The Gravity Express

October 17, 2006

About four hundred years ago– sometime in the latter half of the 17th century– Isaac Newton received a letter from the brilliant British scientist and inventor Robert Hooke. In this letter, Hooke outlined the mathematics governing how objects might fall if dropped through hypothetical tunnels drilled through the Earth at varying angles. Though it seems that Hooke was mostly interested in the physics of the thought experiment, an improbable yet intriguing idea fell out of the data: a dizzyingly fast transportation system.

Site – http://www.damninteresting.com


Can Internet communication sustain us?

October 9, 2006

For some, it would be unthinkable — certain social suicide. But Gabe Henderson is finding freedom in a recent decision: He canceled his MySpace account. No longer enthralled with the world of social networking, the 26-year-old graduate student pulled the plug after realizing that a lot of the online friends he accumulated were really just acquaintances. He’s also phasing out his profile on Facebook, a popular social networking site that, like others, allows users to create profiles, swap message and share photos — all with the goal of expanding their circle of online friends.

Site – http://www.cnn.com


Scientists look to place a pro-science president

October 6, 2006

Frustrated by their government’s position on the environment, climate change and stem cell research, a group of US scientists have decided to take matters into their own hands and actively promote the election of a president in 2008 who is more receptive to science. Scientists and Engineers for America plunged into politics last week with the aim of campaigning for particular candidates, starting with the 2006 mid-term elections. SEA says that “scientists and engineers have a right, indeed an obligation, to enter the political debate when the nation’s leaders systematically ignore scientific evidence and analysis.”

Site – http://www.newscientist.com


$10 million prize for mapping human genomes

October 5, 2006

The foundation that inspired a private sector race to space announced a new $10 million prize on Wednesday — this time to inspire a race to sequence the human genetic map faster and cheaper. Although scientists have mapped one person’s genome — by both public and private efforts — it was time-consuming and expensive. The X-Prize Foundation wants to inspire someone to map 100 different human genomes in just 10 days. And just to spice things up, it is offering another $1 million if the team can decode the genomes of 100 more people, including some wealthy donors and celebrities such as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Google co-founder Larry Page.

Site – http://www.cnn.com


Google Code Search

October 5, 2006

Google Code Search is now live — it gives programmers a single place to search publicly accessible source code. It includes: Support for precise searches using regular expressions Restricts by language, license, or filename with advanced operators A search index that includes billions of lines of code Code Search crawls and indexes publicly hosted archives (.tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar, and .zip) and CVS and Subversion repositories, making them searchable in one place. Results are also accessible via a GData feed, which we hope people will use to create plugins for their favorite editors and IDEs.

Site – http://www.google.com


How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot in Any Programming Language

October 5, 2006

The proliferation of modern programming languages (all of which seem to have stolen countless features from one another) sometimes makes it difficult to remember what language you’re currently using. This guide is offered as a public service to help programmers who find themselves in such dilemmas.

Site – http://www.fullduplex.org


Wikimapia

October 3, 2006

Awesome news from Alexandre and Evgeniy at Wikimapia: They have created a Google Earth layer that will allow you to see Wikimapia places! Wikimapia now has more than 1.5 million places marked with new ones being added all the time! This new merging will allow you to see them all! [UPDATE: Sorry if things are slow around here, I am poor so don’t have expensive servers and the Digg Effect has caused some slowdown and outages (I don’t think the problem is with bandwidth, I think it is with the amount of SQL queries). Please be patient!]

Site – http://wikimapia.mattjonesblog.com