Category Archives: science

Knowledge is Power

I challenge us to consider the common phrase, knowledge is power.

Knowledge is power, when it is wielded to advantage. I came to consider this caveat a few months ago, when my wife challenged me with the question, “What are you going to do with all of the books that you read?” What was left unsaid in her question was, what would I do with the knowledge that I gained from reading the books?

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Teleportation Takes Quantum Leap Forward

The United States Department of Defense and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence today issued a joint news release announcing a electronic urban battlefield personnel and weapons transportation system, codenamed EUBPAWT (pronounced EUW-paw). The EUBPAWT system utilizes a high-energy quantum mechanical electrical field to quantify the quantum molecular structure of living tissue, which is then spatially transported and interstitially reconstituted.

 

Reset Your Digital Watch, Saturday Night

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERRSS) will move time backward one second on December 31, 2005. An extra second will be added at the end of the year to to account for the slowing of the Earth’s rotation. The IERRSS recognizes that our planet’s pace of rotation is unpredictable, and will institute the first leap second in seven years. Normally the leap second is a nearly annual event.

 

I Can’t See You Anymore

Light travels at 186,000 miles (300 million meters) per second in a vacuum but physicists in the United States and Russia are just a little bit faster, actually capturing the light photons and stopping them in their tracks. The newly-developed technique offers opportunities to improve optical communication, manage quantum data, a boon to the future of both communication and digital security.

 

Beyond the Internet: The Grid

Many of us may remember sneaker nets (sharing files using floppies distributed around the office), and most of us have used local area networks and electronically shared files. If you’re reading this newsletter, you’re using the Internet, a global network that distributes files (webpages, binary file transfers, and peer-to-peer file sharing). However, until recently, the distribution of data on each of these networks were manually controlled, the users choosing which files to distribute, the networks serving only as transmission media for data that are processed by individual users, separated from one another.