MIT has invented and shown off a "Dynamic Shape Display," which looks prime to be the next step of a touch interface by allowing you to reach out and touch someone (or something). Called inFORM, this display can physically change shape to render 3D content, such as someone reaching through a screen, through the use of a large surface that sits on a series of pins, actuators and linkages.Read More
Websites such as match.com often employ algorithms to judge how compatible you might be to someone for a romantic relationship. Typically these involve typical things you might expect such as common interests, opinions, hobbies etc. Facebook is no stranger to this game, and carries the pretty large advantage of having 1.1 billion people to average their data across.Read More
Over thirty years ago, audiences were getting excited about the original Star Wars saga, and now the official Star Wars YouTube channel has uploaded the classic trailer for The Empire Strikes Back .Read More
This is going to be a busy couple of weeks, as I'm proud to announce New Rising Media will be covering GameCity 8. Expect the unexpected, as we dive into one of the nation's greatest celebration of video games.Read More
Not being a fan of the media, or anything related to modern technology; Higgs decided to schedule a holiday at the same time as the Nobel announcements. The Royal Swedish Academy were allegedly trying his phone for days, but only when he returned to his home in Edinburgh and was congratulated by a former neighbor was he aware of his prize.Read More
This teaser trailer for Star Wars from 1976 has surfaced on YouTube, showing you just how George Lucas had to sell the film to his audience before it became a cultural phenomenon. The results are weird, or as the trailer describes "a spectacle light-years ahead of its time."Read More
In judging this EP by its cover, I expected to hear other worldliness, Celtic ballads, or at the very least some panpipes. The promotional photographs for Natalie Earl’s (a.k.a. Helghyer) self released EP feature all the hallmarks of Gaelic promise: moorland, mist, scrubby plants…hell, she’s even wearing a cloak and holding a staff.Read More
It's that time of year where the science community acknowledges some of its most important discoveries. The Nobel Prizes are being announced this week, and today has seen a fitting acknowledgement to one of the most important theories in theoretical physics.
François Englert and Peter W. Higgs both introduced the theory independently of each other in 1964. The idea being that it was the "last piece of the puzzle" of the standard model of particle physics. The "Higgs field" as it came to be known was supposed to be the field which exists everywhere, in which matter is "given" as a result of one particular particle moving through this field, the Higgs Boson. They explain it a lot better than I do.
Finally after almost 50 years, these two scientists have been given credit for their theory-turned discovery. Credit must also be given to the team of 3,000+ physicists and engineers who ran the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which in July last year gave sufficient evidence to accept that the Higgs Boson, and therefore the standard model of physics, is the real deal.
It's truly awesome to see this finally get the praise it deserves, and such an extraordinary man acknowledged for his contribution.
If you're strapped for time, minutephysics have a great video series explaining the Higgs Boson.
Roll on the rest of Nobel week!
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A website has been launched teasing NASA's "biggest discovery that will shake the Earth, it will never be the same again." Set for November 13th, but brought forward to October 6th due to a "change of plans", questions have been raised about its legitimacy.Read More
On August 6 2012, one of NASA's most sophisticated mobile analysis units, the Curiosity Rover landed on mars in order to analyse the chemical composition of its surface soil. The mission was designed to teach us more about what the red planet is currently made of, and more importantly what is WAS made of. Since the discovery of eroded valleys suggest that there once might have been flowing water (perhaps even VERY recently).
Last week NASA published the information that Curiosity has gathered and interpreted so far, and there's a lot, enough for 5 separate papers. Most interestingly, the papers report water found in the composition of the soil collected by Curiosity in certain places.
It's important to stress at this point that this isn't free flowing water in liquid form, but rather water molecules found as part of the rock which makes up the surface. The mineral is known as "mugearite", and the samples were found to be particularly rich around a martian volcano called "Jake_M" (named after a NASA engineer). The soils composition is said to be around 2% water by mass, this is even greater evidence to what is now well accepted to be that Mars was once a planet with flowing water and oceans.
For me at least, the coolest part of this is how the sample data was actually analysed by Curiosity. The Rover has a built in unit known as SAM (Sample Analysis Mars), which chemists and geochemists will know as a Microanalysis unit. Essentially samples are collected, heated up to rather silly temperatures, and the vapour which results is measured for its mass. I've actually used a piece of equipment like this, which is probably why I find it particularly amazing that Curiosity can do it in space, without oxygen in the atmosphere.
A number of other volatile components of the soil were also discovered by Curiosity, in particular carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and oxygen molecules.