demands New Government Block Extradition
I'm not sure you have followed the facts of the case. He admitted his crime, was charged in the UK with those crimes and had bail terms set with curfew and zero access to computers or the internet. I'm sure he would have eventually gone to court and served whatever punishment was set by UK courts. Unfortunately whilst on bail the US Government decided to use a fast track extradition treaty deisgned to be used for terrorists to get him in court in the US. In order to scare him into not contesting the extradition hey had threatened to throw the book at him and jail him for 50 years. He is not using Asperger's as an excuse to proclaim his innocence of these crimes since he freely admits what he did. The real debate is how serious is the offence he comitted, where to punish him and what level of punishment his offence deserves? The actions of the US government don't seem proportional to his actions.
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