anzha writes: Sometimes it might best to keep things secret. Craig Steven Wright is having his house raided by the Australian Federal Police after having been outed by Wired Magazine as potentially being the creator of bitcoin, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. The Australian Federal Police have referred all inquires about the raid to the Australian Tax Office.
anzha writes: I was walking through Orinda, California on Thursday night, October 22nd, 2015 and low and behold, just like something out of Back to the Future, the Slashdot PT Cruiser was there at the corner of Bates and Davis. I snapped a shot for the/. crowd. Given my experience with PT's,/. must have hacked the frack out of it for the/. PT to still be running. My mechanic used to call my family PT the 'Pity.'
anzha writes: Scientists working with experimental subjects Spain and France demonstrated direct brain to brain communication without intrusive surgery. The words 'ciao' and 'hola' were encoded via electroencephalogram (EEG) and decoyed via transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). An error rate of 11 percent was detected on the decoding side and 5 percent on the encoding. Synthetic telepathy is coming. Is the next big thing the 'Thinking Cap?'
anzha writes: After sponsoring a NASCAR racer, DogeCoin's community has wondered, "What next?" The answer is literally "To The Moon!" RevUp Render is sponsoring a DogeCoin promoting micro rover challenge, the Lunar Iditarod. The micro rovers, called DogeSleds, are the size of an smart phone and will be first qualified and then raced here on Earth. The top three competitors will be placed on a Google Lunar X PRIZE team's lunar lander to conduct a short, nine meter race on the moon itself. Registration opens on May 21st and closes July 31st for the first race. The first quarterly race will take place September 5th through September 7th. The event will be public and in the San Francisco Bay Area. All teams, international and American, are welcome, but be forewarned, all fees are in...dogecoin!
anzha writes: Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully demonstrated the first brain to brain interface. One college successfully controlled another's movements. The implications of the demonstration of the technology is pretty profound, even if its in a very early and ideal form. Beginning of Star Trek's Borg? Or David Gerrold's Teep Corps?
anzha writes: On the heels of warning supercomputers are about to hit a wall, the Chinese unveiled Tianhe-2. This machine can do 55 to 53 petaflops peak performance and 27 to 29 petaflops on linpack. This number has been confirmed by three sources with people on site. In other news, Titan feels roshamboed.
anzha writes: "Team Phoenicia and Techshop — Menlo Park are hosting the Second Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar on Nov 12/13 in Menlo Park, CA. The Nanosat Launcher Challenge where teams must place two separate 1U cubesats into a verified orbit on two separate launches in one week with a first place prize of $2 million. The seminar will cover the draft rules, test/launch sites, how teams can raise the funds, introduce suppliers for the teams, and allow the teams themselves to present. While the seminar itself is not free, there will be a free lecture at Techshop by NASA about the Centennial Challenges at 5 PM on Nov 12. The draft agenda is here."
anzha writes: Team Phoenicia and Techshop are cosponsoring a seminar on NASA's Nanosatellite Launcher Challenge on November 6th, 2010 at 1 PM. The Nanosat Launcher Challenge is a competition to redo Sputnik with a single kilogram payload by private entities within the US. Presenting at the seminar will be NASA and its allied organization, FAA, California Space Authority, Spaceport America, Friends of Amateur Rocketry, Vog Rockets, and Team Phoenicia. The seminar is meant to be a combination of challenge promotion, networking, scoping the difficulty and requirements, and options for help for those teams. The draft rules will be presented for feedback at the seminar by the allied organization. The seminar is open to the public.
anzha writes: Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!
anzha writes: "On Saturday, after the vaunted First Team Summit was completed in Strasbourg, The Southern California Selene Group announced publicly that they are dropping out of the Google Lunar X Prize. Citing very strong differences in opinions over how the X Prize was being run, the team felt they could no longer participate. On the flip side, the X Prize Foundation announced at the team summit that there are four new teams. With the drop out, there are now thirteen official competitive teams. Assuredly, there are more to come."
anzha writes: "Freeman Dyson recently wrote a review of two books on global warming. In a reaction to the review a group of climate scientists, that run the blog entitled Real Climate, responded on multiple points. In fact, their response, on the points they covered, was rather scorching and stated that his review was 'mostly shaped by his own rather selective vision.' Ouch."
anzha writes: "Rumors are floating around online that Linux Networx, the Utah Linux supercomputing company, has gone belly up. SGIannounced that it has bought the core assets of LNXI. Furthermore, the rumors are that the doors were locked and employees were just given their paychecks. What does this mean for Linux supercomputing?"