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  • Bremenacht 16 Sep 2013 23:52:18 19,345 posts
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    Ah, so that teleport thing is entanglement, so you could teleport yourself anywhere in the universe, as long as you were also at the destination in the first place. Hurrah!
  • mal 19 Sep 2013 14:53:18 22,787 posts
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    https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20130917-a-jewel-at-the-heart-of-quantum-physics/

    A picture tells (at least) a thousand words (or Feynman diagrams maybe).

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Fake_Blood 19 Sep 2013 16:11:25 4,380 posts
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    Yeah well Feynman could play the bongos.
    Very interesting read.
  • Bremenacht 19 Sep 2013 22:08:59 19,345 posts
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    Newly discovered?





    I played that one years ago.
  • chopsen 19 Sep 2013 22:52:31 16,202 posts
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    See? Jeff Minter knows.

    Also, isn't that one of those irritating "this is really clever and important but too complicated to explain" pop science things.
  • grey_matters 19 Sep 2013 23:09:40 3,859 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    See? Jeff Minter knows.

    Also, isn't that one of those irritating "this is really clever and important but too complicated to explain" pop science things.
    It depends. It is just a pre-print for now so it is wise to wait for the peer-review publication. They do have enough positive quotes from heavy hitters (Witten etc) to give it a certain amount of weight but it will be time and exposure that will make it or break it.
    So much coverage in the Press Office style getting a wide audience certainly hints at a market of people wanting something new and revolutionary in physics though, which is kinda interesting in itself.
  • senso-ji 26 Sep 2013 14:26:19 5,999 posts
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    New Island appears off the coast of Pakistan after the recent earthquake
  • drip 4 Oct 2013 23:10:26 4,593 posts
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    Does warrant its own thread, but in reality, doesn't probably even warrant a post.

    However, are we just 3D waste of a failed 4D star?

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 23:11:04 04-10-2013
  • Salaman 8 Oct 2013 12:47:26 19,453 posts
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    A Belgian wins the Nobel physics prize! \0/

    Or so I was lead to believe by the Belgian media. headlines Then I went to the BBC site and discovered two of them won it together. Funny how media skew a story like that. :-)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24436781

    Edited by Salaman at 12:48:13 08-10-2013
  • DaM 8 Oct 2013 13:02:36 13,438 posts
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    It's not the Englert boson is it?! Our media is worse in trying to claim Mr Higgs as Scottish, when he just lives and works here. They just add it to the list of Scottish inventions/discoveries :)

    Edited by DaM at 13:05:21 08-10-2013
  • Bremenacht 22 Oct 2013 23:18:08 19,345 posts
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    The San Andreas fault is about to open, tipping California into the Pacific.

    What other conclusion can you take from two fish being found on beaches?
  • TheSaint 20 Nov 2013 10:13:29 14,704 posts
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    The future is here:

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/20/5125006/philips-desso-light-transmissive-carpets
  • Salaman 20 Nov 2013 10:54:46 19,453 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    It's not the Englert boson is it?! Our media is worse in trying to claim Mr Higgs as Scottish, when he just lives and works here. They just add it to the list of Scottish inventions/discoveries :)
    Yeah, François Englert (B) and Peter Higgs (GB).
  • Fake_Blood 20 Nov 2013 11:01:15 4,380 posts
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    I think the brits don't even have a "ç" on their keyboard so François Boson is out :/
  • sirtacos 13 Jan 2014 13:58:55 7,345 posts
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    Wild dolphin pods like to get high together.

    dolphins apparently had learned just how much of the toxin would safely intoxicate them, and they carefully chewed the fish and then passed it among themselves.
    “After chewing the puffer gently and passing it round, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.”
    Edited by sirtacos at 18:47:04 14-01-2014
  • Bremenacht 12 Feb 2014 22:52:41 19,345 posts
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    Science inches closer to real BioShock-style plasmids



    Edited by Bremenacht at 22:53:09 12-02-2014
  • mcmothercruncher 19 Feb 2014 07:50:11 7,504 posts
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    Neuroscientist invents app that improves long vision by 30% and gives you better than 20/20 vision if you don't currently wear glasses.
  • EMarkM 19 Feb 2014 08:06:21 3,316 posts
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    @mcmothercruncher There used to be a book for sale, it probably still gets advertised in the Mail on Sunday and such, that claimed to help you improve your eyesight by means of exercises.

    I asked my optician about it years ago, and he said it was based on heavily-flawed studies carried out in the early twentieth century and was definitely not of any use at all.

    The article you have drawn my attention to makes me wonder otherwise :)
  • Razz 21 Feb 2014 03:25:41 61,583 posts
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    Google Project Tango



    Yeah... I'm never buying into that. Firstly I don't see a need for this and secondly I have a more than a few concerns about privacy. GCHQ wet dream.

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  • Razz 21 Feb 2014 12:32:00 61,583 posts
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    *bump*

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  • ecu 21 Feb 2014 12:42:41 77,229 posts
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    I had to watch with the sound off, what's the point of it?
  • Razz 21 Feb 2014 12:47:23 61,583 posts
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    So the NSA can have scans of the inside of our homes. ;o)

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  • L0cky 21 Feb 2014 12:56:15 1,550 posts
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    Basically, after the initial excitement, it turned out that AR is rubbish. Of all the AR implementation I've seen, the following is true:

    1. The tracking is poor. The overlay is never believable because it can't keep up with minor movements, destroying any illusion that what you're seeing is actually there.
    2. The device has no understanding of depth. It requires a fairly basic shape to act as a reference point (usually in the form of a card), and it will basically draw a 2d plane wherever that shape is detected and translated to. So if you put it near a ledge, things will hover over the ledge in the air; if the reference shape goes out of view the whole thing stops working; if lighting conditions make the shape difficult to understand, same.
    3. The device has no understanding of lighting. This means that the overlay always looks out of place and will never be believable. 3d objects aren't shaded as they would be if they were actually there, etc.

    I think this project is an attempt to address #2 & #3 by allowing the device to scan the surrounding environment for both depth and light. This information can then be used for more believable overlays, that take the environment into account in both behaviour and rendering.

    I think #1 is just a performance issue and will just get better as devices become more powerful, so the overlay position can be updated more often (and therefore be more tolerant of user movement).

    @Razz what are your privacy concerns? Can't really think of anything that relates specifically to anything in the video.
  • L0cky 21 Feb 2014 12:57:11 1,550 posts
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    Well, you just answered that then I guess. They will know about your sex dungeon :p
  • mcmonkeyplc 21 Feb 2014 13:08:50 39,515 posts
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    This is not science!

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Bremenacht 24 Feb 2014 00:34:08 19,345 posts
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    Chinese T-1000 in development.
  • phAge 27 Feb 2014 08:57:21 24,412 posts
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    www.kickstarter.com/projects/2054592112/mini-museum

    The Mini Museum - AKA The most brilliant Kickstarter I've seen in a while.

    I got the Large version.

    Edited by phAge at 08:58:44 27-02-2014
  • JoeBlade 27 Feb 2014 09:46:29 2,615 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Chinese T-1000 in development.
    A "technical" article with direct comparisons to Terminator 2 and 'our robot overlords' in the URL. The Register has become the Daily Mail of technology for sure.
  • phAge 27 Feb 2014 09:55:39 24,412 posts
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    I'll just pimp that Mini Museum once Again. If you have any interest in the history and/or the natural sciences it really is worth a look.
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