Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wild Talents: A Hypertext Edition of Charles Hoy Fort's Book

Upon the evening of March 4th, 1905, in the Sanders' home, in the bedroom of their housemaid, there was a fire. Nobody was at home, and the firemen had to break in. There was no fireplace in the bedroom. Not a trace of anything by which to explain was found, and the firemen reported: "Origin unknown." They returned to their station, and were immediately called back to this house. There was another fire. It was in another bedroom. Again -- "Origin unknown."

Wild Talents: A Hypertext Edition of Charles Hoy Fort's Book

Friday, April 29, 2011

Boost Your Brain's Power With a 9-Volt Battery and Some Wet Sponges - Technology News by ExtremeTech

It seems, with the help of a 9-volt battery, wire, crocodile clips, and wet sponges, you can increase your brain's performance and, more importantly, return your brain to its younger, more malleable and learning-receptive state.

Boost Your Brain's Power With a 9-Volt Battery and Some Wet Sponges - Technology News by ExtremeTech

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sony admits utter PSN failure

Sony has finally come clean about the "external intrusion" that has caused the company to take down the PlayStation Network service, and the news is almost as bad as it can possibly get. The hackers have all your personal information, although Sony is still unsure about whether your credit card data is safe. Everything else on file when it comes to your account is in the hands of the hackers.

In other words, Sony's security has failed in a spectacular fashion, and we're just now finding out about it. In both practical and PR terms, this is a worst-case scenario.

What did they get?


Monday, April 25, 2011

From Me To You — Jamie Beck, NYC Photographer

Friggin awesome animated photos.

From Me To You — Jamie Beck, NYC Photographer

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Has the LHC found a hint of the Higgs boson?

Physics blogs are alive with chatter about a possible sign of the Higgs boson – or perhaps an entirely unexpected particle – in data from the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. But the claim has not gone through the experiment's vetting process and could easily turn out to be wrong, physicists say.

Short Sharp Science: Has the LHC found a hint of the Higgs boson?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Mystery signal at Fermilab hints at 'technicolour' force - physics-math - 07 April 2011 - New Scientist

Mystery signal at Fermilab hints at 'technicolour' force - physics-math - 07 April 2011 - New Scientist

Just over 20 years ago, Lane, along with Fermilab physicist Estia Eichten, predicted that experiments would see just such a signal. Lane and Eichten were working on a theory known as technicolour, which proposes the existence of a fifth fundamental force in addition to the four already known: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Technicolour is very similar to the strong force, which binds quarks together in the nuclei of atoms, only it operates at much higher energies. It is also able to give particles their mass – rendering the Higgs boson unnecessary.

The new force comes with a zoo of new particles. Lane and Eichten's model predicted that a technicolour particle called a technirho would often decay into a W boson and another particle called a technipion.