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New York City Nixes Advertising 'Beacons' in Telephone Booths
Mon Oct 6, 2014
You know, I don't necessarily think the problem is the privacy in and of itself. Part of the problem is constant, invasive advertising. It's sent everywhere - to our e-mail inboxes, over our phones, and to our homes. I understand that some advertising is necessary to pay for "free" …
MIT Study: Online Courses Really Work (If You Finish Them)
Thu Sep 25, 2014
Meh, I don't believe this study. I've seen much more convincing data that suggest that the reason online students do as well as in-person students is because the online students are cheating more often and are getting away with it (they just don't consider what they're doing cheating, even tho …
Scientists Show You How to Make an Invisibility Cloak (Sort Of)
Wed Sep 24, 2014
I tried this with the 75 and 150 mm double convex lenses that come in our optics kits this morning and couldn't get it to work convincingly. I only had about two minutes to set it all up and try it, so I didn't get to really play with it much; I'll try again later and see if I can't get the de …
'I'm an Atheist': Stephen Hawking on God and Space Travel
Tue Sep 23, 2014
In reply to: mccoy #5.6 I'm not sure which field of science you work in, but I'm in physics, and there's plenty of things that are real that we can't touch, such as electric and magnetic fields, energy, work, light, (arguably) sound, and more. Science is limited to what we can test, not w …
Dead and Alive: Quantum Quirk Sheds Light on Schroedinger's Cat
Wed Aug 27, 2014
In reply to: David9000 #2 Yeah, as far as I can tell, they're still "looking at" the cat. If the red photons go through the cutout and then get entangled with the yellow, the cutout's interaction with the red photons is what collapses the wave function. It's a cool feat of entanglem …
Self-Driving Cars May Rule the Road in 25 Years
Mon Aug 18, 2014
In reply to: David Howell #1 Agreed. I hope that the day eventually comes when human driving is completely outlawed on public roads.
NASA Nears Multibillion-Dollar Decision on Commercial Space Taxis
Sun Aug 17, 2014
In reply to: pullmyfinger13 #4 ...and Mexican employees building the things. After all, it's cheaper to outsource and that's what businesses are all about.
Three-Day Work Week Would Make Us All Healthier, Billionaire Says
Mon Jul 21, 2014
In reply to: Michael Tully #1 You're possibly quite correct. He mentions that it would make us healthier (I disagree wholeheartedly) yet mentions nothing about pay. Usually what's left out in a restructuring deal like this is the catch.
Is Internet Access a Public Utility, Like Water or Gas?'"
Wed May 14, 2014
In reply to: JS in SD #1.1 The sad part is that no matter what the FCC decides to do, consumers will end up paying more. Don't get me wrong - I'm in complete agreement with you about net neutrality in principle, but let's be realistic. If the ISPs win, then content providers have t …
Congress Asks: Could 'Gravity' Really Happen?
Fri May 9, 2014
In reply to: brianguy7 #8.1 It's not so much to do with mass as it is with velocity. If a piece of debris breaks off from a satellite already in orbit, it will probably not fall back to Earth because (depending on the direction and how forcefully it breaks off) it will still be traveling …
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