Illusionary Time

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"That means an observer that reads the clock influences the photons' universe and becomes part of it."

Via New Scientist

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Adding Insult to Injury

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I can see this ending well.

Disaster? Here, have a rocket crash into your troubled area with hundreds of pounds of heavy stuff.

Converted Ballistic Missiles Could Launch Aid to Disaster Zones

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Bad Science

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Bad science doesn't help anyone. The last thing you want is people to distrust science.

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Thermoelectric Bracelet

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I really need one of these. When the seasons change in Australia, since our houses generally lack much insulation or heating/cooling controls, sleeping can get annoying. Too hot when trying to fall asleep. Too cold half way through the night! Gah!

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The Quantum Jewel

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I don't quite understand all this, but it makes me excited anyway. It also curious that Buddhism, which has described reality well enough that it's got scientists interested in it, mentions jewels a lot. Co-incidence I'm sure, but I think it's a kind of neat co-incidence.

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Hell Bent

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I like his reasoning about faith and it's challenges.

"And this is where it gets tricky. Because to many believers, faith, not works, is the only guarantee that one can pass God’s litmus test and gain access to His divine kingdom. To lose one’s faith is to literally damn oneself. So tests to that faith must be avoided at all costs. Better to be a philosophical coward than a theological failure."

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Sleep and Brain Damage

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"Many neurological diseases—from Alzheimer's disease to stroke and dementia—are associated with sleep disturbances, Nedergaard notes. The study suggests that lack of sleep could have a causal role, by allowing the byproducts to build up and cause brain damage. "This could open a lot of debate for shift workers, who work during the nighttime,” Nedergaard predicts. "You probably develop damage if you don’t get your sleep.""

via ScienceMag.org

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Levitation With Sound!

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"Turns out, all acoustic levitation requires is blasting out sound at extremely loud levels (160 decibels – the deafening sound of a rocket launch) at a high enough frequency (24,000 hertz – the frequency of a dog whistle) that the human ear can’t detect. When those two conditions are met, some fascinating things start to happen."

Via WashingtonPost

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Exercise Drinking Motivational Posters

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These quotes make just as much sense when placed over images of people drinking, but have suddenly become much funnier

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Tiny Computer

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Tiny computers like the Raspberry Pi are pretty cool, but the Pi itself is pretty slow and there's some projects I'd like to use it for which it just can't quite handle, such as running a Squid proxy server or a monitoring application I use for work. These work on the Pi, but only barely. In the case of my monitoring application, the screen refreshes kind of slow to be almost useless. I do have other computers I can use but a tiny computer with less cables, noise and space would be way better.

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