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Comment: The Point is Proof (Score 4, Insightful) 293

The point here is that the concept of a worm-hole has been theoretical and the domain of Sci-Fi. It is a huge event if we are able to verify. My guess is that the verification will have ramifications in the theoretical physics, simply because so much has been strictly theory.

Comment: So why bother with Brand Recognition (Score 1) 653

by gpronger (#46536221) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow
Fluke is a manufacturer of higher quality testing equipment, and has put in a lot of effort on brand recognition. It is not by accident that these units match. Now it may be that Sparkfun simply purchased a bunch of cheap Chinese units who had copied the trademarked systems, but it's not Fluke who is at fault here nor should be villanized.

Comment: Can't Hire for Lack of Experrience (Score 1) 491

by gpronger (#46359585) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
As an employer of "STEM" individuals, I would disagree on the surplus. Now, the area is fairly specialized as an environmental testing lab, and I wonder if that is part of the issue. For our entry level positions, I expect to need to do considerable training, but if I need an individual with prior experience, it is highly rare for me to receive resumes from more than 1 - 2 individuals that actually have the experience necessary. As a $4M company with a staff of about 15 chemists (as in small to very small business) we are often looking nationally to fill experienced positions. If I had need for a larger labor pool as most of the discussion is really about, does that drive the need for a international labor pool?

So, the question that strikes me, is it that the field has so many very narrow specialties, that the university fundamentally cannot put together the program? Does a company want to drive labor costs down? I do not believe that question needs to be answered. But my perspective, the larger impact is not having qualified staff than the salary.

Finally, and I suspect I am the minority here (at /.) when STEM is discussed, it needs to be remembered that it extends well beyond the computer, and programming disciplines.

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+ - Cold fusion is back-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "America's multibillion-dollar, laser-blasting fusion machine has gotten more energy out of a smidgen of fuel than was put into it — but the most significant thing is how it was done.

The latest experiments, reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature, marked a first for the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. They're the first laser shots to produce a net gain in energy under any definition, and they're also the first to show evidence of a mechanism that's essential if controlled fusion is ever to become a reality."

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+ - "Shark Tank" Competition Used to Select Education Tech

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theodp (442580) writes "With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the tech billionaire-backed NewSchools Venture Fund, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation used a competition based on the reality show Shark Tank to determine which educational technology entrepreneurs would win the right to have teachers test their technology on students for the rest of the year. 'Ten companies, selected from 80 original applicants,' reports Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy, 'had three minutes to convince a panel of educators and then a panel of business brains that their ideas would be a difference maker in middle school math classes.' The winners? Blendspace, which helps teachers create digital lessons using Web-based content; Front Row Education, which generates individual quizzes for students and tracks their progress as they work through problems; LearnBop, which offers an automated tutoring system with content written by math teachers; and Zaption, which lets teachers use existing online videos as lessons by adding quizzes, discussion sections, images and text."

+ - Australian police deploy 3D crime scene scanner-> 1

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Police in the Australian state of Queensland will employ a handheld laser scanner that can be used to map crime scenes, including in areas where there is no GPS reception. The police will use the Australian developed Zebedee laser scanner: A LiDAR scanner that is mounted on a spring. As a user walks around, the spring moves and the scanner captures the surrounding area. Software processing then uses the data to construct a 3D model. Previously the technology has been used to capture areas of cultural significance, such as the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. As an added bonus, the Zebedee looks ridiculous when in use."
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+ - Researchers show-off high-speed laser communications device for space->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Using lasers to communicate quickly through the long distances of space has generally been the purview of science fiction. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are out to change that notion with a prototype array that can read more information — and allow much higher data rates than conventional systems — than usual from single particles of light. Lasers can transmit only very low light levels across vast distances, so signals need to contain as much information as possible, NASA said."
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Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 1) 665

by gpronger (#46228971) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
Exactly. But if we (and I mean that in the collective sense), allow dopes to get elected, who will enact laws like this, then who's to blame.

If you're sitting in the State of South Carolina, it's you and folk who believe a science based education 4 who need to fix this. If South Carolina, has literally the majority of its residents believing this is an appropriate, then there is not much we can do about it.

Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 1) 665

by gpronger (#46228887) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
It seems that there is fairly strong sentiment on the issue, and if so, there should not be a State legislature voting this crap in.

It is very hard to relocate, and pick up a family, but if the State I were in, the true majority of the people believed this, I would think it time for a permanent field trip.

I think though, that those that feel strongly on the issue are getting to the polls in stronger numbers and tipping the balance in favor of these laws.

The religious right is very good at picking up bits and pieces of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and using it to motivate their followers to vote. The center and left pretty much suck at that.

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