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Entries from September 2011

Glider

September 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Great news by GameSetWatch: Glider is ported to smart phones. You don’t know what Glider is? Here is a video:

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Tags: Other games

Faster-Than-Light

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Big news from the CERN institute today: their measurements in the Opera experiment show some sub-atomic particles must have exceeded the speed of light! Not by very much, but it is significant. This is such a huge finding that they now have asked institutes in Japan and the US to repeat the experiment, in order […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Science · Science Fiction

On Foldit and Joynet Solutions

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Check out this story about one of the inspirations for the Joynet website that I am building on msnbc. It features Foldit, software that lets gamers try to solve chemistry problems using molecular folding techniques translated to a 3D puzzle. I am convinced this is a valuable way to use “crowd-sourcing” to do more than […]

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Tags: Biology · Me · Opinion · Other games · Science

Double starred planet

September 16th, 2011 · No Comments

NASA’s Kepler mission had big news yesterday: it has found a planet orbiting not one, but two stars. I guess it was a matter of time; with the observations so-far proving that planets are very common around stars, and it was already known that double stars are numerous too. But it is now proven. And […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Exoplanets galore

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments

The good thing about having more than one institute looking for exoplanets, is that they will be eager to bring out results in a timely manner.
Yesterday the HARPS group published the news that 37 new exoplanets are found, of which 19 are super-Earths. The news from Kepler is that they have now found 1781 candidates, […]

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Tags: Astronomy

Opportunity Rocks

September 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

A very excited NASA reported yesterday that the new site the Opportunity reached has indeed rocks which are composed of different stuff than the rovers have found thus-far.
In their report yesterday you could also discern concern, the rover is already operating 30 times longer than it was build to last, and with all this new […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots