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Solve Puzzles for Science | Foldit Hey everyone! I will be leading a Science Café about Foldit at the Southpaw Social Club, in San Diego, on April 28. The purpose of the event is to engage with the community in a casual, comfortable setting to talk about the exciting science of protein folding and the Foldit computer game. There will be a short presentation on the science behind Foldit, but the event is mostly dedicated to Q & A and open discussion with the audience. We're very excited about this opportunity to share Foldit in such a personable format! This is also a great chance for any Foldit players in the San Diego area to come together and talk to a member of the Foldit team. The event is free and registration is not required.

15 Quirky Gadgets and Accessories to Buy Today (May) It’s time for us to take another look at a bunch of quirky, imaginative and downright useful gadgets and accessories that you can buy today. Which one takes your fancy the most? For more inspiration, check out our 2013 holiday gift guide, our previous collection of gadgets and accessories for geeks and 15 quirky gadgets and accessories to buy today. You can view all 15 of these gadgets and accessories listed on one page here. Nixie Epoch Clock This eye-catching clock is crafted from maple hardwood, and includes easily replaceable display tubes. Click the image for more information

Breaking the Speed of (Light) Thought | INTERFERENCE An announcement a couple of weeks ago claimed that the speed of light had been broken. A pair of German physicists, Dr. Gunter Nimtz and Dr. Their experiments found that as they separated the two prisms by up to 3 feet and shot microwave photons through them, most of the photons reflected off the first prism they encountered while a few photons appeared to “tunnel” through space to reflect off the second prism. While the Internet has been all abuzz about this important discovery, this isn’t the first time a claim has been made that the 186,000 miles per second speed of light had been broken. In 2000, a group of scientists at NEC Research Institute in Princeton, New Jersey reported in the journal Nature that they had exceeded the speed of light by as much as 300 times faster than what normally occurs in a vacuum. The experimental evidence for energy transmission faster than light speed now appears very convincing. Can this be true? Of course, Dr. Tags: speed of light, open mindedness

mark's blog window: Panorama This is just a run through of how I stitched my panoramic together. I saved all my sequences to individual folders. I employed this method for all of the panoramic. The steps layed out here presuppose you have some understanding of Photoshop. Step 1 Open all the images from a sequence in Photoshop, compile them into stacked and layered image. Step 2 Using the crop tool extend the background. Step 3 Create a layer on the bottom and fill it with white. Step.4 Turn off the visibility on all the layers except the bottom white layer and the top two.Turn the uppermost layer to opacity 50%. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Repeat until all layers are in place. If you need to adjust the colour, density you can insert adjustment layer acting only on that layer.

TRACSYMBOLS PROJECT 2010-2015 - TRACSYMBOLS 10 Fabulous German Words With No English Equivalent This past week, I journeyed to Berlin, Germany with one of my best friends in an effort to avoid the utter sadness that comes with the impending conclusion of my study abroad experience. Despite not knowing a lick of German (my apologies to every person that had to endure my not-so-impressive hand gestures and aggressive pointing), the trip was a success and we both left feeling more cultured and a little more appreciative of our English-speaking countries. That’s not to say the German language is unpleasant. In fact, there are a handful of fantastic German words that describe life more perfectly than any English word could. For example: 1) Weltschmerz (n.): mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state They say that the grass is greener on the other side, but it’s that kind of mindset that causes the grass on your side of the picket fence to look gray and infested with earwigs. Picture this: you’re 26 years old. - Hitler.

NOVA Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick? Residents living in the shadows of wind turbines say the sound is making them sick. But so far the science isn't there. From NOVA Next | Jun 27, 2018 Thirty Years Ago Today, Global Warming First Made Headline News On June 23, a NASA climate scientist, James Hansen, told a U.S. From NOVA Next | Jun 23, 2018 New Middle Eastern Particle Accelerator’s Motto is “Science for Peace” In a region in turmoil, an unprecedented joint venture of scientists and policymakers is working together on Jordan’s new particle accelerator under the motto "science for peace." From NOVA Next | Jun 21, 2018 Psychological Damage Inflicted By Parent-Child Separation is Deep, Long-Lasting Here's what happens in the brain and the body when a child is forcibly separated from his or her parents.

Huddersfield firm fall foul of Civil Aviation Authority rules after helping customer out with drone flight They are stunning images of Huddersfield from on high. But the shots from a remote-controlled model aircraft have landed a Huddersfield company with a headache. Staff at Maplin, the electrical retailer on the Leeds Road Retail Park, wanted to help out a customer interested in buying one of their remote-controlled quadcopters, fitted with a camera. The aircraft was flown over the car park and filmed scenes including the busy Leeds Road and the nearby John Smith’s Stadium But when they posted the film on the internet, they discovered they were possibly breaching strict Civil Aviation Authority restrictions governing unmanned aircraft. Click below to watch the video “We removed the film as soon as we were aware it could be a problem”, said the store’s assistant manager Trevor Sheldon. “We had taken the quadcopter out of the box to show a customer and flew it over the car park. The firm sells remote-controlled helicopters and several quadcopters, which are fitted with rotors at all four corners.

wiseGEEK: clear answers for common questions 15 of the best music streaming platforms online today. Which one is best for you? With a seemingly ever-growing number of streaming music services available via the Web and dedicated mobile and tablet apps, choosing the one that best fits your need is an increasingly difficult task. Obviously, there are some big names that you might already be aware of, but there are also some newer services that launched in the last 12 months, and some of the existing ones have changed features, so we thought it well worth putting together a roundup to give you some insight into what each offers before you hand over any hard-earned cash. Perhaps paying for one that lets you download tracks for offline listening, or upload your entire music library for playback anywhere could be worthwhile in the long run, even if it seems more expensive at first. Or perhaps you don’t listen that often, so you don’t really need to pay for one at all. There are lots of options out there, but here are some of the biggest and most notable that are worth checking out. Spotify Pandora

Open Culture Guide to Projectors for Interactive Installations / by @laserpilot Video projectors are one of the most important tools for creators of interactive installations. The information for projectors is available on various websites, but this 2 part guide will focus on their use in production and interactive environments. Part 1 will focus on the projector as hardware(lenses, lumens, surfaces etc), and part 2 will go into more details on the software and calibration considerations. They vary in scale from pocket-sized (or smaller) pico’s to refrigerator sized large-venue projectors. A checklist for planning your installationsOverview of projector typesDifferent classes of projectorsHow to calculate projector intrinsics/How to read and interpret a spec sheetHow to calculate proper brightnessDiscussion of video signal quality and cable lengthsMaintenance, Miscellaneous caveats and tricks of the tradeExperimental tech and the futureReferences and Thanks What is the surface or object you’ll be projecting on? LCD Projector Teardown Video: LCoS Hybrid Laser Diode Image

Profile: Jebsen Center - Feature - Tufts University When it comes to fighting terrorism, The Fletcher School's Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies emphasizes predictive strategies over preemptive action. "Imagine tomorrow, a nuclear device goes off in Cincinnati, Ohio." The frightening scenario is posed by Brig. The question is one of the most challenging facing governments around the world today--how can you retaliate against an almost invisible opponent? That center is The Fletcher School's Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies, which Howard has directed since its inception in 2005. The Jebsen Center distinguishes itself by a philosophy that maintains counter-terrorism should be predictive, preventive and preemptive, with the latter being a last resort. "You can use soft power," he says. Howard became interested in counter-terrorism studies after commanding a small counter-terrorist unit in the Pacific in the early 1980s. "It closed the loop on what you were doing, why you were doing it," says Howard. Page 1 | Page 2

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