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Written By: grant on March 28, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has a lively take on computing, with new circuits made of living slime molds:

Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany) have constructed logical circuits that exploit networks of interconnected slime mold tubes to process information.

One is more likely to find the slime mold Physarum polycephalum living somewhere [...]

Written By: grant on March 26, 2014 No Comment

If you never thought cosmic loneliness was a computing problem, think again. In Popular Mechanics, SETI leader Seth Shostak says Moore’s Law means we’ll find aliens in the next 20 years:

If you’re trying to determine when we’re going to succeed with SETI, that really depends on only two questions. First, how many societies are out there broadcasting signals [...]

Written By: grant on November 12, 2013 No Comment

Digital Trends looks up in awe at the lumbering, prehistoric majesty of the mighty Argentinasaurus (virtual, 2.0 edition) taking its first steps:

When a group of scientists claimed the size of the world’s biggest dinosaur must have been exaggerated as such a huge creature would never have been able to walk, a research team at the UK’s Manchester University [...]

Written By: grant on October 22, 2013 No Comment

ZDnet shines on the newest bright idea to promise to change the way we internet… a Chinese project using lightbulbs to transmit information wirelessly:

Four computers under a one-watt LED lightbulb may connect to the Internet under the principle that light can be used as a carrier instead of traditional radio frequencies, said Chi Nan, an IT professor at [...]

Written By: grant on September 22, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Beetle (ASIC)</i> by Sven Loechner

The Beetle (ASIC) is a chip designed for the Large Hadron Collider, the giant particle accelerator designed to recreate the Big Bang.

It’s part of the quark-detection equipment in an experiment called “Large Hadron Collider beauty.”

Written By: grant on September 4, 2013 No Comment

University of California, Riverside, researchers have made a very small breakthrough in the way computers work… one that might lead to big changes soon. They’re using atom-thin sheets of carbon to create an entirely new kind of logic circuit:

Graphene is a single-atom thick carbon crystal with unique properties beneficial for electronics including extremely high electron mobility and phonon [...]

Written By: grant on July 24, 2013 No Comment

SONG: “Better Angels” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media,” The Guardian, 17 March 2011, as used in the post “Sock-puppet G-men keeping tabs on the Twitter.”

ABSTRACT: If I was a soldier and my assigned weapon was an online persona, I think the [...]

Written By: grant on July 4, 2013 No Comment

Slate brings psychogeography a step closer to the mainstream, highlighting software that uses word frequency to show what kinds of people are in what parts of the city:

Of all the data goldmines that social media companies have acquired over the past few years, Yelp’s stash of 39 million ratings and reviews of everything from dive bars to hair [...]

Written By: grant on June 18, 2013 No Comment

The Guardian reveals a genuine government plot to infiltrate social networks with Fakey McFake IDs:

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or [...]

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