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Submission + - reflected gravitational waves (

WSOGMM writes: "In the couple of weeks since he introduced the idea that superconducting sheets can reflect gravity waves, Raymond Chiao from the University of California, Merced, has been busy with a couple of buddies working out how big this effect is... Chiao and co ask how big the effect of a gravitational wave on a thin superconducting sheet is compared to the effect on an ordinary conducting sheet. The answer? 42 orders of magnitude bigger." Maybe we're getting closer to the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. Or perhaps closer to the question.

Submission + - Body 2.0 - Continuous Monitoring Of The Human Body (

Singularity Hub writes: "Did you ever stop to think how silly and also how dangerous it is to live our lives with absolutely no monitoring of our body's medical status? Years from now people will look back and find it unbelievable that heart attacks, strokes, hormone imbalances, sugar levels, and hundreds of other bodily vital signs and malfunctions were not being continuously anticipated and monitored by medical implants. We can call this concept body 2.0, or the networked body, and we need it now! Singularity Hub reviews the concept of Body 2.0 and the companies that are making it a reality."

Submission + - Fermilab Discovers Untheorized Particle (

alevy writes: "According to, scientists at Fermilab "have detected a new, completely untheorized particle." The article also mentions how (as was previously covered on slashdot) the group over there has recently narrowed the possible range of mass for the Higgs Boson, and goes on to cover recent related SLAC (Stanford University) and KEK (Japanese) advances. I personally love the "we have no idea what we're looking at right now" quote from Fermilab's collider detector team spokesman. The original quote was, "It must be trying to tell us something...So far, we're not sure what that is, but rest assured we'll keep on listening.""
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Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions 369

An anonymous reader writes "Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram feels that he has put together at least the initial version of a computer that actually answers factual questions, a la Star Trek's ship computers. His version will be found on their Web-based application, Wolfram Alpha. What does this mean? Well, instead of returning links to pages that may (or may not) contain the answer to your questions, Wolfram will respond with the actual answer. Just imagine typing in 'How many bones are in the human body?' and getting the answer." Right now, though the search entry field is in place, Alpha is not yet generally available -- only "to a few select individuals."

Submission + - Brazillian Doctors Attempt to make Time Lord ( 1

elric667 writes: "A BRAVE Brazilian man is fighting for his life — with TWO beating hearts inside his body. The unnamed 53-year-old is in a stable condition after a 12-hour operation. But docs at Sao Paulo's Heart Institute fear he only has a 50 per cent chance of surviving. The "new" heart was place on the right side of his chest and is linked to his original heart by a vein, arteries of the lung and the aorta."

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