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  • The World's Smallest Computer Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

    04/04/2018 12:27:23 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Seeker ^ | 4/3/18 | John Dyer
    IBM has developed the world’s smallest computer, which could help track objects, foil counterfeiters, and boost efficiency. A computer as big as a grain of salt could transform shipping that crisscrosses the planet, said IBM researchers who recently unveiled the experimental device. Using blockchain technology that would provide a secure and efficient log of physical objects tagged with the tiny computers, shippers could track goods at every step of extended supply chains, foiling counterfeiters and upping efficiency, Dan Friedman, senior manager of communication circuits and systems at IBM Research, told Seeker. “That’s what we want to do — something that...
  • The Alien Observatory --"We May Soon Discover Worlds That Host Lifeforms with Strange...

    04/02/2018 6:23:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 46 replies
    In 2016, NASA sequenced DNA in space for the first time, but alien life, we may soon discover, may be vastly different on other planets and moons, particularly as we expand our efforts to explore ocean worlds with our solar system and beyond. “Most strategies for life detection rely upon finding features known to be associated with Earth's life, such as particular classes of molecules,” the researchers wrote. DNA and RNA are the building blocks of life on Earth, but the molecules of life might differ substantially on another planet. A new paper by scientists at Georgetown University, published online...
  • The Difficult Birth of the "Many Worlds" Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

    03/26/2018 9:56:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 3/21/18 | Adam Becker
    The Difficult Birth of the "Many Worlds" Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Hugh Everett, creator of this radical idea during a drunken debate more than 60 years ago, died before he could see his theory gain widespread popularity   By Adam Becker on March 21, 2018 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+Stumble Upon Credit: Garik Barseghyan Pixabay Over several rounds of sherry late one night in the fall of 1955, the Danish physicist Aage Petersen debated the mysteries at the heart of quantum physics with two graduate students, Charles Misner and Hugh Everett, at Princeton University. Petersen was defending the...
  • Paul Allen's Ginormous Stratolaunch Carrier Plane Rolls Out for 1st Time

    05/31/2017 10:21:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies ^ | 05/31/2017
    The colossal Stratolaunch carrier plane rolled out of its hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, today (May 31) to undergo fueling tests. It's the first public look at the full craft —which is designed to launch rockets into orbit from the sky — since construction began. "We're excited to announce that Stratolaunch aircraft has reached a major milestone in its journey toward providing convenient, reliable, and routine access to low-Earth orbit," Stratolaunch Systems Corp. CEO Jean Floyd said in a statement. "This marks the completion of the initial aircraft-construction phase and the beginning of the...
  • A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones

    10/25/2014 2:08:48 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    Nature ^ | 10/24/14 | Alexandra Witze
    The bizarre behaviour of the quantum world — with objects existing in two places simultaneously and light behaving as either waves or particles — could result from interactions between many 'parallel' everyday worlds, a new theory suggests. “It is a fundamental shift from previous quantum interpretations,” says Howard Wiseman, a theoretical quantum physicist at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, who together with his colleagues describes the idea in Physical Review X1. Theorists have tried to explain quantum behaviour through various mathematical frameworks. One of the older interpretations envisages the classical world as stemming from the existence of many simultaneous quantum...
  • Scientists Confirm World's Oldest Creature...But Kill it Determining Its Age

    11/14/2013 8:21:14 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 14 2013 | JON DAVID KAHN
    2006, climate change experts from Bangor University in north Wales found a very special clam while dredging the seabeds of Iceland. At that time scientists counted the rings on the inside shell to determine that the clam was the ripe old age of 405. Unfortunately, by opening the clam which scientists refer to as "Ming," they killed it instantly. Cut to 2013, researchers have determined that the original calculations of Ming's age were wrong, and that the now deceased clam was actually 102 years older than originally thought. Ming was 507 years old at the time of its demise.
  • The World's Oldest Hate Metastasizes

    09/17/2013 9:35:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/17/13 | Richard Baehr
    A review of Demonizing Israel and the Jews by Manfred Gerstenfeld, RVP Press, New York, 2013 In the six years 1939-1945, two thirds of Europe's 9 million Jews were executed by gunfire, starved to death, or incinerated in gas chambers during the Holocaust. While Nazi Germany was, of course the principal actor in this mass human slaughter, the Germans found many willing collaborators among the legions of Jew haters in countries they conquered, occupied, and recruited from for the slave labor and death camps. For a few decades after the end of the war, in part due to guilt for...
  • World's Ugliest Woman

    09/13/2012 9:59:47 PM PDT · by rawhide · 38 replies ^ | May 15, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    She made her national debut on Maury in 2009, and a YouTube clip grabbed from the show titled “Most Ugly Woman in the World” has garnered almost 5 million hits. It probably doesn’t help that CBS, the New York Daily News, the Telegraph, and even the German Der Spiegel all equally sensationalized her as “the girl who must eat every 15 minutes to survive” or “doctors baffled by world’s thinnest woman.” At 23, doctors think Lizzie Velasquez has a form of the rare neonatal progeroid syndrome, which accelerates her aging and makes it almost impossible to gain weight. Blind in...
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Uncle Sucker, World’s Rent-a-Cop

    03/27/2011 9:11:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 3/27/11 | Diana West
    I’ll admit, there is an argument – a thin, riddled, web of an argument – that it was U.S. interests that drove military interventions gone wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t buy the argument: As it morphed into a nation-building fantasy, it became disastrously, tragically and recklessly mistaken. But I can see at least that tarnished glimmer of national interest flash in the sludge before sinking from sight.Nothing like this is to be found in the sands of Libya. This is why the weirdo-bizarre assault on Gadhafi’s forces led, but supposedly not really,
  • The world's largest neutrino telescope – made from a giant cube of ice at the South Pole

    01/03/2011 9:44:44 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 22 replies
    Live Science ^ | 12/20/2010 | Live Science staff
    The world's largest neutrino telescope – made from a giant cube of ice at the South Pole – aimed at detecting subatomic particles traveling near the speed of light has been completed, researchers announced today (Dec. 20).
  • Are there hidden costs to over-dependence on China? Japan just found out

    09/27/2010 12:05:57 PM PDT · by goldendays · 26 replies ^ | 09/27/2010 | Matthew E. Kahn,
    "China mines 93 percent of the world’s rare earth minerals, and more than 99 percent of the world’s supply of some of the most prized rare earths .. Japan has been the main buyer of Chinese rare earths for many years, using them for a wide range of industrial purposes, like making glass for solar panels. They are also used in small steering control motors in conventional gasoline-powered cars as well as in motors that help propel hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius. American companies now rely mostly on Japan for magnets and other components using rare earth elements, as...
  • Crisis Awaits World’s Banks as Trillions Come Due (And You think we've got problems?)

    07/11/2010 7:34:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/11/2010 | Jack Ewing
    FRANKFURT — The sovereign debt crisis would seem to create worry enough for European banks, but there is another gathering threat that has not garnered as much notice: the trillions of dollars in short-term borrowing that institutions around the world must repay or roll over in the next two years. The European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund have all recently warned of a looming crunch, especially in Europe, where banks have enough trouble raising money as it is. Their concern is that banks hungry for refinancing will compete with governments — which also must...
  • UAE unveils world's first gold bar vending machine

    05/13/2010 11:18:55 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 692+ views
    Arabian Business ^ | Thursday, 13 May 2010 | Elsa Baxter
    The world’s first gold bar vending machine has been unveiled at Emirates Palace. The Gold To Go machine, itself covered in 24-carat gold, dispenses one, five and 10 gram bars as well as one ounce bars of gold, the National reported on Thursday. Six gold coins of varied weights and engraved with symbols of gold-producing nations Canada, Australia and South Africa, are also dispensed by the machine. About AED175 will buy a one gram bar, AED760 a five gram bar and AED4,645 an ounce, the paper reports. “It brings gold to the public,” Thomas Geissler, the chief executive of Ex...
  • World’s hottest chilli comes from Grantham

    04/01/2010 9:46:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 835+ views
    The Sun ^ | 4/1/10 | JANE HAMILTON
    THIS is the world's hottest chilli - bred in rainy Grantham, Lincs, but so fiery it can put diners in HOSPITAL. The variety out-scorches its nearest rival, which is so hot it is used in mob-control grenades by the Indian Army. Tests by Warwick University rate the new variety at 1,067,286 on the Scoville Scale which is used to measure the heat of peppers. The former record-holder, the Indian Bhut Jolokia, is 1,041,427. A jalapeno measures just 2,500 to 5,000. Weapons-grade pepper spray is 2,000,000.
  • World's oldest plant is 13,000-year-old oak that survives by cloning itself.

    12/23/2009 7:12:57 AM PST · by granite · 46 replies · 2,045+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 1:21 PM on 23rd December 2009 | By Claire Bates
    A plant that started life during the last Ice Age is still going strong in the arid scrublands of California, scientists revealed today. Researchers believe the Jurupa Oak has been around for 13,000 years, making it the oldest living plant in the world. The oak is made up of a community of cloned bushes and scientists believe it has managed to survive the extreme effects of climate change by regenerating.
  • List of World's Largest News / Information Companies (PLEASE HELP)

    07/17/2009 11:07:29 PM PDT · by PureSolace · 8 replies · 488+ views
    See Above | Right Now | Me, Myself & I
    Hi Everyone. I'm looking for your help. I'm trying to compile a list of the world's largest news and information companies. (Things like AP, Reuters, CNN, Breitbart, Fox News, Sky News, etc.) Also, if you have any information for which one is the largest (maybe a top 10 list for info.) And I don't mean large as in how much money... I mean large as in their tentacles spread far and wide and they have reporters in every nook and cranny. All I ask is that you be honest, give me your best research (or guess) as well as any...
  • World's Largest Stuff - Awesome

    04/28/2009 10:58:14 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 6 replies · 1,014+ views
    Now That's Nifty ^ | 04 28 09 | Nick
    It took Gregory Dunham 3 years to build, and it cost him 300.000$. But then he’s also got a 3.429 m (11 ft and 3 inch) tall behemoth of a contraption sporting 500hp and a whooping top speed of 65 mph. World's largest arcade machine. The machine is 13 feet tall, has about a 70-inch screen.
  • World's poorest increase despite growth: UNCTAD

    07/17/2008 12:26:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 79+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/08 | Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Record growth in the world's poorest countries has failed to prevent an increase in their total numbers of poor people, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Thursday. Recent rising food costs threaten to undercut what modest progress has been achieved, while three quarters of people living in least developed countries (LDCs) still survive on less than $2 a day, it said in a report. Income under $2 a day does not allow most people to meet basic needs for food, water, shelter, health or education, the Least Developed Countries Report 2008 noted. The...
  • World's Best Presentation Contest

    04/22/2007 5:06:35 AM PDT · by Denise_Clark · 5 replies · 465+ views ^ | 21st April 2007 | Denise Clark
    All good things come to end for them to give a fresh new start all over again. The first ever World's Best Presentation Contest is ending soon. The contest is still wide open and one can witness the best presentations from all over the world. The best Creative minds are competing against each other for this prestigious award. The judges will announce there results later, please have a look at my personal top 5 presentations. I am sure the winner is one of them. Shift Happens – Jbrenman Originally designed by Karl Fisch, the same presentation was reworked by...