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+ - Ways to travel faster than light without violating relativity

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: It’s one of the cardinal laws of physics and the underlying principle of Einstein’s relativity itself: the fact that there’s a universal speed limit to the motion of anything through space and time, the speed of light, or c. Light itself will always move at this speed (as well as certain other phenomena, like the force of gravity), while anything with mass — like all known particles of matter and antimatter — will always move slower than that. But if you want something to travel faster-than-light, you aren’t, as you might think, relegated to the realm of science fiction. There are real, physical phenomena that do exactly this, and yet are perfectly consistent with relativity.

+ - Humans could download brains on to a computer and live forever->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Humans could download their brain on to a computer and live forever inside a machine, a Cambridge neuroscientist has claimed.

Dr Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion connections in the brain their it would be possible to exist inside a programme.

Dr Critchlow, who spoke at the Hay Festival on ‘busting brain myths’ said that although the brain was enormously complex, it worked like a large circuit board and scientists were beginning to understand the function of each part.

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Comment: Re:Considerable resources? (Score 1) 214

by arobatino (#49239079) Attached to: Billionaire Teams Up With NASA To Mine the Moon

From Barney Miller S07E18 Lady and the Bomb:

00:19:53 Okay, and then you and everybody else will go on making more and more.
00:19:57 And eventually you're gonna run out of places to put it, right?
00:20:00 That is a problem that we're trying to solve, and there are a number of long-range solutions.
00:20:06 Oh, yeah? yeah.
00:20:07 Opening new dump sites, use of salt domes, abandoned mines for long-term storage.
00:20:13 We may even find a permanent solution by rocketing our waste into space, out of the earth's atmosphere, traveling harmlessly out of our solar system.
00:20:25 And what if there's life out there that's not particularly interested in dealing with our garbage?
00:20:31 Well, then I guess they will just have to send it back.

Comment: Leave a DNA sample (Score 1) 698

I know it's not exactly what you're asking, but DNA sequencing is getting cheaper, our ability to understand it is growing, and yet it never occurs to most people to save a DNA sample. At some point, when sequencing becomes cheap enough to do casually (not just for medical purposes) people WILL start to understand its value, and wish someone had saved samples from their ancestors, not just some old photos. It's possible to arrange for the samples to be frozen indefinitely, at low cost, for future sequencing (since current technology is not only expensive, but more importantly, isn't actually capable of reading the entire genome yet).

Comment: Re:This is not about revisionism or censorship ! (Score 1) 193

by arobatino (#48476043) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

We enjoyed being forgotten until google came along. This is not about imposing a "new" right, this is about enjoying what we the previous generation has as a freedom. This is about reclaiming what search engine stole from us. As I already said multiple time on slashdot, a society which do not forget , helped by a seaerch engine, is a pathologic society which does not forgive, and ruins potentially lifes forever.

Google is a memory prosthesis. The fact that such a thing did not exist until recently, does not mean that there has ever been a right to ban it. We're in a transitional period where people haven't yet learned to adapt to it by properly discounting the importance of long-past events. If we just ban it now, we never will. The damage done by the transitional period is temporary, that caused by continuing to forget as before is not.

"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana

+ - Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 Released

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: Build 9879 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is being pushed out. One feature that is likely to be popular in 9879 is the ability to hide the Search and Task View buttons on the taskbar. Other improvements include new smooth window animations, in response to feedback that the previous animations were "a bit jarring". The "3 dots" — a stable of Modern UI design — are no more, and are replaced with 3 horizontal lines. A lot of issues with system hangs and app crashes have been fixed. A bunch of new touchpad gestures were introduced, too. OneDrive got a "selective sync" feature, allowing users to choose exactly what files and content they want synced to their PC. There are big improvements for Internet Explorer, with the introduction of new Edge rendering engine, focusing on interoperability. Edge will only be available in IE for 10% of testers. As the icing of the cake, Matroska Videos can now be directly watched in Media Player.

Comment: Misleading Title (Score 3, Interesting) 249

by arobatino (#48306357) Attached to: New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

On Earth, maybe. It's not a theoretical limit - the article itself points out that you can put the clocks in space.

Ye suspects the only way we will be able to keep time in the future is to send these new clocks into space. Far from the earth's surface, the clocks would be better able to stay in synch, and perhaps our unified sense of time could be preserved.

Comment: Re:Speak for yourself, Mr. Emanuel (Score 1) 478

by arobatino (#47969957) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

You lost me when you assigned an arbitrary number as your cutoff rather than defining the cutoff on reasonably definable measures of physical and mental health.

Yes. Not only that, from the article:

As for the two policy implications, one relates to using life expectancy as a measure of the quality of health care. Japan has the third-highest life expectancy, at 84.4 years (behind Monaco and Macau), while the United States is a disappointing No. 42, at 79.5 years. But we should not care about catching up with—or measure ourselves against—Japan. Once a country has a life expectancy past 75 for both men and women, this measure should be ignored. (The one exception is increasing the life expectancy of some subgroups, such as black males, who have a life expectancy of just 72.1 years. That is dreadful, and should be a major focus of attention.)

Not only did he pick an arbitrary number, but he believes it should be used as public policy.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson