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  • Deleted user 16 September 2013 23:52:18
    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 24,331 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).
  • Fake_Blood 19 Sep 2013 16:11:25 5,126 posts
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    Yeah well Feynman could play the bongos.
    Very interesting read.
  • Deleted user 19 September 2013 22:08:59
    Newly discovered?





    I played that one years ago.
  • chopsen 19 Sep 2013 22:52:31 17,332 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 3,932 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 6,500 posts
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    New Island appears off the coast of Pakistan after the recent earthquake
  • DrStrangelove 4 Oct 2013 23:10:26 6,542 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 20,591 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 14,263 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
  • Deleted user 22 October 2013 23:18:08
    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 15,780 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 20,591 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 5,126 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 7,481 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
  • Deleted user 12 February 2014 22:52:41
    Science inches closer to real BioShock-style plasmids



    Edited by Bremenacht at 22:53:09 12-02-2014
  • mothercruncher 19 Feb 2014 07:50:11 9,922 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 3,793 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 62,319 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.
  • Razz 21 Feb 2014 12:32:00 62,319 posts
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    *bump*
  • ecu 21 Feb 2014 12:42:41 77,906 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 62,319 posts
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    So the NSA can have scans of the inside of our homes. ;o)
  • L0cky 21 Feb 2014 12:56:15 1,736 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 1,736 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 39,936 posts
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    This is not science!
  • Deleted user 24 February 2014 00:34:08
    Chinese T-1000 in development.
  • phAge 27 Feb 2014 08:57:21 24,551 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 3,007 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 24,551 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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