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Fri Aug 19 09:00:08
How Two Physicists Unlocked the Secrets of Two Dimensions

"Condensed matter physics is the most active field of contemporary physics and has yielded some of the biggest breakthroughs of the past century. But as rapidly as technology has advanced, scientists have only scratched the surface. Now for the first time, Jie Shan and Fai Mak, a married couple of physicists at Cornell University, have figured out a way to create artificial atoms in the lab, opening the door to a new era in research."

Fri Aug 26 13:28:37

Vala Afshar @ValaAfshar

This incredible animation shows how deep humans have dug


Fri Aug 26 15:20:30
Interesting video.

The animation on the digging wasn't all that incredible.
Fri Aug 26 15:21:46

No it wasn't. I'm just using this for random stuff.

Fri Aug 26 17:02:30
Yeah it was. Then again I like experimental physics stuff.

changing view of lights from space.

Wed Aug 31 10:17:01

World's Highest Jumping Robot


Wed Aug 31 11:08:04

without Chinese, u literally wuld be 50 years back in time

Tue Sep 06 18:30:15

World's Largest Cruise Ship to Be Scrapped Before First Voyage

It may have cost around $1.4 billion to built, but the Global Dream II is destined to be trash.

The ship that would have become the world’s largest cruise liner has been scrapped before it ever had the chance to take its maiden voyage.

If wasting wild amounts of resources and money is your type of thing, this is the story for you.

Global Dream II was slated to carry 9,000 passengers and was built by German-Hong Kong shipbuilding firm MV Werften to the tune of nearly $1.4 billion, according to the Daily Mail. It was nearly finished when the company went bankrupt at the start of this year.

Since that happened, no buyer has stepped up to buy the 20-deck, 1,122-foot-long monstrosity. That means it’s now destined for the scrap heap. The Mail says that Global Dream II also features an outdoor waterpark and a movie theater. Man, I really don’t get cruises.

The capacity of this ship blows the second largest ship, the Oasis-class Wonder of the Sea which is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean, out of the water (I love a good pun). The Wonder of the Seas has a passenger capacity of only 6,988. Pathetic.

Despite the $1.4 billion put out to build this behemoth, the ship still needs about $230,000,000 worth of work. Apparently, it is structurally complete, but equipment and passenger facilities still need to be finished.

Eagle-eyed readers will have noted the “II” in the ship’s name. Yes, there is a twin Global Dream, but it hasn’t been given the ax… yet.

The Mail reports that right now the two ships are being stored in a German shipyard in Wismar. However, that yard will soon be used to build military vessels. That means the Global Dreams have to be out of there by the end of next year.


Fri Sep 09 16:09:40

Driverless Vehicles (crap)


Mon Sep 12 15:29:46


Trust falls should be replaced by this.

Sun Sep 25 13:20:27

Like he wasn't even there. (Vince Carter/Fredric Weis)


Fri Dec 02 14:45:41

10m long RC Concorde.


Wed Jan 18 22:37:26

The world’s largest waterfall ... is underwater.


Sun Jan 22 13:02:43
I want to know who made Pinochet's capes. I mean, not many places sell high quality capes, I know, Ive looked.

Where they custom? Cotton/wool blend?

Ive always had a fondness for robes, I think I'd like to get a few capes to match my suits and the weather.

They do look pretty harass, long or short. Maybe they could be Kevlar for added protection, he had a dangerous job sanitizing the country of communists.
Mon Jan 23 09:57:27
No more simple on-off switches, this is our bright future:


The lights have been on at a Massachusetts school for over a year because no one can turn them off

Blame it on the pandemic and "supply chain problems," says the school district's assistant superintendent of finance.

WILBRAHAM, Mass. — For nearly a year and a half, a Massachusetts high school has been lit up around the clock because the district can’t turn off the roughly 7,000 lights in the sprawling building.

The lighting system was installed at Minnechaug Regional High School when it was built over a decade ago and was intended to save money and energy. But ever since the software that runs it failed on Aug. 24, 2021, the lights in the Springfield suburbs school have been on continuously, costing taxpayers a small fortune.

“We are very much aware this is costing taxpayers a significant amount of money,” Aaron Osborne, the assistant superintendent of finance at the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, told NBC News. “And we have been doing everything we can to get this problem solved.”

Osborne said it’s difficult to say how much money it's costing because during the pandemic and in its aftermath, energy costs have fluctuated wildly.

“I would say the net impact is in the thousands of dollars per month on average, but not in the tens of thousands,” Osborne said.

That, in part, is because the high school uses highly efficient fluorescent and LED bulbs, he said. And, when possible, teachers have manually removed bulbs from fixtures in classrooms while staffers have shut off breakers not connected to the main system to douse some of the exterior lights.

(long article, read the rest at the link)

Mon Jan 23 13:23:34

Yeah but it's OK because it's an energy saving lighting system. :o)

Tue Jan 24 23:19:44

Could Ultrasound Replace the Stethoscope?


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