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Written By: grant on May 29, 2013 No Comment

The Telegraph reports on (or, at least, repeats Wired‘s reporting on) the dirigibles spreading the World Wide Web to places no internet has gone before:

“To help enable the campaign, Google has been putting together an ecosystem of low-cost smartphones running Android on low-power microprocessors,” Wired said. “Rather than traditional infrastructure, Google’s signal will be carried by high-altitude platforms [...]

Written By: grant on May 14, 2013 No Comment

Science Daily isn’t talking about fiberoptics. They’re looking at the latest breakthroughs that take the “electrons” out of “electronics” by using photons to process information:

Scientists from the Group of Philip Walther from the Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna succeeded in prototyping a new and highly resource efficient model of a quantum computer — the boson sampling computer.

The huge [...]

Written By: grant on May 1, 2013 No Comment

Wired (via CNN) is sizing up the new guy on the mound – a mechanical brain designed to outsmart pitchers:

Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have built a small humanoid robot that plays baseball — or something like it. The bot can hold a fan-like bat and take [...]

Written By: grant on April 12, 2013 No Comment

And, Wired says, about as thick, too. But this chip can still do everything a GPS can do… without the satellites:

At the University of Michigan on Wednesday, researchers for Darpa announced they’d created a very small chip containing a timing and inertial measurement unit, or TIMU, that’s as thick as a couple human hairs. When the satellites we rely [...]

Written By: grant on April 2, 2013 No Comment

New Scientist adds up the arguments over bitcoins, the computer-generated form of money. We’re now seeing plans to regulate the imaginary currency:

Virtual currencies are to be regulated by the US Treasury after the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) moved to clarify their status under anti-money-laundering laws.

The move comes as Bitcoins doubled in value in just a few [...]

Written By: grant on March 25, 2013 No Comment

New York Times has a pretty good profile of what could be the next big breakthrough in computing – the chips that understand “maybe”:

[A] powerful new type of computer that is about to be commercially deployed by a major American military contractor is taking computing into the strange, subatomic realm of quantum mechanics. In that infinitesimal neighborhood, common [...]

Written By: grant on February 23, 2013 No Comment

SONG: “Spirit of the Words” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on Computer program roots out ancestors of modern tongues”, Nature, 11 Feb 2013, as used in the post “’Bituqen’ is Proto-Polynesian for ‘star.’ A computer figured that out.”

ABSTRACT: I kinda knew I wanted to write a song about this story [...]

Written By: grant on February 12, 2013 No Comment

Nature reports on the algorithm researchers have devised to find (or recreate) the ancestors of modern languages:

Statistician Alexandre Bouchard-Côté of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and his co-workers say that by making the reconstruction of ancestral languages much simpler, their method should facilitate the testing of hypotheses about how languages evolve.

Bouchard-Côté and colleagues’ method [...]

Written By: grant on January 27, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Finite Element Mesh for a Klein Surface</i>, by Cristian Barbarosie, 2009.

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An inside that is also an outside, as depicted in Python.


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