Do Sci Fi attitudes reflect our times? Congress now speaks a full grade level lower than it did in 2005. Falling from grade 11.5 to 10.6. Using the Flesch-Kincaid test that gives your kids the "reads at a 10th grade level" score, the Sunlight Foundation has measured the vocabulary used in Congressional speeches over the years and found that the level has dropped suddenly. Are candidates dumbing down their speech, or are parties dumbing down their candidates? Nearly two thirds (65 percent) of Americans think that President Obama would be a better leader than Mitt Romney if an alien invasion were to happen. Sigh. Is this a sign of the times -- correlated with the public's attitudes toward science? Indeed, North Carolina legislators want to stop planners from using the state's own science panel's prediction of sea level rise (about 1m by 2100, fairly conservative). And if we - as a people - had drawn only a small “businesslike" 5% royalty on those things, all red ink in the budget would today be erased. What is Bain Capital??
Mapping Racist Tweets in Response to President Obama's Re-election Note: for questions about the methodology/approach of this post, see the FAQ (added 16:20 EST 11/9/2012).Note: as of 11:00 EST 11/10/2012, we have disabled commenting on this post. Note: at 10:00 am EST 11/12/2012 we posted an analysis using the same methodology as this post to locate the epicenter of earthquake in Eastern Kentucky over the weekend. During the day after the 2012 presidential election we took note of a spike in hate speech on Twitter referring to President Obama's re-election, as chronicled by Jezebel (thanks to Chris Van Dyke for bringing this our attention). It is a useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad. Information space is not divorced from everyday life and racism extends into the geoweb and helps shapes its contours; and in turn, data from the geoweb can be used to reflect the geographies of racist practice back onto the places from which they emerged. So, are these tweets relatively evenly distributed?
Nokia's new PureView ad is amazing, too bad it's faked The new PureView camera might be amazing, but a bizarre easter egg has revealed that the company's advertisements don't give an honest view of its technology. Amid Nokia's flurry of press today — if you haven't heard, it released a new flagship phone along with some other gear — one video advertisement in particular caught our eye. In the ad, Nokia shows off the PureView's image stabilization technology. As you can see in the video above, there's a curious reflection in the window of the trailer in the background. You should really see the PureView before you believe it Despite the slip-up, it's completely possible that Nokia's PureView system does exactly, or at least some, of what the company claims it does — after all, optical stabilization is a proven technology that produces great results on all sorts of traditional cameras. Update: We spoke with a Nokia spokesperson who agrees that the PureView ad is misleading.
The Measurement That Would Reveal The Universe As A Computer Simulation One of modern physics’ most cherished ideas is quantum chromodynamics, the theory that describes the strong nuclear force, how it binds quarks and gluons into protons and neutrons, how these form nuclei that themselves interact. This is the universe at its most fundamental. So an interesting pursuit is to simulate quantum chromodynamics on a computer to see what kind of complexity arises. The promise is that simulating physics on such a fundamental level is more or less equivalent to simulating the universe itself. There are one or two challenges of course. That may not sound like much but the significant point is that the simulation is essentially indistinguishable from the real thing (at least as far as we understand it). It’s not hard to imagine that Moore’s Law-type progress will allow physicists to simulate significantly larger regions of space. Again, the behaviour of this human cell would be indistinguishable from the real thing. First, some background.
The Sad Faces of Fox News on Election Night - Politics The early election returns and exit polls had little good news for Mitt Romney, and you could see it on the Fox News election team's faces. The reporters and pundits were not uniformly dejected, with Megyn Kelly sounding mostly like a regular reporter -- explaining how some states can be called so early with so few results in -- and Bill O'Reilly mourning the end of "the white establishment." Let's start with Bill O'Reilly's grappling with a possible Republican loss after four years of Barack Obama. One reason Obama might win? People care more about his response to Hurricane Sandy than to the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, because "there were pictures." Then things got less nice. Megyn Kelly held it together: Karl Rove put on a happy face while calculating returns in Florida and Ohio counties. But when he quit speaking, his microexpressions gave him away. Laura Ingraham still thinks Romney could win. Doesn't she? Liz Cheney: Brit Hume: Want to add to this story? Elspeth Reeve
Johnny Chung Lee - Projects - Wii As of June 2008, Nintendo has sold nearly 30 million Wii game consoles. This significantly exceeds the number of Tablet PCs in use today according to even the most generous estimates of Tablet PC sales. This makes the Wii Remote one of the most common computer input devices in the world. It also happens to be one of the most sophisticated. It contains a 1024x768 infrared camera with built-in hardware blob tracking of up to 4 points at 100Hz. Any software on this page is primarily meant for developers and may not run without proper the development tools installed. NOTE: For most of these projects, you don't need the Nintendo Wii console. Coming Later: 3D tracking, and more.... Unfortunately, time constraints in the next couple of months have significantly reduced my ability to work on more projects.
Dark Plasma Theory Man Who Eats Breakfast At Dunkin' Donuts Every Morning And Enjoys The 'Saw' Films Allowed To Vote YOUNGSTOWN, OH—According to records obtained from the Mahoning County registrar’s office, local man David Kearney, who eats breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts every day and is a passionate fan of the film franchise, is actually allowed to vote in today’s general election. Reports confirmed that Kearney, 34, enjoys sitting down in a Dunkin’ Donuts location and eating a sausage, egg, and cheese croissant each morning before work, has seen every movie multiple times, and is freely able to play an active role in the democratic process like every other registered voter in the United States. “I just can’t get going in the morning without a Dunkaccino,” said Kearney, who possesses the right to visit a polling center and help decide, quite literally, the political direction of the entire nation over the next four years. “They’re so good. Furthermore, sources added, millions of people almost exactly like this person are also given an equal say in our democracy.
Marea negra La renovación supuso unas nuevas mecánicas de reestructuración social y económica alrededor del nuevo Dios que permitía una nueva pujanza entre las competencias de un mundo que ha girado siempre sobre lo que reconoce como motor principal de sus recursos, aunque aún no los termine de entender, y siempre concluya suplantándolos por otros. El tiempo después de la renovación fue largo junto al ritmo de las ambiciones, y esa carrera alrededor del elemento sustancial y simbólico de la también simbólica riqueza, ha llegado, otra vez, al punto de donde solo puede retrocederse con la violenta marea en las narices. La Primavera Árabe condujo a una disminución en la producción de crudo, y fue la primera piedra en el pozo que causó la ola del caos. El drama actual radica en que esa producción ha retornado a sus niveles conocidos, pero ha frenado su demanda. La marea negra regresa de los tiempos de su esplendor, y se traga de nuevo al mundo entre sus hoyos.
Clarke's three laws Clarke's Three Laws are three "laws" of prediction formulated by the British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. They are: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. Origins Clarke's First Law was proposed by Arthur C. The second law is offered as a simple observation in the same essay. The Third Law is the best known and most widely cited, and appears in Clarke's 1973 revision of "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination". A fourth law has been added to the canon, despite Sir Arthur Clarke's declared intention of not going one better than Sir Isaac Newton. Snowclones and variations of the third law There exist a number of snowclones and variations of the third law and its contrapositive: Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. The third law can be reversed in fictional universes involving magic: Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!
Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives Can neuroscience provide evidence for a liberal and conservative thinking style? It may seem like a stretch to say that one could predict whether you lean left or right by looking at a brain scan—no questions asked, no opinions voiced—purely based on your neuroanatomy. However, this might not be far from reality—at least insofar as predicting , which has been shown to be somewhat distinct based on party association. Does brain structure determine your beliefs, or do your beliefs change your brain structure? What about those who switch parties at some point? How do they fit in to this model? Please keep in mind from the beginning that this is an endorsement of any one political party. A few questions to keep in mind: If these differences do legitimately exist, how can—or better yet—how we use this knowledge? The idea of a genetic or a neurological difference between liberals and conservatives is a hot topic of debate. But let’s not lose sight of the big picture here. (P.S. From Kanai: .
ICAACT Teenage Gamers Better At Simulated Surgery Than Medical Residents Forget AP Biology and Latin class: get those pre-meds hooked on Call of Duty. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that teenage video gamers were better at simulated surgery than medical residents. The study used machines that simulated live surgical techniques, such as needle passing and suturing, and found that high schoolers who played an average of two hours of video games a day did “slightly better than our physicians in training,” said UTMB Dr. Sami Kilic (in a delightfully thick accent). “Our physicians in training have already participated in actual cases. The preliminary research corroborates a decade’s worth of evidence that playing recreational video games improves visual intelligence. Watch video of the study below:
Scientist Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies By Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf www.ryze.com/view.php?who=vitaeb THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes. Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA. One can simply use words and sentences of the human language! But the higher developed an individual’s consciousness is, the less need is there for any type of device!