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Posted on Jan 21, 2011 6:32:29 PM PST
getalife says:
Did you know Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 8:30:33 AM PST
The guys at MIT are at it again. This time they used at Kinect motion system to capture and generate a moving hologram of a person.
Check the video out. It is VERY awful, but who knows how long it would take to perfect?
(Oh, and how did they convince that poor girl to dress up and do the whole Princess Leia spiel?):

http://www.fastcompany.com/1720183/mits-kinect-powered-hologram-tv-suggests-3-d-is-not-the-tv-tech-youre-looking-for
"Eat Your Heart Out, Princess Leia!: Kinect-Powered Hologram TV Suggests 3-D Is Not the Tech You're Looking For"

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 8:43:35 AM PST
That's pretty cool. And yeah, that's probably what I'd choose for a demo: "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope."

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 10:50:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2011 11:17:34 AM PST
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20110020210921data_trunc_sys.shtml

NATURALLY QUANTUM CRITICAL MATERIAL (YTTERBIUM) IDENTIFIED. (An exotic new superconductor that could have profound implications for the manufacture of superconductors and electronics.)

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2011/01/jetpack-takes-you-on-a-magic-carpet-ride.html

NEW JETPACK, on sale later this year, is propelled by water jets, and can soar 10 meters above water at a maximum speed of 35 kilometers per hour.

http://gizmodo.com/5744960/the-watch-that-comes-from-a-future-in-which-you-still-have-no-money-to-pay-for-it

ATTENTION SUPERMAN FANS! A cool new (and expensive) watch with kryptomite due to go on sale in March. It's called "The Key Of Time".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2011 11:41:33 AM PST
M. Helsdon says:
"NATURALLY QUANTUM CRITICAL MATERIAL (YTTERBIUM) IDENTIFIED. (An exotic new superconductor that could have profound implications for the manufacture of superconductors and electronics.)"

The conductive attributes of Ytterbium have been known since the 50s, when sufficiently pure samples could be produced, and its more extreme properties were identified about ten years ago.

"NEW JETPACK, on sale later this year, is propelled by water jets, and can soar 10 meters above water at a maximum speed of 35 kilometers per hour."

Minor drawback that it has to be close to the boat pumping the water to it.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 2:59:59 PM PST
OK, this one was just too funny NOT to post.
http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2011-01/mexican-authorities-seize-homemade-marijuana-hurling-catapult-border

This gave me a new thought - is there any doubt that these guys would love to have a maglev launch sled? Would bring smuggling to a whole new level.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 3:17:21 PM PST
Bob -

I just saw that Catapult-Across-The-Border story. Too funny! Although, on a non-catapult level, prisons in this country have problems with people throwing drug-filled balls across their outer fences.

Here's another "special notice" story today: Lockdown-At-Dugway-Proving-Grounds last night.

http://nationalterroralert.com/2011/01/26/armys-dugway-proving-ground-on-lockdown/

Some nerve gas was "unaccounted for." But no catapults involved, as far as we know.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 7:42:56 PM PST
Marilyn,

I thought for sure you would reference the following. You obviously don't watch Mythbusters enough!

Mythbusters Season 7 Episode 9 investigated multiple jail break myths (like can you use dental floss to saw through the bars). But they also did this one:
"Did an 18th century prisoner once put his ball and chain - shackled to his ankle - in the prison cannon and fire himself over the prison wall to freedom. Is it possible?"
The first 2 minutes of the episode shows a bit of it (for free) at:
Prison Escape

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2011 12:21:32 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Nah, she was too intent on slipping in the nerve gas story. (Interesting how here she leaves out the wacky "Area 51" "speculation" that she included in Aliens. Ooh, tailoring the message to venue... mad freeloonce writer skillz! LOL.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 3:05:09 AM PST
Bob -

No, I'm not a big fan of Mythbusters. They do a quick-and-dirty experiment on something that may be only marginally close to the "myth" they are trying to "bust". Some of their results are amazing and quite good. Other results are just questionably hyped and really inconclusive.

And my reference to balls thrown over prison fences, was for illegal drugs coming INTO the prison. Nothing to do with inmates escaping.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2011 10:09:00 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
"Other results are just questionably hyped and really inconclusive."

At least they have RESULTS, not just "speculation" and Internet "research". LOL.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 11:58:50 AM PST
Earlier in this thread we mentioned "Superman". I happened to run across this today. It is a pretty funny video from the professor who teaches a physics course and wrote the following books:
The Physics of Superheroes
The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition

The video is pretty funny and is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pBzkfDt23Q

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 6:58:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2011 6:59:43 PM PST
"...but you write one story about Spider-Man..."

LOL

Thanks for the links. It goes at least on my wish list, if not immediately in my cart.
Are Bucky and Uncle Ben still dead?

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 11:44:58 AM PST
http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/01/magnetized-target-fusion.html#

MAGNETIZED TARGET FUSION UPDATE (And the difference between the U.S. and Canadian versions.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2011 6:01:44 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
(You do realize that the hash mark (#) on the ends of the URLs you're retyping does nothing if not followed by an anchor name/id, right? LOL.)

This was good, from the comments:

"There is nothing wrong with keeping an open mind, so long as it is not so open your brain falls out."

Be careful not to step on your brain, Marilyn. It's sliming around on the floor there somewhere. :)

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 3:32:12 AM PST
(And then there is bumbling-blathering "slime" like you, RC, that definitely needs to be stepped on!)

For everyone else, there is progress being made with Superglass.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/239951-superglass-even-withstands-bomb
From the UK, SUPERGLASS THAT CAN WITHSTAND TRUCK BOMBS

Curious to think of a product that can withstand a large bomb, and also might (at least in the future) give us spacecraft-windows for the space tourist trade. Maybe they should rename it "cataclysm glass" ...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 5:17:18 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
"(And then there is bumbling-blathering "slime" like you, RC, that definitely needs to be stepped on!)"

Charming as always. But "bumbling", Marilyn? In what way do I bumble? Especially compared to an ignorant old harridan who can't even copy-paste a URL? Hmmm?

(And were I to post something like you just did about stepping on someone, you'd be screaming "Threat! He threatened me!" to wake the dead. LOL.)

"Maybe they should rename it 'cataclysm glass' ..."

Why? That would be and sound pretty stupid. As you yourself just pointed out, it could have applications far beyond bomb-proof windows. D'uh.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 9:20:41 AM PST
Here's something interesting. NASA is working on using carbon nanotube coatings to minimize light reflection off of spacecraft probes. The reflections can pollute the signals the probes are looking at. They've come up with a coating that is 'blacker than black'.

See-> http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/new-nano.html

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2011 4:36:41 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Ten times better than the paint they currently use... not bad.

Reflections from probes polluting the signals being observed... not quite a Heisenberg situation but something to keep in mind nonetheless. ;)

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 5:47:13 PM PST
It's time to activate the Heisenberg compensaters!

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 7:22:29 PM PST
No, No, Sailor B. The Heisenberg compensators are for teleporters.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 7:27:14 PM PST
Invisibility gets closer:
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-02/using-special-crystals-researchers-achieve-true-invisibility-visual-spectrum

Though, since they are embedding the object in a crystal. I guess I wouldn't want a cloak made of that stuff! And, wouldn't someone just say, "Hey, why is that crystal walking around??!"

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 7:48:36 PM PST
Oh, that's right! Yes, yes: teleporters.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 7:53:31 AM PST
CRIME AND DEFENSE - 2011

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/st_crimeware/
CYBER-CROOKS NOW HAVE STATE-OF-THE-ART CYBER-THEFT SOFTWARE!

http://www.sibarigear.com/
This is a company whose entire product line is "bags to carry concealed weapons".

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2011 1:45:48 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
"http://www.sibarigear.com/
This is a company whose entire product line is 'bags to carry concealed weapons'."

Where's the on-the-horizon tech in that? D'uh.
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