Galileo Got Game: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Physics of Basketball

Wired News - 1 hour 45 min ago
In a way, a game like basketball is a physics geek’s delight. It’s a playground where you can apply physics principles to try and get some added insight to the game. You’ve got the interplay of projectile motion and collisions, energy and momentum, and so on. To get you started, here’s a list of five neat pieces […]






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FYI

Michael Prescott - 2 hours 25 min ago

Typepad has been hit with some distributed denial of service attacks which have put some blogs offline and fouled up the posting and commenting on others. Until the problem is fixed, this blog may be offline at certain times, and comments may take longer than usual to post.

In the meantime ...

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Spider vision made clear

Wired News - 3 hours 3 min ago
A new video lets you see inside a spider's head.






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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Slashdot - 3 hours 47 min ago
netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) 'Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking "man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!" We got you covered,' the band says on its Facebook page. 'Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.'"

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WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Slashdot - 5 hours 3 min ago
redletterdave (2493036) writes "In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not the first time that an app has seen a major pop in users after it was acquired by Facebook: When Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012, the service boasted some 30 million users. In one month after the deal, Instagram gained 20 million new users. By July, Instagram grew to 80 million active users. WhatsApp seems to be having a similar growth spurt, gaining roughly 25 million users each month since the Facebook deal was announced."

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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Slashdot - 5 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project."

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The Origins of Consciousness in the Technological Age

Underground Stream - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:57pm

Here's a fascinating panel discussion on "The Origins of Consciousness in the Technological Age " involving Graham Hancock, futurist (and Darklore contributor) Mark Pesce, Dennis McKenna and Mitch Schultz (creator of the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule).

Which reminds me that Graham will be touring Australia in a few weeks - if you're near one of the lecture locations, make sure you take the opportunity to get to one of his presentations:

Hancock will be presenting his radical theories and philosophy at a series of events across Australia including Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Perth. A formidable story teller, Hancock will deliver keynote presentations that draw on his vast body of research, weaving recurring historical themes with profound questions such as: What happens after we die? What is the nature of consciousness? How and when did human culture emerge and what lessons can be learnt from our past?

Highlights from his talks include:

  • An update on his theories first proposed in the book ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ - Hancock provides compelling new evidence that supports his research into a technologically advanced ancient civilisation that was destroyed in a catastrophic event during the end of the last ice age. This will include findings from his own fieldwork into the recent astonishing archaeological discoveries at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and Ganung Padang in Indonesia, which has forced scientists reconsider
    the age of human culture.
  • The War on Consciousness: An extended version of Hancocks controversial TED talk that was banned, then reinstated after an immense public backlash. Hancock sees the “war on drugs” as more like a war on consciousness and an affront to adult liberty. He reveals a personal account of the transformative power of shamanism, ayahuasca and altered states – a story which Russell Brand went on to publish when he was guest editor of the New Statesman magazine last year.
  • Past research into biblical mysteries and also more recent research into the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in Mexico, including the intriguing hidden story behind the tragic confrontation between Moctezuma and Cortés.

Always captivating, continually surprising and forever pushing the boundaries, Hancock entertains, educates and inspires. His presentations take the audience on a dazzling journey through time, delivering a profound message that invites us to challenge conventional paradigms, whilst offering rigorous evidence of much
more profound mysteries.

More information and tickets are available at the website (or click the image below).

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Slashdot - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:17pm
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

Slashdot - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:50pm
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."

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Apple Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Wired News - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:43pm
For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn't lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to.






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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

Slashdot - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:30pm
chicksdaddy writes: "In a now-famous 2003 essay, 'Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly,' Dr. Dan Geer argued, persuasively, that Microsoft's operating system monopoly constituted a grave risk to the security of the United States and international security, as well. It was in the interest of the U.S. government and others to break Redmond's monopoly, or at least to lessen Microsoft's ability to 'lock in' customers and limit choice. The essay cost Geer his job at the security consulting firm AtStake, which then counted Microsoft as a major customer. These days Geer is the Chief Security Officer at In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm. But he's no less vigilant of the dangers of software monocultures. In a post at the Lawfare blog, Geer is again warning about the dangers that come from an over-reliance on common platforms and code. His concern this time isn't proprietary software managed by Redmond, however, it's common, oft-reused hardware and software packages like the OpenSSL software at the heart (pun intended) of Heartbleed. 'The critical infrastructure's monoculture question was once centered on Microsoft Windows,' he writes. 'No more. The critical infrastructure's monoculture problem, and hence its exposure to common mode risk, is now small devices and the chips which run them.'"

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Pulp Hero Flash Gordon May Be Headed Back to the Big Screen

Wired News - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:11pm
Fox has reportedly snagged the rights to pulp hero Flash Gordon. Adapting the character has been popular for decades, with varying results. Here's what it needs to succeed.






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Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

Wired News - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:56pm
American law enforcement has long advocated for universal "kill switches" in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations--one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant.






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Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

Slashdot - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:47pm
sciencehabit writes "Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a conversation in a noisy room. Now, researchers have found a clever way of using cochlear implants to deliver new genes into the ear — a therapy that, in guinea pigs, dramatically improves hearing (abstract)."

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The Witcher 3</em> and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Slashdot - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:26pm
An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,' says the game's level designer, Miles Tost. The game will build on the strengths of The Witcher 2 while attempting to broaden its scope. 'We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.'"

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Solar Eclipse Will Transform Sun into 'Ring of Fire' Next Week

Space.com - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:23pm
The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it.
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Innovation improves drowsy driver detection

Science Daily - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:09pm
A new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel has been developed. "Video-based systems that use cameras to detect when a car is drifting out of its lane are cumbersome and expensive. They don't work well on snow-covered or curvy roads, in darkness or when lane markers are faded or missing. Our invention provides an inexpensive and user-friendly technology that overcomes these limitations and can help catch fatigue earlier, well before accidents are likely to happen," said a developer of the device.
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Drought may take toll on Congo rainforest, NASA satellites show

Science Daily - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:09pm
A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. Scientists use the satellite-derived "greenness" of forest regions as one indicator of a forest's health. While this study looks specifically at the impact of a persistent drought in the Congo region since 2000, researchers say that a continued drying trend might alter the composition and structure of the Congo rainforest, affecting its biodiversity and carbon storage.
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Not just the poor live hand-to-mouth

Science Daily - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:09pm
Thirty to 40 percent of US households live hand-to-mouth, but new research has found that most of those people aren't poor. Stimulus programs -- such as those in 2001, 2008 and 2009 -- are designed to boost the economy quickly by getting cash into the hands of people likely to turn around and spend it. But sending cash to just the very poor may not be the right approach, according to researchers.
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Rural microbes could boost city dwellers' health, study finds

Science Daily - Wed, 23/04/2014 - 9:09pm
The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory disorders among people of lower socioeconomic status might be due in part to their reduced exposure to the microbes that thrive in rural environments, according to a new scientific paper.
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