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Submission + - Ancient Spy Plane Crashes Southern California Air Traffic Control System (

jonniesmokes writes: Even though the flight plan was filed, and the 60 year old design merely flew over the Los Angeles area, the southern Californian flight control system mistook the very high flying spyplane, for a low flying aircraft and tried to reroute the flight path of hundred of other planes, which led to a massive system SNAFU.

Submission + - Stranger than fiction: Julian Assange with a Mullet

jonniesmokes writes: From The Guardian: The WikiLeaks party leader channels his inner bogan to lip synch his way through one of Australia's favourite songs – a rewritten version of John Farnham's greatest hit – in his latest pitch to be elected to the Australian Senate. Juice Rap News – a spoof internet bulletin where presenters rap the latest headlines – shot the segment at the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Submission + - Trapwire installed in US cities (

jonniesmokes writes: It seems more unbelievable the more that comes out about Trapwire, but it seems like the real thing. A global network monitoring people using facial and gate recognition with secret video cameras placed in cities and linked to social networks.

Submission + - Return of the Vacuum Tube (

sciencehabit writes: Peer inside an antique radio and you'll find what look like small light bulbs. They're actually vacuum tubes—the predecessors of the silicon transistor. Vacuum tubes went the way of the dinosaurs in the 1960s, but researchers have now brought them back to life, creating a nano-sized version that's faster and hardier than the transistor. It's even able to survive the harsh radiation of outer space.

Submission + - MIT creates superhydrophobic condiment bottles (

An anonymous reader writes: First we had a superhydrophobic spray that meant no dirt or sweat could stick to your clothes. Then the same coating was applied to circuit boards to make them water resistent. Now MIT has gone a step further and solved one of the ongoing problems of using condiments: they've figured out how to make a food-safe superhydrophobic coating for food packaging. It means ketchup and mayonnaise will no longer be stuck to the insides of the bottle, and therefore there will no longer be any waste.

What's amusing is this seems to be a happy accident. The MIT team was actually investigating slippery coatings to stop gas and oil lines clogging as well as how to stop a surface from having ice form on it. Now their lab is filled with condiments for continued testing of their food-safe version.

Comment Quantum World not so Strange (Score 1) 465

I think I found a loop hole. They have to discard all the failed attempts of the entanglement swapping (75% of the time). Not to mention a 4.4% efficiency of even getting photons through the long fiber to Victor. I don't have Nature Physics, but from the preprint on

"The probabilistic nature of the Bell-state projection with linear optics decreases the success probability to 1/4." page 15

Though a more honest way to say this might be, that only when Alice and Bob have correlated photons, would it be possible to get the entanglement swapping to work. If we tried to swap the entanglement based when Alice and Bob did not get correlations its clear it would never happen. Their interpretation relies on a strange post selection of the data. If their experiment checked to see if Alice and Bob first got a correlation, and only then tried to do entanglement swapping, I think the experiment would not appear to violate any sense of causality. Its only because they throw away 75% of the data (the failed attempts at entanglement swapping) that the experiment appears magic. I think those 75% contain most of the uncorrelated results from Alice and Bob as there is a reason those attempts failed. Ie. its not chance if Alice and Bob have already performed the measurement. Its only "chance" if we pretend that we don't know.

Comment HF Conductivity (Score 1) 668

In the description, they write "by exploiting the corrosion-resistance of copper with the conductive properties of steel". But this is copper clad *telecom* wire, so at megahertz or higher frequencies there will be no current in the steel core. Its all in the skin (effect) and the wire will have just the same conductivity as copper wire, minus any magnetic losses. I assume that they have made nice controlled impedance telecom wire, which is, to my knowledge, something cool and new. Kudos to the company that made it!

Submission + - Digital Quantum Simulations with Quantum Computers (

jonniesmokes writes: "Using a 6 qubit ion trap quantum computer, researchers at the University of Innsbruck have shown that one can simulate an arbitrary quantum system. The work proves that one can apply a series of quantum logic gates to approximate any quantum system and thereby eventually rule the world."

Submission + - Deep-Sea Squid Mate Indiscriminately (

sciencehabit writes: Like actors in a scene from a bawdy farce, many squid don't know whom to woo when the lights go down. Deep in California's Monterey Bay, small squid belonging to the species Octopoteuthis deletron suffer from frequent cases of mistaken identity, a new study suggests. Males commonly try to mate with males as well as females, hinting that in the dark, these invertebrates may settle for whatever squid passes by. But their indiscriminate attention might improve the odds that they are occasionally successful.

Submission + - Science under trial in Italy (

An anonymous reader writes: Sorry America, but Italy has taken the crown for anti-science: six Italian scientists (and one bureaucrat) are facing 15 years in jail and 50m euros in fines for failing to predict an earthquake.

Comment Alternatives (Score 1) 768

While the supply of Bitcoins is limited. There is no reason I see, that someone else could not come up with another bitdollar, bitpeso, digifranc, or other such digital "money" with the same properties. In this sense, these digital monies are not unlimited, and I fail to see why they would have any inherent value. With raw metals, like gold there are alternatives too, paladium, platinum, silver... But the periodic table, chemistry and physics have assured us that there is a limit to the alternatives. The US dollar is backed by a giant military and the strategic resources it controls (also limited). What makes Bitcoins worth having, when tomorrow someone could invent another digital currency? Is this just a popularity contest? What value could you add to bitcoins to make them unique or worth having?

Comment Re:Unsure (Score 0) 191

The study is highly suspect. Because it looks like the area they are referring to is the temporal lobe. This is the area involved with hearing and I would not be surprised if putting a muted telephone on one side of the head would increase my brain activity as I strain to hear something. They need to show that if they move the antenna, that the increased activity follows it. This would have been very easy to do, but was not done. Why?

Temporal Lobes: Side of head above ears.
        * Hearing ability. Memory acquisition. Some visual perceptions
        * Categorization of objects.

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