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Science

Submission + - CERN physicist says Dark Matter is an illusion (physorg.com)

anonymousNR writes: CERN physicist has a new theory on explaining the rotational curves of galaxies. According to him

“The key message of my paper is that dark matter may not exist and that phenomena attributed to dark matter may be explained by the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum,” Hajdukovic told PhysOrg.com. “The future experiments and observations will reveal if my results are only (surprising) numerical coincidences or an embryo of a new scientific revolution.”

Given the many theories around explaining various observations in recent times, there seems to be a breakthrough is on its way in our understanding of the cosmos.

Science

Submission + - No Sleep, Better Mood (abcnewsradioonline.com)

anonymousNR writes: Matthew Walker at the University of California, Berkeley, and his team found some interesting things about people with no sleep.
There is a nature article with probably more details but its behind a pay wall.
Given the amount of sleeplessness slashdot community suffers, you may want to know that if you didn't sleep last night "it is good for you"

Communications

Submission + - 3-D holographic video chat hack using 2 kinects (popsci.com)

anonymousNR writes: The list of hacks using kinect now gets a 3d video chat hack, very crappy quality and finish but very cool.

Oliver Kreylos, the Kinect-hacking pioneer who you might remember from our earlier roundups, can't seem to stop pushing the Kinect's 3-D holographic capabilities. This newest hack involves two Kinect sensors, a virtual office, and, improbably, a Nintendo Wii controller, but the end result is pretty amazing: Holographic video chat in full 3-D.

Will this be a kickoff, do people really care about having holographic presence of someone, or video is enough ? Will the future generations want this, I remember cisco or citrix tried something like this a while ago.(not holographic but realtime like)

Privacy

Submission + - Gmail Call Recording Appears To Be Rolling Out Wid (techcrunch.com)

anonymousNR writes: Back in August, Gmail launched what is perhaps my favorite new feature ever: integration with Google Voice, which lets you make and receive calls directly from your computer.

Earlier this month, there were some initial reports that Google had improved on this feature with a nifty addition: the ability to record inbound Google Voice calls directly from Gmail. Now it looks like Google is rolling out the feature more broadly ââ we've polled a few people and they're all seeing it, and there are plenty of reports on Twitter of people noticing it for the first time.

Technology

Submission + - Robot Makes Ethical Decisions : Discovery News (discovery.com)

anonymousNR writes: A software program takes into account the different obligations a robot must face — such as doing good, not causing harm — when deciding how to act.

In the case of a patient taking medication, the robot's program weighs the potential benefits the patient will have if she takes her medicine, the harm that may come to her if she doesn't and also her right to autonomy. In the video demonstration below (complete with funky background music), the robot reminds the patient to take the medication and then after the patient says "no" a couple of times, decides finally to tell the doctor.

really do we want this kind of robot for medical help ???

Education

Submission + - The Child-Driven Education (huffingtonpost.com)

anonymousNR writes: Education Scientist from India Sugata Mitra has done a brilliant job in opening a new methodology of teaching and learning with the help of internet. Instead of working on improving schools, he directly worked on the aspect of teaching and learning itself.
Its amazing what children can accomplish when "we" let information be availabel to them instead of channelling information and dumbing it down to "make kids understand".

Theres a ted video link also available in the article.

Submission + - Mozilla's open system for video subtitles (drumbeat.org)

anonymousNR writes: Mozilla's drumbeat starts off a project to put subtitles on every video available out there.

web video is beginning to rival television, but there isn’t a good open resource for subtitling. Here’s our mission: we’re trying to make captioning, subtitling, and translating video publicly accessible in a way that’s free and open, just like the Web.
Our approach:

  • Make a simple and ubiquitous way to request, create, and translate subtitles for any video
  • Work with others to define open protocols so that whenever subtitles for a video exist, any website or video player will be able to retrieve them
  • Create a community space for people who subtitle video, to encourage contributions and facilitate collaboration

sure this sound like a great idea. Because recently after those "The Downfall" videos one might ask is it worth the trouble.

Google

Submission + - Amazon, MS and Yahoo against Google's Library (bbc.co.uk) 1

anonymousNR writes:

Three technology heavyweights are joining a coalition to fight Google's attempt to create what could be the world's largest virtual library. Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo will sign up to the Open Book Alliance being spearheaded by the Internet Archive. They oppose a legal settlement that could make Google the main source for many online works. "Google is trying to monopolise the library system," the Internet Archive's founder Brewster Kahle told BBC News.

The article criticizes the approach that is being taken by Google.

Robotics

Submission + - Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intenti (sciencedaily.com)

anonymousNR writes:

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to anticipate (or question) actions could make human-robot interactions more natural.

I don't know if reading intentions is the right word here, it may be a media thing. But robots that actually can correct mistakes and help to complete a given task is something that would be very interesting to work with. This could be a very good step forward in robotics because joint work with a human is something that allows scientists to design a much "clever" robots.

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