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  • The Dark Side of Light

    02/20/2008 7:06:30 AM PST · by EarthBound · 23 replies · 115+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | February 19, 2008 | Lisa Zyga
    Light may not seem very interesting in our everyday lives. But to scientists, light’s properties are a constant source of intrigue. The nature of light as both wave and particle, light as the universal speed limit, and the way light interacts with magnetic fields in the atmosphere to form auroras are a just a few examples of light’s fascinating behavior. Recently, researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of Bristol in the UK have discovered another unusual property of light – or, more accurately, the darkness within light. As the researchers explain, natural light fields are threaded by...
  • Japan's NEC boasts world's most powerful computer

    10/25/2007 8:00:21 AM PDT · by EarthBound · 67 replies · 73+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | October 25, 2007 | Physorg.com
    Japan's NEC boasts world's most powerful computer Japan's NEC Corp. on Thursday announced the launch of what it called the world's most powerful supercomputer on the market, meant for advanced use in the sciences. Since the 1970s, major computer makers such as NEC, Fujitsu and Hitachi in Japan and IBM, Intel and SGI in the United States have been vying to build the most powerful computer, measured in terms of gigaflops and teraflops. NEC said that its latest supercomputer, called SX-9, is capable of calculating 839 teraflops -- or 839 trillion floating point operations per second. "The SX-9 has been...
  • The bees who flew too high.

    04/02/2007 5:45:35 AM PDT · by EarthBound · 77 replies · 3,709+ views
    Honeybees and Sunspots may be interacting in one of the most unwatched ballets since television was created. Metaphorically speaking of course: Imagine an aquarium containing a fish. Imagine also that you are unable to see the aquarium directly and your knowledge about it and what it contains comes from two television cameras, one directed at the aquarium’s front and the other directed at its side. As you stare at the two television monitors, you might assume that the fish on each of the screens are separate entities. After all, because the cameras are set at different angles, each of the...
  • The Supremes, give me some input here

    12/26/2000 5:09:56 AM PST · by EarthBound · 3+ views
      I'd like to ask a qustion of my own: Did you ever believe that the Supreme Court was truley an unbiased arbitrator? In all seriousness here folks, these are just 9 people with a lot of power. Yes, they have YEARS of expertice in matters of law. But when it comes down to it, they were all apointed by different parties. Am I the only one who never truley believed in them or what? Please give me your input