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Submission + - Stanford researchers discover the 'anternet' (stanford.edu)

stoilis writes: "A collaboration between Deborah Gordon, a Stanford ant biologist, and Balaji Prabhakar, a computer scientist, has revealed that the behavior of harvester ants, as they forage for food, mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.

The work is published in the Aug. 23 issue of PLoS Computational Biology."

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Submission + - The Unbearable Lightness of Quantum Mechanics (wavewatching.net)

quax writes: For almost a century, ever since Einstein published his theory of General Relativity, a truly unified theory has been evading physicists . After decades of efforts, String theory and other mainstream approaches (so far) failed to deliver. This article takes a look at why it is so hard to reconcile Einstein's masterpiece with Quantum Mechanics and why there's hope that newly proposed experiments may eventually rectify the situation.
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Submission + - 'Big brother' lamp posts can hear, see and bark 'Obey!' at you (rt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: America welcomes a new brand of smart street lightning systems: energy-efficient, long-lasting, complete with LED screens to show ads. They can also spy on citizens in a way George Orwell would not have imagined in his worst nightmare.

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