Physics

  • Cool People Play Their Music With An Electric Plasma Spark, Not A Normal Speaker

    Cool People Play Their Music With An Electric Plasma Spark, Not A Normal Speaker

    How do you listen to your music? Headphones you say? Sometimes on an Airplay or Bluetooth speaker? Oh. That’s pretty cool. I just listen to mine on plasma. Dancing electrical sparks that leap between two electrodes and produce a small amount of ozone. No big deal. Just, you know, how cool people do. Actually that’s not how I listen to music, but it could be if I back the ARC Plasma… Read More

  • Nobel Physics prize goes to creators of the CCD, fiber optic communications

    Nobel Physics prize goes to creators of the CCD, fiber optic communications

    With all the hoopla lately about the Nobel Peace prize, you might have missed the fact that there was another Nobel prize given away this week: the Nobel Prize In Physics. This significantly geekier prize was actually awarded to two separate inventions, both of which are extremely significant. Read More

  • Today in CG Comments: I am become Death, the buyer of Chanel

    Today in CG Comments: I am become Death, the buyer of Chanel

    ML Smith of some weird blogs commented on our pithy commentary between Audrina and Audrina’s co-worker on The Hills describing the Large Hadron Collider. Instead of a reasoned debate about the relative merits of Audrina vs. Heidi we were privy to long-winded commentary on Nagasaki and the potential for a second “Big Bang.” A short snippet: CLIC ML Smith Perhaps I have become… Read More

  • Four-port USB hub with Newton’s Cradle action

    Four-port USB hub with Newton’s Cradle action

      I can’t tell if this is cool or dumb of if you’d simply buy it and go “Why did I just do that?” At the very least, you’d get a four-port USB hub out of the deal. At the very most, you’d get a four-port USB hub that doubles as a Newton’s Cradle device — although, as OhGizmo! points out, the whole physics aspect of the Newton’s Cradle part of… Read More

  • End of the world delayed while Large Hadron Collider cooling problem fixed, smashing to resume next week

    End of the world delayed while Large Hadron Collider cooling problem fixed, smashing to resume next week

    When it comes to running a gigantic machine capable of ripping a hole in the space-time continuum that could suck the entire earth (and more) into oblivion, it’s probably safe to assume that you can never be too careful. This week was supposed to be the week that the Large Hadron Collider sent two proton beams careening at almost the speed of light in opposite directions on a literal crash… Read More

  • Linux used for Large Hadron Collider project

    Linux used for Large Hadron Collider project

    According to InternetNews.com, the Large Hadron Collider project that we’ve been hearing so much about runs a customized version of Linux called CernVM. Apparently it ran Vista at first, but the Aero interface kept slowing down the proton acceleration. Try as they might, scientists just couldn’t get the Windows Experience Index above a 4.2. I kid, I kid. There was also an interesting… Read More

  • End of the world on Wednesday, take a half day today

    End of the world on Wednesday, take a half day today

    CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will be activated this Wednesday. The LHC is a 17-mile long underground tunnel near Geneva that houses the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Scientists use all this doohickery to smash protons together in order to recreate what they think happened during the initial stages of the Big Bang, specifically “the singularity” — the… Read More

  • Portal broken down, squished into a megabyte

    Portal broken down, squished into a megabyte

    If you’re like our own Peter Ha, you are hopelessly outdated and are only now getting into Portal, and it is beating your ass. And by your ass, I mean your mind. Well, if you’re curious about the way those portals work, check out this illuminating little article at Gamasutra. There, they demystify the way the portals work (game physics and programming-wise, anyway) and there is even a… Read More

  • New 177.79 GeForce drivers to implement physics calculations on GPU

    New 177.79 GeForce drivers to implement physics calculations on GPU

    Excellent. While so far only a few games have really used physics to truly change the game (here’s one example), having realistic debris and so on certainly makes for wonderful window-dressing no matter what. Of course, game environments are getting more and more complicated and Ageia hoped to harness the upcoming need for more physics calculation. They were, of course, assimilated by Nvidia… Read More

  • Expanding on the Alcubierre warp drive by manipulating the 11th dimension

    Expanding on the Alcubierre warp drive by manipulating the 11th dimension

    In what is known as the Alcubierre drive – which was first proposed in 1994 – a warp drive could be created by wrapping a ship in negative energy and then manipulating spacetime. By expanding spacetime behind the ship while contracting it in the front, a warp bubble (and ship) would travel along the wave. In theory, relativistic effects would not apply, as the ship would be carried… Read More

 
  • Wireless Power Coming Soon? Perhaps

    Wireless Power Coming Soon? Perhaps

    I think everyone would love wireless power at this point. The fire hazard known as my “work area” is just dying to go wireless and free up some electrical sockets. Luckily, that may happen sooner than I thought. US researchers have started developing and working on a method for delivering power wirelessly. They draw on both new technologies and old ones from the likes of Nikola Tesla… Read More