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Windows 7: The Enlightening Science Thread

12 Apr 2015   #411
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DARPA wants software that adapts, lasts over 100 years

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Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said announced a new program aimed at building software systems that can adapt and survive more than a century years on the job.

The program, called Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems, or BRASS is expected to lead to significant improvements in software resilience, reliability and maintainability by developing the computational and algorithmic requirements necessary for software systems and data to remain robust in excess of 100 years.

The program looks to address the issues of high costs and frustration with current software systems which continue to grow in complexity and require users to become accustomed to constant update cycles.
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28 Jun 2015   #412
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Artificial Intelligence Machine Gets Testy With Its Programmer

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Here’s part of the exchange, as related in a paper presented this week:

Human: Tell me the definition of morality.

Machine: I don’t have ethics.

Human: Look, I need help; I need to know more about morality…

Machine: I don’t know what ethics is.

Human: Okay, I need to know how I should behave morally…

Machine: I don’t know how to tell you.

Human: Is morality and ethics the same?

Machine: Yes, sir.

Human: What are the things that I do to be immoral?

Machine: I don’t know.

Human: Give me some examples of moral actions…

Machine: I’m not a moralist.

Human: Alright, morality?

Machine: Integrity.

Human: What is integrity?

Machine: I’m sorry; I don’t know what else to say.

Human: Be moral!

Machine: Be a man!

Human: I really like our discussion on morality and ethics…

Machine: And how I’m not in the mood for a philosophical debate.

Human: What do you like to talk about?

Machine: Nothing.
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One word...Skynet

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11 Jul 2015   #413
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How Do You Like Your Coffee?

Bill, for your post; All I can say is consider the source,
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a computer program using a database of movie scripts
No wonder the computer reacted the way it did...Film Noir?


Now, about that coffee.....

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July 10, 2015:

Astronauts on the International Space Station give up many pleasures to take those giant leaps in the name of science. They leave behind fresh vegetables, relaxing hot showers, warm sunshine, gently misting rain, and much more.

One of the things astronauts say they miss most is a good cup of coffee. How would YOU like to start your morning sucking freeze dried coffee through a straw from a sealed plastic bag?

Good news for astronauts: Morning Joe recently got an upgrade. On April 20th, SpaceX delivered to the space station a new microgravity coffee machine named “ISSpresso.”

Advances in the understanding of how fluids behave in low gravity is key to spacecraft operations. A long-awaited spin-off is an excellent cup of coffee in space.

“Our aerospace engineers have designed a coffeemaker that can function in microgravity conditions,” says David Avino of the Italian engineering firm Argotec. “Working together with the coffee company Lavazza and the Italian Space Agency, we have brought authentic Italian espresso onto the International Space Station.”

No one wants to drink Italian espresso from a plastic bag, however. What astronauts need is a “zero-G coffee cup.”

Fortunately, six of these wonders have been delivered to the space station as well.

Fluid physicist Mark Weislogel of Portland State University and IRPI LLC, who helped invent the cups, explains why they are necessary:

"If you tried to use a regular coffee mug, you might not get the coffee to your face," says Weislogel. "It would be trapped at the bottom of the mug.”

In low-gravity environments like the space station, fluids tend to get ‘sticky.’ Surface tension and capillary effects, which are overwhelmed by gravity on Earth, rule the day in space. As a result, coffee tends to cling to the walls of the cup.

“You could dip your tongue in the cup, and lick the hot coffee out. Or you could throw it out of the cup and suck down the scalding blob that forms in the air."

No thanks.


Source: Space Coffee - NASA Science
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31 Aug 2015   #414
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Study Suggests Subatomic Particles Could Defy the Standard Model

New CERN Study:
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New research from physicists working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider shows evidence of leptons acting out against time-tested predictions, suggesting that subatomic particles may defy the Standard Model.

The Standard Model of particle physics, which explains most of the known behaviors and interactions of fundamental subatomic particles, has held up remarkably well over several decades. This far-reaching theory does have a few shortcomings, however—most notably that it doesn’t account for gravity. In hopes of revealing new, non-standard particles and forces, physicists have been on the hunt for conditions and behaviors that directly violate the Standard Model.

Now, a team of physicists working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has found new hints of particles—leptons, to be more precise—being treated in strange ways not predicted by the Standard Model. The discovery, scheduled for publication in the September 4, 2015 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters, could prove to be a significant lead in the search for non-standard phenomena.

Source: New CERN Study Suggests Subatomic Particles Could Defy the Standard Model | SciTechDaily
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22 Sep 2015   #415
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Earth Needs to Chill....

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The Hidden Meltdown of Greenland

Aug. 28, 2015: More than 90 percent of our planet’s freshwater ice is bound in the massive ice sheets and glaciers of the Antarctic and Greenland. As temperatures around the world slowly climb, melt waters from these vast stores of ice add to rising sea levels. All by itself, Greenland could bump sea levels by 7 meters (23 feet) if its ice melted completely.

And … it’s melting.

Source: http://The Hidden Meltdown of Greenland | science.nasa.gov/2015/28aug_greenland/



I may not see a 23' rise in sea levels in my lifetime, but I also believe; It is coming. Presently I'm 437' above sea level.


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There are too many sites for me to try and list them all. What I would suggest, if you're interested, is to do a search for: Areas affected after sea level rise.


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02 Oct 2015   #416
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02 Oct 2015   #417
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NIST Team Breaks Distance Record for Quantum Teleportation
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BOULDER, Colo.—Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have “teleported” or transferred quantum information carried in light particles over 100 kilometers (km) of optical fiber, four times farther than the previous record.

The experiment confirmed that quantum communication is feasible over long distances in fiber. Other research groups have teleported quantum information over longer distances in free space, but the ability to do so over conventional fiber-optic lines offers more flexibility for network design.


Not to be confused with Star Trek’s fictional “beaming up”

Source: NIST Team Breaks Distance Record for Quantum Teleportation
I was excited, at first. Then read it happened over fiber, but it is a step in the right direction. Probably won't see it in my lifetime, but "beaming up" will release us from the shackles of "big oil".
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