xt (225814) writes "A team of physicists, lead by the University of Bonn's Martin Weitz, have managed to create a Bose-Einstein condensate (detailed explanation here) out of photons, previously thought to be impossible. The research was published in the journal Nature and has possible applications on solar energy technology and shortwave lasers, which would be well-suited to the manufacture of computer chips as the process uses lasers to etch logic circuits onto semiconductor materials. Seems like Moore's law is safe again!" top
xt (225814) writes "The Boltzmann equation is old news. What's news is that the 140 year old equation has been solved, using mathematical techniques from the fields of partial differential equations and harmonic analysis, some as new as five years old. This solution provides a new understanding of the effects due to grazing collisions, when neighboring molecules just glance off one another rather than collide head on. We may not understand the theory, but we'll sure love the applications!" top
xt (225814) writes "If you think Vista is just a visually glorified version of XP, not worthy of your money, rejoice; using the free Vista Transformation Pack, you can transform your Windows user interface to ultimate Windows Vista! The project has no ties with Microsoft. It's a clever hack, replacing various resources and files to achieve the Vista look. Details and downloads at the project's forum and various other sites!"