• 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” —… Read More

  • 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    If you’re like our own Peter Ha, you are hopelessly outdated and are only now getting into Portal, and it is beating your ass.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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More