Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

How do you explain the Higgs to a layman?

How do you explain the Higgs to a layman? Easy – just ask a scientist or two or three, oh – and don’t forget, you’ll need a Mexican hat! - Deskarati -

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Why Yuor Barin Can Raed Tihs

You might not realize it, but your brain is a code-cracking machine. For emaxlpe, it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod aepapr, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. S1M1L4RLY, Y0UR M1ND 15 R34D1NG 7H15 4U70M471C4LLY W17H0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17. Passages like these have been bouncing around the Internet for years. … Continue reading

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Boltzmann’s Constant

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We all know that water flows downhill, not uphill, because that’s the way gravity works. Gravity is a force, and the gravitational pull of the earth acts as if it were concentrated at the center of the earth, and pulls the water downhill. However, there isn’t a similar explanation for why we see ice cubes melt when placed in a glass of hot water but never see ice cubes form spontaneously in a glass of tepid water. This has to … Continue reading

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Scientist makes ‘Avatar’ robot

A Japanese-developed robot that mimics the movements of its human controller is bringing the Hollywood blockbuster “Avatar” one step closer to reality. Users of the TELESAR V don special equipment that allows them not only to direct the actions of a remote machine, but also to see, hear and feel the same things as their doppelganger android. “When I put on the devices and move my body, I see my hands having turned into the robot hands. When I move my … Continue reading

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