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Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles 156

Posted by timothy
from the can-we-call-them-dirac's-revenge? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nearly 85 years after pioneering theoretical physicist Paul Dirac predicted the possibility of their existence, an international collaboration led by Amherst College Physics Professor David S. Hall '91 and Aalto University (Finland) Academy Research Fellow Mikko Möttönen has created, identified and photographed synthetic magnetic monopoles in Hall's laboratory on the Amherst campus. The groundbreaking accomplishment paves the way for the detection of the particles in nature, which would be a revolutionary development comparable to the discovery of the electron." That's quite a step beyond detecting monopoles; the Nature abstract is online, but the full paper is paywalled.

Comment: Re:Trending political procedures... (Score 2) 314

by XnavxeMiyyep (#44842801) Attached to: NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City
Seattle has something similar on the 520 bridge. People with out of state license plates don't get billed. Last I checked, occasionally locals would get bills in the mail (in unmarked white envelopes, of course) if they had the same license plates as the out-of-state ones.

Comment: Re:Preserve Cultural Heritage (Score 1) 155

by XnavxeMiyyep (#43843935) Attached to: <em>Star Wars</em> Episode 4 To Be Dubbed In Navajo

I'm not sure how they manage to do it, seeing as how much longer most of the text on signage and product packaging becomes so much longer when translated.

Written like someone who's never studied French! A large portion of the letters are silent (also their vowels are pronounced more quickly than in English).

"Ils nagent" (they swim) is pronounced like "ill naj".

Comment: Re:rediculous (Score 1) 604

by XnavxeMiyyep (#43505733) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
This is, in part, because municipal annexation is difficult in Massachusetts. If you compare the "urban" (4.18 million) and "metro" (4.59 million) populations, you'll see that it's comparable to other large cities with a larger city proper. For instance, Berlin's Metro area is 4.5 million. Maybe not competitive with the top 50 cities, but easily comparable to the top 100 in the world.
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash 359

Posted by Soulskill
from the isn't-that-why-people-watch-nascar dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Dozens of fans attending a NASCAR race at Daytona Speedway were injured when a crash during the last lap triggered a chain reaction, culminating in the front section of Kyle Larson's car ricocheting into the fence in front of the stands (Larson escaped injury). While the footage accompanying the article is dramatic enough, an even more riveting clip showing the chaotic scene in the stands from up close was posted on YouTube, but was taken down after NASCAR claimed it violated their copyright . YouTube has since restored the fan's video. A NASCAR spokesman has issued a clarification, saying that the takedown request was done out of respect for those injured. The race was an opening act for the main event, the Daytona 500, which officials say will proceed as scheduled. 'With the fence being prepared tonight to our safety protocols, we expect to go racing tomorrow with no changes,' Speedway President Joie Chitwood told CNN."

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