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Comment Re:backside illuminated sensor (Score 2, Interesting) 1184

For those interested: This was published 2 months ago http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010PhRvL.104o8102L

It seems the human eye wasn't an 'evolutionary flaw' after all as some proclaimed. Quote: "The retina is revealed as an optimal structure designed for improving the sharpness of images."

Basically: The blood vessels can act as wave guides for the incoming light. Cool!

Comment Re:Hey, (Score 2, Interesting) 215

Ah, the thought of comparing a postman reading mail to rape. I wonder what moral relativism will look like for my grandchildren. Oh, and in the UK they arrest you for just about anything these days. I'm sure you know about the guy arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/05/03/2010-05-03_gay_cop_arrests_preacher_for_saying_homosexuality_is_a_sin.html

Google Street View Shoots the Same Woman 43 Times 106

Geoffrey.landis writes "Terry Southgate discovered that his wife Wendy appears on the Google Street View of his neighborhood not once or twice but a whopping 43 times. From the article: 'It seems as if the Street View car simply followed the same route as Wendy and Trixie. However, Wendy was a little suspicious that the car was doing something on the "tricksie" side. Several of the Street View shots show Wendy looking with some concern towards the car that was, well, to put it politely, crawling along the curb. "I didn't know what it was doing. It was just driving round very, very slowly," Wendy told the Sun.' The next best thing to being a movie star — a Street View star!"

Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All 269

cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that's impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole." That said, they estimate the required energy for creating a black hole this way to be roughly "a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum"; though if one of the theories requiring compact extra dimensions is true, the energy could be lower.

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