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An art installation from the Koln International School of Design aims to give us a feel for the ethereal radio waves we take for granted every day. Binairy Talk, created by Niklas Isselburg and Jakob Killian, uses a sound…
Microsoft explains quantum computing so even you can understand
Brooke Crothers, cnet.com
Quantum computing may someday blow away today’s smartest machines. It’s weird and heavy on the physics, but Microsoft thinks you can handle it.
Microsoft is offering a quick quantum computing primer that makes the esoteric subject almost…
British researchers have created the ‘new black’ of the science world - and it is being dubbed super black.
The material absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of light, a new world record, and is so dark the human eye struggles to discern its shape and dimension, giving the appearance of a black hole.
Named Vantablack, or super black, it also conducts heat seven and half times more effectively than copper, and is ten times stronger than steel.
It is created by Surrey NanoSystems using carbon nanotubes, which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between.
*orders an outfit*
The first computer mouse
Each time you click your mouse, you’re paying homage to a UC Berkeley engineering alum Douglas Engelbart. Originally patented as the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System,” Engelbart invented and developed the first computer mouse. (It got its nickname “mouse” due to the cord attached to rear of the device that looked like a tail.)
Engelbart is known for giving “The Mother of All Demos" in 1968 — a live demonstration that featured almost all of the fundamental elements of modern computing: windows, hypertext, graphics, efficient navigation, command input, video conferencing and a collaborative real-time editor.
Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We’ll Arrive At Pluto
“Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He has spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination.
"Not only did we choose the date, by the way, we chose the hour and the minute. And we’re on track," says Stern, the principal investigator for NASA’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission."
Learn more at NPR.
The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.
A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and t…