Thursday, September 30, 2004
Quantum cryptography updates: "Swiss on a Roll With Quantum Crypto" and "NEC Achieve 10-Fold Increase in Quantum Cryptography Key Generation Rate". (Via IPList.)
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
"A novel method of optical data storage could soon be used to hold a terabyte of data on a disk the size of a normal DVD, say researchers at Imperial College London, UK..."
Monday, September 27, 2004
"Ins and Outs of Teledildonics": Wired has a review of the Sinulator, a remote cybersex device that connects to the USB port of one's personal computer. As the article explains, "...a man can be thrusting in Cleveland while a woman is penetrated in Seattle, and the cybersex experience gets one step closer to the holodeck."
"Klingons for Kerry": A recent poll of the Klingon population of Portland, OR, showed that 75% of them supported John Kerry for president, whereas 25% supported Satan and 0% supported George Bush. One reason they cited was their belief that the current war in Iraq was based on deception and hence dishonorable. (Via Volokh Conspiracy/Hanah Metchis.)
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Physicists have devised a method to speed up the rate of decay of a radioactive element.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
Update on the "Home Computer" picture: The photograph is apparently a Photoshopped hoax. Reader Mike Jaeger pointed out,
That is the control panel from an old naval nuclear reactor. On the far right is the EPCP (electric plant control panel) where the electrical operator on watch ("EO") controls power flows and breaker positions (notice the schematic laid out with switches for breakers). In the middle section is where the reactor operator ("RO") sits. He shims the control rods up and down in the reactor core with the lever (the L shaped lever just in front of the horizontal bar) and on the left is the throttleman station (usually manned by electricians). The large wheel is used to open/close ahead steam valves to the propusion shaft, while the smaller wheel is used to open/close back steam (astern throttles). The two wheels would be used in conjunction with each other to get the shaft to stop from a forward rotation, and then go in reverse (ahead steam is removed and astern steam applied to stop the shaft). The different gauges are specific to each station, with the throttleman concerned about power to steam flow ratios, steam pressures, etc. The RO cares about primary water avg. (coolant) temp, pressures, etc. The EO is watching vital bus voltages, and charging the battery with a trickle charge.Thanks for the correction, Mike!
Thought you may like to know that (I used to sit on the far right, but on a newer version of that same panel).
The home computer of the year 2004 as envisioned in 1954. The caption reads:
Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look like in the year 2004. However, the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the FORTRAN language, the computer will be easy to use...I just want to know what the giant steering wheel will be used for. (Via Metafilter.)
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Friday, September 17, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
The real-life "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld will be going national. The stores will be called "The Original Soup Man" and franchises can be purchased for $30,000 (plus 5% of the gross sales). BTW, the owner Al Yeganeh hates Jerry Seinfeld, and the franchises will not be allowed to use the term "Soup Nazi" in their promotional literature.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Monday, September 06, 2004
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Friday, September 03, 2004
"A private lab in Dallas is set to try something never before attempted by scientists who investigate crimes: separate the DNA of identical twins to try to show which member of the pair committed a crime." (Via Linkfilter.)
Brain scan studies show that dyslexia is not the same in every culture. In particular, dyslexics reading character-based languages (like Chinese) have different brain abnormalities than dyslexics reading alphabet-based languages (like English). More information here.