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Italian Scientists Claim To Have Discovered Nickel-Hydrogen Cold Fusion, Create Copper As Byproduct | zero hedgeAccording to PhysOrg.com, two Italian scientists from the University of Bologna have taken on one of physics' historically most discredited concepts, cold fusion, and have actually succeeded in creating a sustainable reaction. Aside from the major implications of the energy market should this be validated and recreated (an issue that buried the original Cold Fusion discovery by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleishmann), one of the more economically important side effects of this purported re discovery is that one of the byproducts of the reaction is none other than recently uber-bubbleicious copper. One wonders what the implications for the copper supply and demand curves (and equilibrium price) would be should the reaction documented by Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi be proven to not be a hoax. Is modern day alchemy the only thing that can dethrone copper from its historic price highs? From Physorg :
The hyper-ambitious folks at DARPA are totally over the current state of military data collection, and they're pretty sure they know how to fix it: teach sensors how to think. Well, they've got an idea how to fix it, but they've put out a call for mathematician to do the dirty work. The Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation, and Execution (MSEE) program seeks a unified mathematical language that cane teach sensors not only to collect data, but to interpret, and act on it too. The aim is to eliminate the "data deluge" that comes from ever-increasing streams of information, like cellphone intercepts and video drone feeds, allowing analysts to focus on the important stuff. Currently the onus falls on humans to interpret the overwhelming amount of information collected by military sensors, but DARPA is confident that the right algorithm could have machines interpreting the world as early as 2014.
NASA is holding a press conference on Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding." Are they going to announce that they've found evidence of extraterrestrial life? Blogger Jason Kottke took a look at NASA's press release , which touts "an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life" (astrobiology, besides being a cool word, is "the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe"), and decided to investigate further by looking at the participants' resumes. So who are the participants? A geobiologist who's written about "geology and life on Mars"; an oceanographer who's done extensive work on arsenic-based photosynthesis; a biologist examining Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, and its similarities to early Earth; and an ecologist investigating the "chemistry of environments where life evolves."
Shanghai Daily is reporting that a mass UFO sighting has taken place in the Chinese city of Chongqing, less than two weeks after another UFO sighting disrupted airline travel in Hangzhou. On July 15, multiple witnesses reported “four lantern-like objects forming a diamond shape that hovered over Chongqing’s Shaping Park for over an hour.” This follows the July 7 sighting of “a twinkling object” which shut down Hangzhou’s Xioshan Airport for nearly an hour when first spotted over the city. Subsequent requests from UFO investigators to obtain radar images from Xioshan Airport were refused. The explanation given by airport officials, according to Shanghai Daily , was that “radar caught nothing.”
The reversal of aging has been one of the great dreams of humanity, but it seems like our rodent overlords have beat us to it. The Harvard Medical School has demonstrated "a dramatic reversal" in the aging process when reintroducing the enzyme telomerase into old and feeble mice. What happened was that their naturally worn out organs started to regenerate, instead of degenerating further, bringing them back to a youthful state of health.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel, a 35-mile hole in the Swiss Alps, has completed drilling Wye Junction Wye Junction is in the western tube of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The right tunnel is the main western bore, while the left tunnel is a connecting spur into the main eastern bore. Creative Commons: Cooper.ch
In December 1837, the British mathematician Charles Babbage published a paper describing a mechanical computer that is now known as the Analytical Engine . Anyone intimate with the details of electronic computers will instantly recognize the components of Babbage’s machine. Although Babbage was designing with brass and iron, his Engine has a central processing unit (which he called the mill) and a large amount of expandable memory (which he called the store). The operation of the Engine is controlled by program stored on punched cards, and punched cards can also be used to input data. Inside the mill, individual operations are controlled by the equivalent of a microprogram. The microprogram is stored on cylinders covered in studs (much like in a music box) that Babbage refers to as the barrels.
New Delhi: Astronomers have discovered an earth-like planet that could support the crucial conditions needed for life. The new planet sits directly in the middle of what is referred to as the habitable or Goldilocks zone, unlike any of the nearly 500 other planets astronomers have found outside Earth's solar system. This new planet is three times the mass of the earth and slightly larger in width. Reportedly this planet orbits every 37 days and does not rotate much so one side of it is almost bright, the other dark. Temperatures can be as hot as 71 degrees Celsius or as frigid as minus 4 degrees Celsius, but in between, in the land of constant sunrise, it would be "shirt-sleeve weather," according to co-discoverer Steven Vogt of the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Ornithopter makes majestic, record-setting flight Snowbird The Snowbird weighs just 94 pounds but has a wingspan that nearly matches a Boeing 737. University of Toronto A Canadian engineering student achieved sustained flight in a human-powered ornithopter for the first time in August, and has just filed a claim for a world record, according to the University of Toronto. The Snowbird is the first contraption of its kind to allow humans to fly like birds, by flapping massive wings to create lift. The record stands on the likely-enormous shoulders of Todd Reichert, an engineering PhD candidate at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, who designed and piloted the craft.
Kazakh and Russian researchers have received plasma for the first time at the Tokamak machine in the Kazakh town of Kurchatov, in the east of the republic. The news was reported by the prominent Russian physicist Yevgeny Velikhov. Both countries have been negotiating for many years the creation of a thermonuclear research centre at Kurchatov (the site of the former nuclear proving range near the city of Semipalatinsk).
July 27, 2010 § At the International Conference on High Energy Physics someone said something about Supersymmetry. These guys are talking way over my head. But it sounds very exciting and I want to understand.
Transplants of pig cells can alleviate diabetes in rats without the need for immune suppression drugs. An initial transplant of pancreatic cells from pig embryos primes the immune systems of diabetic rats, enabling them to adopt a second transplant of insulin-producing islet cells. An embryonic pig pancreatic cell is pictured above. (Credit: Washington U.) WASHINGTON U.
Computing with Iodine A demo of a quantum calculation carried out by Japanese researchers has yielded some pretty mind-blowing results: a single molecule can perform a complex calculation thousands of times faster than a conventional computer. A proof-of-principle test run of a discrete Fourier transform -- a common calculation using spectral analysis and data compression, among other things -- performed with a single iodine molecule transpired very well, putting all the molecules in your PC to shame. Using quantum interference – the vibrations of the atoms themselves – the team was able to run the complete discrete Fourier transform extremely quickly by encoding the inputs into an optically tailored vibrational wave packet which is then run through an excited iodine molecule whose atomic elements are oscillating at known intervals and picked up by a receiver on the other side. The entire process takes just a few tens of femtoseconds (that’s a quadrillionth of a second).
Beam Diffraction By measuring the diffraction of a single entangled photon off of a pre-coded holographic plate, researchers can positively identify an object without ever laying eyes on it. Barakitty Physicists have long been able to "ghost image" -- that is, to use a split laser beam to detect the presence of an object without actually seeing or interacting with it -- but the process is complicated and can take a while. Now physicists at the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics say they've devised a simpler means to detect the presence of a known object using a single photon . Ghost imaging involves splitting a laser and firing the beams at two different photon detectors, one of which is behind the target object and one of which is set up as a "camera."