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El bosón de Higgs: La “partícula de Dios” sí existe (y lo que eso significa) Tags: bosón de HiggsPeter Higgs Pues sí. Resulta que existe. Con un 99,999999 % de probabilidad. Érase una vez una época maravillosa denominada los años 50. Las ecuaciones eran magníficas. ¿La masa? Aquí es cuando llegó el tal Higgs. Un campo que llena el vacío y que interacciona con todo aquél que lo cruza. Algunas todavía más, como los quarks, los que crean los protones. Pues bien, en el interior de este campo Higgs predijo, con papel y lápiz, que aparecían y desaparecían, por generación y destrucción espontánea, unas partículas, los “bosones de Higgs”. Durante los 50 años que han seguido el dichoso bosoncito de Higgs se ha escapado a las observaciones. Vale, bien, pero, ¿es importante? Hombre, pues eso depende. Y si te juegas el nobel o pasar a la historia científica (o una beca de 900 euros que te permita seguir investigando) puede ser realmente importante. ¡Ahora hacemos libros! Ahora, Brands and Roses, responsable de Yorokobu, también edita libros. Y las historias continúan...

It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe Last week, we reported on a cool, if seemingly far-fetched, UI concept that’d let you drag files from your phone to your computer with a swipe of the finger. The idea is “so simple and clever, you wonder why it doesn’t exist already,” we wrote. Hours later, an email appeared in our inbox, subject line: “it exists!” The message came courtesy of Natan Linder, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab. Here’s the amazing part: They didn’t hack the iPhone and iPad with IrDA transceivers or anything like that, which would’ve enabled the devices to detect each other in 3-D space, a la Sifteo cubes. Swÿp gathers information such as your phone and iPad’s approximate location (available via WiFi) and account details (via sites like Facebook or Gmail), then ties that information to a real-time gesture, the swipe (or Swÿp). Why should we care? List started Swÿp, then Linder jumped on board. [Images courtesy of Natan Linder]

Working Model of Stephenson's STEAM ENGINE made of GLASS ! Rare! Video Log in High-Tech: Software, Hardware, and More Cynthia Yildirim Working Model of Stephenson's STEAM ENGINE made of GLASS ! Rare! This Model of Stephenson's Steam Engine was made in 2008 by master glassblower Michal Zahradník. posted 3 years ago © 2014 Redux, Inc. about redux | contact us | copyright | legal Higgs Found Finally, physics’s zoo of subatomic particles is full. Scientists have almost certainly snared the Higgs boson, the last particle waiting to be roped into the fold. Decades after it was proposed, the Higgs emerged in the shards of particle collisions at the world’s most powerful accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory near Geneva. “We have now found the last missing cornerstone of the standard model,” said Rolf-Dieter Heuer, CERN’s director-general. The particle’s mass is around 125 billion electron volts, or about 133 times the mass of a proton. A computer visualization depicts one array of particle debris that physicists would expect from the decay of the Higgs boson in the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator. One of the theorists who first proposed the particle nearly five decades ago joined in the all-around congratulations. Like a puddle of molasses, the field resists the motion of particles moving through it.

The best skins for your iPhone, iPad, and other devices I rarely get excited about accessories because I like to keep my devices simple. I’ve always thought that Apple has done a great job at designing beautiful products, so why would I want to stick my iPhone in a case or apply a skin to it, right? There is a company out there that has slowly been changing what I think of skins though: iCarbons. This is what I received from iCarbons: the WWJC special edition skinthe dark wood cover for the new iPadthe white carbon skin for the iPad 2the black carbon skin for MacBook Air First thing I did was setting up the WWJC skin on my iPhone. After following iCarbons easy instructions, I had my JailbreakCon skin on the back of my iPhone in about 5 minutes. In the meanwhile, I had installed all other skins on my iPads and MacBook Air. Again, following their very clear instructions, I set up the wooden dark skin on my new iPad in a matter of minutes. To me, there are two main benefits to using such a skin. So what’s the verdict?

Stuff under an electron microscope Science Normal things become surreal when put under an electron microscope. Used dental floss Mascara brush Salt and pepper Stamp Used cotton swab Needle and thread Parts of a computer chip Electric razor with hair Guitar string Velcro Lighter Toilet paper The inside of a pencil Tooth brush

Watch movies on iOS: rip, convert and sync Who needs the silver screen? With an iPad or iPhone, you get not only the world's sleekest window on Hollywood, but instant access to almost every major film ever made. The bright lights of a première are nothing compared to the vibrant colours pouring out of the shiny display. And you always get the best seat in the house, no matter where you happen to be. Getting a hot new movie onto your iPad isn't difficult. It's only scratching the surface of what you can do though, and throughout this feature, we'll show you all the tools and tips you need to watch absolutely anything, from big-name films to your own home videos. We'll even show you how to send a movie from your iPad to your TV for times when you want the convenience of having your library portable, but the more social experience of actually watching it on a nice big television. Preparing the ground The iPad itself is all that you'll actually need - at least if you don't mind buying all your movies from iTunes. Format wars Rip a DVD

Una nueva partícula, quizás el bosón de Higgs, se filtra antes de tiempo "Hemos observado una nueva partícula... Tenemos fuerte evidencia de que hay algo ahí", dice Joe Incandela, el portavoz de CMS, uno de los grandes detectores del acelerador de partículas LHC, en un vídeo que se ha hecho público, seguramente por error, antes de tiempo, ya que se ha retirado inmediatamente del acceso público, según ha informado Science News. La presentación de los últimos datos del LHC, que se espera que signifiquen el descubrimiento de la muy buscada partícula de Higgs, o el casi descubrimiento, está prevista para este miércoles por la mañana en el Laboratorio Europeo de Física de Partículas (CERN), junto a Ginebra. Mientras los físicos ultiman los análisis de los datos, los nervios parece que han jugado una mala pasada a los responsables de preparar la información pública con la filtración indebida de este vídeo.

Implantable Electronics­ Dissolvable devices make better medical implants. Implanted under the skin, an array of light-emitting diodes could signal the concentration in the blood of biomarkers such as insulin. Over time, the array will dissolve away, eliminating the need for surgery to remove the implant. Flexible silicon electronics (inset) are held in place with a silk film. Incorporating antibodies or enzymes into the film will allow devices to detect biomarkers. Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts) Biodegradable electronics could make implantable devices easier on the body OTHERS WORKING ON IMPLANTABLE ELECTRONICS John Rogers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, Stanford, CA This article is part of an annual list of what we believe are the 10 most important emerging technologies. The next generation of implantable medical devices will rely on a high-tech material forged not in the foundry but in the belly of a worm.

Arranca la búsqueda de la 'partícula Dios' La sala de reuniones del partido tory está llena de militantes que charlan tranquilamente cuando, de pronto, la señora Thatcher entra por la puerta. A medida que Thatcher camina por la habitación, los militantes más cercanos forman corrillos a su alrededor y, en consecuencia, dificultan el movimiento de su líder. Los militantes representan el campo de Higgs, una forma de energía que impregna todo el espacio y confiere masa a las partículas (como Thatcher). Un protón, por ejemplo, no tendría masa si no fuera por el campo de Higgs. Sin ese campo misterioso, todos seríamos livianos como el fotón, y nos moveríamos, como él, a la velocidad de la luz. La anterior parábola, debida al físico británico David Miller, es un pequeño clásico de la divulgación científica. Sin el misterioso campo de Higgs seríamos livianos como el fotón Para observar la partícula elemental se requieren altas energías de colisión Incluso si se crean miniagujeros negros, no serían peligrosos

Learn About The Wonders Of The Human Body From The Man Himself In Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomy Today marks the start of a special exhibition that will run through Oct. 7, 2012, at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace. Titled Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, it is the largest ever exhibition of the famous Renaissance man’s anatomical drawings. And just in time for the show’s inauguration, a unique iPad app honoring Leonardo the anatomist has been released by acclaimed publisher Touch Press. Aptly called Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy, the new app is easily one of the most carefully considered creations to appear in the App Store. The app contains all 268 of Leonardo’s anatomical drawings, which have been entrusted to the Royal Collection since the late 1600s. If you can’t see the video embedded above, please click here. Anatomical models rendered in 3D are also included in the app, as are interviews with experts who know best about Leonardo the anatomist.

Serious Flaw Emerges In Quantum Cryptography The problem of sending messages securely has troubled humankind since the dawn of civilisation and probably before. In recent years, however, physicists have raised expectations that this problem has been solved by the invention of quantum key distribution. This exploits the strange quantum property of entanglement to guarantee the secrecy of a message. Entanglement is so fragile that any eavesdropper cannot help but break it, revealing the ruse. So cryptographers can use it to send a secure key called a one time pad that can then be used to encrypt a message. So-called quantum key distribution is unconditionally secure–it offers perfect secrecy guaranteed by the laws of physics. Or at least that’s what everyone thought. For example, lasers that are supposed to send one photon at a time can sometimes send several and this allows information to leak to an eavesdropper. Here’s the problem. Of course, there are a couple of simple ways round this new problem. Correction: Dear KFC,

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