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Lord of the Rings Physics Homework

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 12:48pm
I don’t think I am going to give any Lord of the Rings spoilers here. The books are over 50 years old and even the first movie (the Peter Jackson version) was released in 2001. So let me just say that at one point, Gandalf fights a monster and essentially dies. That sucks for Gandalf […]






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What It Takes to Win the World’s Highest Computer Science Honor

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 12:02pm
[HTML1] One summer afternoon in 2001, while visiting relatives in India, Subhash Khot drifted into his default mode — quietly contemplating the limits of computation. For hours, no one could tell whether the third-year Princeton University graduate student was working or merely sinking deeper into the living-room couch. That night, he woke up, scribbled something […]






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WTF Just Happened: My Computer Monitor Looks Awful on Camera

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
Why do your monitors look wrong when you point a camera at them?






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Facebook’s Quest to Build an Artificial Brain Depends on This Guy

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
It’s good to be Yann LeCun. Mark Zuckerberg recently handpicked the longtime NYU professor to run Facebook’s new artificial intelligence lab. The IEEE Computational Society just gave him its prestigious Neural Network Pioneer Award, in honor of his work on deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence meant to more closely mimic the human brain. And, […]






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Stirring Portraits of People Forced to Live in Flooded Homes

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
Every year, from June through October, neighborhoods in Chittagong, Bangladesh are flooded five or six times per month by an overflowing Karnaphuli River. Photographer Jashim Salam has been documenting what it's like to live knee-deep in this water for days on end.






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The 10 Best Non-Jaws Movies to Round Out Your Shark Week

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
In the summer of 1975, Steven Spielberg unleashed a new kind of terror on the world with the release of Jaws. In the four decades since its release, dozens of filmmakers have attempted to recapture the primal fear that Jaws instilled in its audiences. Most have failed miserably. But if you look hard enough you'll discover a handful of other genuinely entertaining shark movies that are set far from Amity Island. Now that Discovery Channel's Shark Week winding down, here 10 non-Jaws movies you can watch to keep the Great White party going.






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The Gyroscopes in Your Phone Could Let Apps Eavesdrop on Conversations

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
In the age of surveillance paranoia, most smartphone users know better than to give a random app or website permission to use their device’s microphone. But researchers have found there’s another, little-considered sensor in modern phones that can also listen in on their conversations. And it doesn’t even need to ask. In a presentation at […]






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How to Create a Logo for a Space Engine That Physicists Can’t Explain

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
"It's kind of a wacky intro, but stick with me, it gets good," explains the designer.






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Stop Writing Dystopian Sci-Fi—It’s Making Us All Fear Technology

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
But for their capacity to change the way people think and feel about technology, the stories we tell ourselves can save us---if we can just escape the cool veneer of our dystopian house of horrors.






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Full-Screen Flip Out

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
The relatively low weight and long battery life of Toshiba's Satellite Radius P55W come at the expense of power.






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Awesome New Action Figures for Alien and Other ’80s Classics

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
ReAction Figures feature ’80s classics like Escape From New York, nerd canon fodder like Back to the Future and The Goonies, and even Pulp Fiction characters.






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The Humble WWI Biplane That Helped Launch Commercial Flight

Thu, 14/08/2014 - 10:44am
World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the fours years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins it helped bring about. Aviation was in its infancy at the start of World War I, but it had revolutionized […]






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Meet the First Woman to Win Math’s Most Prestigious Prize

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:51pm
As an 8-year-old, Maryam Mirzakhani used to tell herself stories about the exploits of a remarkable girl. Every night at bedtime, her heroine would become mayor, travel the world or fulfill some other grand destiny.






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A Hair Salon Guru’s Next Big Thing: Ending Shampoo

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:51pm
“I honestly think in five years people are going to go, ‘Oh God, remember when we used to wash our hair with shampoo?’” says Michael Gordon.
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The Internet Has Grown Too Big for Its Aging Infrastructure

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:36pm
Yesterday, the 20,000 customers who use a Lansing Michigan web hosting company called Liquid Web had some big internet problems. The reason: the internet grew too big for the memory chips in the company’s Cisco routers. Think of it as the internet’s latest growing pain. It’s a problem that networking geeks have seen coming for […]






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The Wildest Machines From Auto Racing’s Lawless Glory Years

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:20pm
Rules and regulations are generally a good thing in motorsports. They mandate a certain level of safety and can keep the races interesting, since competing vehicles must have similar styles and engines. But if you want proof that keeping the rulebook short and sweet breeds excitement and innovation, just take a look at Can-Am Racing. […]






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The Man Who Turns Buildings Into Giant Video Screens

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 7:04pm
A nearly 300-page book that looks back at the sprawling career of Doug Aitken.






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Computerized Noses May Someday Sniff Out Drug Money at Border Crossings

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 5:17pm
A chemical sensing company is working on a device that can detect the smell of money.






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Edward Snowden: The Untold Story – Comments

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 11:08am
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Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 11:08am
If the NSA still doesn’t know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it’s not because of Edward Snowden’s attempts to cover his tracks. On the contrary, the NSA’s most prolific whistleblower now claims he purposefully left a trail of digital bread crumbs designed to lead the agency directly to the files he’d copied.






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