The Doomsday Invention
Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a Times best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford. . But Arkhipov dissuaded him, and all-out atomic war was averted ...
November 16, 2015
Top 5 TV: 'Mr. Show' Redux and the Return of Ronald Reagan
single gag lands in the series' too-brief four-episode run, but when the troupe hits on a good idea — a "no-nonsense" TV judge replaced by one who tolerates some nonsense; an anti-police harassment activist encountering a friendly cop — they ...
November 16, 2015
Karlheinz Merkle to receive 2015 Marsh O'Neill Award
Blas Cabrera, a professor of physics, said Merkle runs an "extremely efficient and productive facility, and always finds the time to talk to students and postdoctoral scholars, and answer all of their questions about how to design equipment. "In my ...
November 11, 2015
What the Pentagon's Reactivation of a Cold War Bunker Means for Investors
And just to cover our bases, I'll explain how you can score quick profits in a group of companies getting paid billions to solve this problem should our government act in time to prevent this catastrophe. This group And without question, it is ...
November 9, 2015
11:59:60 — Look For An Extra Tick Of The Clock Tonight
Astronomers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris decided earlier this year on the extra tick of the clock — the 26th time that's happened since the world started using atomic clocks, the Los Angeles Times reports....
June 30, 2015
Theatre Laid Bare
“If something on the table is here, and tomorrow it is over there, he would be, like, 'But yesterday this was here.' So I know I have to deal It was not the first time that van Hove had included animals in a production: his Macbeth rode a cart ...
October 19, 2015
6 Things You Should Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal
In a speech to the nation, President Obama said that while that is true, this deal extends Iran's "breakout time" — or the time it would take the country to make enough highly enriched material for a nuclear bomb. The White House estimates that ...
July 14, 2015
Omens Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a Times best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford. Titled “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” it argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not... Central to this concern is the prospect of an “intelligence explosion,” a speculative event in which an A. I. gains the ability to improve itself, and in short order exceeds the intellectual potential of the human brain by many orders of magnitude. “Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb,” he concludes. “Superintelligence” is only his most visible response to ideas that he encountered two decades ago, when he became a transhumanist, joining a fractious quasi-utopian movement united by the expectation that accelerating advances in technology will...
Oddly — or appropriately — this was actually a good week for small-screen escapism, thanks to kick-ass action from a pair of effects-heavy adventure shows, some long overdue comedy from a beloved duo, and a strange trip into the thoughts of an... Each of those four shows makes it into this week's column, joined by a bold bit of political theater from one of basic cable's best dramas. We couldn't have picked a better time to binge on the Mr. Show creators' return to sketch comedy. Yes, not every single gag lands in the series' too-brief four-episode run, but when the troupe hits on a good idea — a "no-nonsense" TV judge replaced by one who tolerates some nonsense. an anti-police harassment activist encountering a friendly cop — they perform the bit with the precision timing of an atomic clock. Odenkirk's accomplished post- Mr. Show career serves him well here, with his richer acting experience bringing more depth to sketches like the one where his "bad cop" is sensitive over what his "good cop" partner says about him to crooks. And in one of the best new sketches, the local news reports on the death of a previously unknown member of the Beatles, as a philosophical man-on-the-street wonders, "If you had an invisible third arm that was paralyzed, would you miss it. " The...
One short sentence, tucked among the many testimonials for Karlheinz Merkle, winner of the 2015 Marsh O'Neill Award , nicely sums up his impact on experimental research at Stanford: "He made my research idea come true. Merkle, who has been the supervisor of the Physics Machine Shop since 1998, is the winner of this year's Marsh O'Neill Award for Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University's Research Enterprise. In the shop, located in the Varian Physics Building, Merkle and three laboratory machinists design and fabricate – and modify – highly specialized components essential to state-of-the-art research in the physical sciences and engineering. As members of the last full-service machine shop on campus, their services are in demand throughout the research community. Members of the Stanford community who would like to attend should RSVP to Cheryl Weissbart in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, cherylw1@stanford. The award was established in honor of Marshall D. O'Neill, who worked at Stanford from 1952 to 1990, when he retired as associate director of the W. W. Hansen Laboratories. Professors, graduate students and staff researchers who nominated Merkle for the award said he plays many roles in the shop. One person described Merkle as "an entrepreneur who deals with technical issues and personnel while optimizing business in the shop, which is expected to break even.
It costs $207 million per gram, and it's not printer ink
Speaking to The Telegraph, Dr Kyriakos Porfyrakis, founder of the company and nanomaterials expert, said: "Imagine a minaturised atomic clock that you could carry around in your smartphone." "This is the next revolution for mobile." Most current atomic ...
December 8, 2015
Time Bomb: Clock May Be Ticking for UW’s Historic Nuclear Reactor Building
Deep inside UW’s fortress-like structure, a small, working nuclear reactor was entombed and used to train budding atomic engineers ... was a showpiece for the UW, coming at a time when nuclear-engineering was as cool as computer science programs are ...
December 7, 2015
Lawmaker to once again push daylight saving time plan
A proposal to keep New Mexico on daylight saving time all year is back on the table. State Sen. Cliff Pirtle wants to stop the biannual tradition of changing the clocks. He wants the ... but never made it to the governor's desk.
December 7, 2015
Attack on Pearl Harbor Remembered
At five minutes to eight o'clock, on a Sunday morning ... By war's end, America had become a superpower nation, ushering in the age of atomic and nuclear weapons; Stalin's Russian forces covered Eastern Europe leading to a decades-long Cold War stand ...
December 7, 2015
The clock which can predict doomsday
CHICAGO- There is a clock which is hanging on the wall of University of Chicago ... many who had been involved in the Manhattan Project started a regular Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Since then, their Science and Security Board meets twice a year ...
December 7, 2015
Doomsday Clock awaits outcome of Paris talks
a group of scientists including many tists including many who had been involved in the Manhattan Project started a regular Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. It hit upon a dramatic visual metaphor in 1947 with the Doomsday Clock, meant to show how close we are ...
December 5, 2015
First Night Clock App Released for Ubuntu Phones, Available Now for Free
Night Clock has been designed from the ground-up to be a simple application that display the time in a format similar to the one used on those digital LED desk alarm clocks that most of us own. As you can see in the image attached at the end of the article ...
December 4, 2015