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Nature abhors a Higgs

October 16, 2009

A few days ago, the NYT published a bizarre article which suggested - or rather, which discussed a paper that itself suggested - that the Large Hadron Collider was actually being sabotaged. By itself. From the future. (I promise you won't regret clicking that link. I've watched the video four times just writing this.) Confused, […]

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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords

September 17, 2009

Why waste your time with those "Did You Know?" videos (the fourth one has just been released; in lieu of a link please accept my earlier criticisms) when you can see the wonders of the future right here: I found the phone-catching demonstration near the end particularly astounding. (Via Spontaneous Symmetry)

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Progress is magical

September 1, 2009

Scott Locklin writes an excellent and enjoyable blog, but I found his latest article for Taki Magazine extremely disappointing. Titled "The Myth of Technological Progress," it bemoans his perception that technology has not advanced in the last 50 years at nearly the same rate as in the previous half-century. (I know that the article plays […]

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The graph is half full

March 31, 2009

The Big Picture has a post which borrows two graphs from Credit Suisse that are meant to illustrate the performance of the S&P 500 in the 100 days following a "major trough."  I re-borrow them here: It looks like the top graph represents a collection of bear market bottoms, which are easily identifiable by the […]

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Dreams of Kurzweil

March 25, 2009

Microsoft's heavily-rotoscoped vision of 2019... I can't wait: For the closet futurists among you wondering about the title reference, see the "2019" chapter of Kurzweil's The Age of Spiritual Machines .

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