Unlikely_Hero writes: Edward Lorenz, considered one of the fathers of chaos theory, died of cancer Wednesday, April 16th at the age of 90. Lorenz was a meteorologist by trade but always loved numbers and in 1972 presented his paper "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?" which, along with the shape of the Lorenz accelerator, gave birth to the term "butterfly effect".
Dr. Lorenz, you will be sorely missed.
Unlikely_Hero writes: The world's oldest known audio recording was played back for the first time today by a group of historians, audio engineers and scientists dedicated to preserving humanity's earliest sound recordings. The recording, made by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860, was made via an early phonograph called a phonautograph . Interestingly enough, Scott never intended to play the recording back. He intended to study the recording visually. The press release and an mp3 file of the sound are available .
Unlikely_Hero writes: National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell has confirmed in an interview with the El Paso Times that AT&T and Verizon have both been helping the Bush Administration conduct wiretaps. He also claims that only 100 Americans are under surveilance, that it takes 200 hours to assemble a FISA warrant on a telephone number and suggests that companies like AT&T and Verizon that "cooperate" (read, collude) with the Administration should be granted immunity from the lawsuits they currently face regarding the issue. Full text available here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20396282/
Unlikely_Hero writes: Jack Valenti, one of the copyright industry's most aggressive lobbyists, has died at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. How will he be remembered 50 years from now? As the man who lead hollywood away from the Hays Code which prohibited most violence and frank discussion of sex or as the crusader of the MPAA obsessed with the 'danger' of copyright infringement?