Friday, 18 May 2018

Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes

quote [ Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general relativity ]

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@3:40pmGMT] [3 comments]

The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints

quote [ Recently, for a background check, for a visa, I had to get fingerprinted by an agent admissible to the FBI while I was still in France. No, we can?t fingerprint you, the website of the Embassy of the United States in Paris stated clearly. No, you can?t fingerprint yourself, the sites of the bureau-approved, USA-based channelers stated. Perhaps, I thought, I would gather my smirches?all those wasted on laptop screens, medicine cabinets, and eyeglasses?and dump them on a bureaucrat?s desk, like payment rendered in coin. ]

If fingerprints showed up on skin wonder who's I'd find on you
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Funny]
[by ScoobySnacks@9:37amGMT] [7 comments]

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual

quote [ Bitcoin is on track to consume 0.5 percent of the world's electricity by end of the year. ]

Why did I buy all those led light bulbs for my house?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+10 WTF]
[by snagUber@6:12pmGMT] [6 comments]

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

quote [ In this video clip from NOVA?s The Origami Revolution, she demonstrates the Kresling-Pattern, the spontaneous ?buckling under torsional load.? Kresling proposes that this buckling is not a failure of the materials but a model from nature that can be understood and designed for in science and engineering. ]

A playful ghost in the machine!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+8 Good]
[by Paracetamol@7:50pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Nasa will send helicopter to Mars

quote [ The space agency says it will be the first test of a heavier-than-air aircraft on another planet.

The Mars Helicopter will be bundled with the US space agency's Mars rover when it launches in 2020.

Its design team spent more than four years shrinking a working helicopter to "the size of a softball" and cutting its weight to 1.8kg (4lbs).

It is specifically designed to fly in the atmosphere of Mars, which is 100 times thinner than Earth's. ]

This looks like some good fun for the NASA peeps.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Interesting]
[by HoZay@5:17pmGMT] [3 comments]

Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019

quote [ After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company?s dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The announcement came onstage at TechCrunch?s TC Sessions: Robotics event today at UC Berkeley. ]

New Boston Dynamics videos in the extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by steele@5:15pmGMT] [7 comments]

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

U.S. is way behind other nations on workers' readiness for jobs of the future, report says

quote [ The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from Swiss technology giant ABB. South Korea, Singapore, Germany and Canada are better prepared for the rise of machines. ]

The Automation Readiness Index 2018

Robotic woks are the chefs in this Boston restaurant

World's first hands-free crop planted, grown and harvested in the UK
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by evil_eleet@4:56pmGMT] [2 comments]

Kim the spider jumps on demand

quote [ Scientists have trained a spider to jump on demand. The diminutive arachnid, which they nicknamed Kim, can leap six times her body length from a standing start. Unlocking the secrets of her extraordinary leaps could help build a new generation of robots inspired by nature, say University of Manchester researchers. ]

If your job involves jumping on things, expect to be replaced with a spiderbot
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@10:35amGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 6 May 2018

On the past, present, and future of COBOL

quote [ Twenty-seven years ago, Micro Focus?s Livesey said, he was working at a bank after graduation, and was told by the IT manager about the system in place: ?Don?t worry! This is all going away.? Today, Livesey said, ?That bank is still running that mainframe with a team of COBOL programmers.? ]

Never change a running system!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@2:44pmGMT] [6 comments]

Friday, 4 May 2018

Stephen Hawking's final theory tackles the multiverse

quote [ Today, the peer-reviewed Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) published Hawking?s final theory on the universe?s origin, titled ?A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?? The famed physicist wrote the paper in collaboration with Thomas Hertog, a professor at Belgium?s Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), and it presents a multiverse theory unlike any other.

Here?s a (really) simplified explanation of (one) multiverse theory. The Big Bang happened. The universe expanded. In some places, it kept expanding. In others, it stopped. In the places where it stopped, universes formed ? ours, and a potentially infinite number of others. ]

"Multi-Verse" (said in my best Leeloo voice)
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Original]
[by knumbknutz@2:25pmGMT] [4 comments]

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