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Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-you've-seen-250-million-light-years-of-it-you've-seen-it-all dept.
cylonlover writes "In mankind's attempts to gain some understanding of this marvelous place in which we live, we have slowly come to accept some principles to help guide our search. One such principle is that the Universe, on a large enough scale, is homogeneous, meaning that one part looks pretty much like another. Recent studies by a group of Australian researchers have established that, on sizes greater than about 250 million light years (Mly), the Universe is indeed statistically homogeneous, thereby reinforcing this cosmological principle."

Comment: Re:Zombies are a good placeholder for any disaster (Score 1) 515

by Dr. Knowfun (#37864544) Attached to: Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?
I never said the a Zombie only plan was what was needed. Instead it was a fun way for our family to prepare for all the above disasters - adding in the Zombies made it a little less scary when preparing for a volcano or earthquake which are likely over the long run.

Comment: Zombies are a good placeholder for any disaster (Score 1) 515

by Dr. Knowfun (#37742346) Attached to: Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?
Our family has a Zombie survival plan but not because we expect Zombies. We do expect at least one disaster in the PNW in the next 50 years. If could a volcano, earthquake etc.. The point is to be ready for anything with Flashlights, Food, Shelter and all you need to survive a partial collapse (or complete) of the infrastructure that supports us. Plus we have different rally points for the family depending on what kind of disaster happens, we didn't plan for sparkly vampires but we did draw up plans for Mt Rainer, Mega Quake, Nuclear/Bio Terrorism as well as Zombies. To sum up - People may laugh at us because we have what we call the World War Z plan but really its about being prepared for any disaster.
Cloud

+ - Facebook: We Did Not Approve Anti-Google Campaign->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook first admitted to hiring the PR firm that smeared Google. Now the company is saying it did not authorize a smear campaign against Google. Quoting:

“No ’smear’ campaign was authorized or intended,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “Instead, we wanted third parties to verify that people did not approve of the collection and use of information from their accounts on Facebook and other services for inclusion in Google Social Circles—just as Facebook did not approve of use or collection for this purpose. We engaged Burson-Marsteller to focus attention on this issue, using publicly available information that could be independently verified by any media organization or analyst. The issues are serious and we should have presented them in a serious and transparent way.""

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Star Wars Prequels

+ - LucasFilm Ltd. protects lightsaber design-> 3

Submitted by uvajed_ekil
uvajed_ekil (914487) writes "From the article:
""Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series."

The laser does look vaguely like a lightsaber, or at least the hilt of the Jedi weapon. Nevermind that it is not a lightsaber, is not intended as a weapon, can not be used like a lightsaber, and is not marketed as one. LucasFilm Ltd. has insisted that it be pulled from the market anyway. Is this a legitimate demand to protect intellectual property and a somewhat novel design, given that LucasFilm does not sell a working lightsaber, and has no apparent intentions to develop one?"

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Science

+ - Mobile Medical Lab - The $10 Phone Microscope ->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA has developed a microscope attachment for a cell phone – turning the device into a sort of mobile medical lab. It’s both lightweight (~38g or 1.5 oz) and cheap (parts cost around $10). The cellphone microscope can analyze blood and saliva samples for microparticles, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and water borne parasites. Ozcan and his team have recently won three prestigious awards for the device: a Grand Challenges award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (worth $100,000), the National Geographic Emerging Explorer award (worth $10,000), and the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation ($400,000). With these funds, Ozcan plans on starting case studies in Africa to see how the microscope can help revolutionize global medicine."
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Comment: If it cost money for the institution they should b (Score 1) 295

by Dr. Knowfun (#30332752) Attached to: SETI@home Project Responds To School Firing
If it cost money for the institution they should be able to write off the cost as a donation to SETI@home. Just sayin, if its about money the SETI@home guys could make the offer and make this a win/win instead of more of the usual zero sum game we usually see. Dr. Knowfun "The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat." --Confucius
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

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