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Computers


2/12/15

Scientists develop a method to store data error-free ...

for a million years


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7/29/14

Computer screens that eliminate the need for glasses.

What will they think of next? (5:28)


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6/8/14

It took 65 years, but the Turing Challenge has finally been passed by a robot
(the computer must fool 30% of the judges into believing it is human)




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Devices


5/17/17

This is just one of the things that humans have lost through the ages:

The Antikythera mechanism (4:01)






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4/9/15

Remember George Orwell's classic story "1984" featuring "Big Brother?"



Orwell had it dead wrong.
Were it not for "Big Brother" watching,
this cop would have gotten away with murder.


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5/8/14



They will hit the jackpot when they can make it look like a human.


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9/24/12

Scientists propose first space-time crystal

A Clock That Will Last Forever


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Materials


4/5/16

New metal foam can turn bullets into dust




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To read some brief details about this material
click in the upper left corner on the text that begins with "NC State"



5/20/15

Bacteria can now be used to make concrete ...

self-healing (4:17)


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5/8/14

Plastic that repairs itself




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5/31/13

What is the world's strongest material?




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1/11/13

Heat can now be focused like an electromagnetic wave




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Travel


8/2/15

Interview with Roger Shawyer, the inventor of EM drive (17:55)



Here's a word from NASA about ...

Shawyer's EM drive

And here's a word from neurologist Steven Novella

declaring the EM drive "bullshit" (including my replies)

Even the most powerful skeptics, like Novella,
occasionally make mistakes that violate basic skeptical principles.
No one is in a position to make "pronouncements," like he did,
on scientific projects still in progress (for example: string theory).
In the skeptical community we worship neither deities nor authority figures.
Everyone is fair game, even Novella.

What separates a "rationalist" from the crowd is,
how we deal with those mistakes when we make them, as we all inevitably do.
Here is Novella, writing about a year later, giving a beautiful demonstration of ...

how a Rationalist corrects his mistake

That was the article Novella should have written the first time.
He is still obviously skeptical, as are we all,
but this time he avoided passing judgment ("bullshit") prematurely.

After Novella wrote the second article I committed a major blunder.
I told him that he should have written that in the first place.
It was some time later that I realized my mistake.
Instead of criticizing him for his mistake,
I should have commended him for demonstrating
one of the most important skeptical principles of all.



UPDATE - 11/25/16

Shawyer's EM drive was published in a peer-reviewed journal



ANOTHER UPDATE - 1/11/17

This is the proper way to deal with in-progress scientific research ...

which stretches one's credulity (first 10 minutes)



THE SAGA CONTINUES - 5/22/18




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