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The Elegant Universe The Elegant Universe: Part 3 PBS Airdate: November 4, 2003 NARRATOR: Now, on NOVA, take a thrill ride into a world stranger than science fiction, where you play the game by breaking some rules, where a new view of the universe pushes you beyond the limits of your wildest imagination. Nanotechnology Basics Home > Introduction > Nanotechnology Basics Nanotechnology Basics Last Updated: Friday, 14-Jun-2013 09:28:04 PDT Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to show me, he explained, were ideas that he'd been working on for the past two decades. As he took me through the equations he had been formulating I began to see emerging before my eyes potential answers for many of the major problems in physics.

Physics Flash Animations We have been increasingly using Flash animations for illustrating Physics content. This page provides access to those animations which may be of general interest. The animations will appear in a separate window. The animations are sorted by category, and the file size of each animation is included in the listing. Smart House *notcot in design , 19:43 On incredible temporary event spaces, the Smart House (home of the Smart Fortwo) is one of the coolest spaces around. Located on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, surrounded by some of the cutest boutiques, restaurants, and bars and only a few blocks from the beach, its a pity this loft will only be around till january. I was lucky enough to make it to the A+R launch dinner where we had dinner at the Smart House and cooked with Hans Rockenwagner and Wolfgang Gussmack of Rockenwagner - outdoor on the patio as a group we helped “cook” (aka stir) an unbelievably delicious pasta paella. Additionally when not housing special functions the ground floor is a showroom (cars ready to test drive out back) and a gallery space (i must admit i was pretty giddy to be having dinner with two Catalina Estrada paintings behind me) ~ while i was there the ROJO Magazine Collaboration with Smart’s new Fortwo was up! Here are some interior shots ~

Why the Higgs Matters, In A Few Sentences One of the big challenges facing journalists writing about science is to summarize a scientific subject accurately, clearly and succinctly. Sometimes one of the three requirements is sacrificed, and sadly, it is often the first one. So here is my latest (but surely not last) attempt at an accurate, succinct, and maybe even clear summary of why the Higgs business matters so much. `True’ Statements about the Higgs True means “as true as anything compressed into four sentences can possibly be” — i.e., very close to true. For those who want to know where I’m cutting important corners, a list of caveats will follow at the end of the article.

Playground Interactive activities, some used other places on Serendip for other reasons, and others just because ...? The idea, of course, is that there isn't a whole lot of difference between playing and learning ... exploring is the underpinnings and enjoyment inherent in both. If that idea makes you think of either play or education in new ways, so much the better. Regardless, the web provides not only information and pictures, but also the wherewithal to have experiences that you might not otherwise have a chance to have.

and AIML Documentation (A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation) The Elements of AIML Style by Dr. Richard S. Wallace is a no-nonsense technical book that takes you on a journey from the first steps of creating your own bot with AIML, through all the questions and answers every botmaster asks, to advanced A.I. and hard-nosed business applications of AIML. The trip ends with a brief glimpse into the future of bots and AIML. What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer. That's kind of the default point of view I operate from, though I'm always open to people convincing me otherwise. As far as I'm concerned It's all just cause and effect without someone saying "I'm damn well designing this thing called a universe it's supposed to do THIS!" his next book is going to be... "Things Just Are."

Einstein for Everyone Einstein for Everyone Nullarbor Press 2007revisions 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Copyright 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 John D. Norton Published by Nullarbor Press, 500 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 with offices in Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222 Giving your computer the power of thought... Ultra Hal Assistant 6.2 Ultra Hal Assistant is a conversational system for your Windows PC based on award winning artificial intelligence technology. What can it be used for? As a companion/entertainment product: Hal can discuss any topic and learns and evolves from your conversationsAs a personal or office assistant: Hal can function as a personal information manager (PIM) and keep track of your appointments, contacts, and moreFeatures: Understands spoken or typed EnglishLearns from every sentence3D avatars show emotionSpeaks out loudPersonality evolves over timeCan keep address/phone/email book Keeps appointment bookPerforms unit conversionsLaunches applicationsHelps browse the InternetCan define any wordCustomizable with built-in VBScript

Accidental physics: Why mass has a split personality MacGregor Campbell, contributor We interact with the concept of mass every day. Without it, gravity wouldn't keep us firmly planted on Earth. But mass is also a component of inertia, making it hard, for example, to push a stalled car. On the surface, inertia and gravity don't seem to have much in common. Locusts Watch Star Wars To Create Robot Vision 8 April 2000 by Kate Melville British and Swiss scientists have developed a robot with an electronic visual system based on that of a locust, enabling it to behave like a swarming insect and avoid collisions with objects. Dr Claire Rind, of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, showed locusts clips of the Star Wars movie to study how their eyes and nerve cells reacted to fast-moving objects and backgrounds. She hopes the robot's neural network program, which mimics part of the locust's brain, will be the basis of a collision-avoidance system for cars.

Dark energy alternatives to Einstein are running out of room Research by University of Arizona astronomy professor Rodger Thompson finds that a popular alternative to Albert Einstein's theory for the acceleration of the expansion of the universe does not fit newly obtained data on a fundamental constant, the proton to electron mass ratio. Thompson's findings, reported Jan. 9 at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Long Beach, Calif., impact our understanding of the universe and point to a new direction for the further study of its accelerating expansion. To explain the acceleration of the expansion of the universe, astrophysicists have invoked dark energy -- a hypothetical form of energy that permeates all of space. A popular theory of dark energy, however, does not fit new results on the value of the proton mass divided by the electron mass in the early universe.