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18-08-2011, 19:24   #1486
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IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14574747




Slightly disappointed they didn't mention a positronic net
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18-08-2011, 20:52   #1487
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Another terrific video!
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19-08-2011, 11:59   #1488
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Really think the fallacy should have been called something else, but still a nice video.



Reckon the point is too good and non exclusive to post it in the A&A video related thread.
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IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14574747



Research funding from US Defense dept..........can we expect mechanised drone infantry next?!
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19-08-2011, 14:05   #1490
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One of my favourite open source projects is a desktop 3D printing machine that aims to be as self replicating as possible. It can build all of its own plastic parts and efforts are under way to lay its own electronics.



Though sometimes my imagination runs wild

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^Drone infantry v1.0

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19-08-2011, 17:03   #1491
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Via /., A 13 year old boy builds a solar collector in the shape of a tree, where the arrangement of the individual panels matches the positions of branches, twigs + leaves (which is dictated by the Fibonnaci sequence).

Turns out that the static tree pattern generates between 20 and 50% more power than the traditional static array arrangement at 45 degrees.

He won a prize and a provisional patent:

http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/y...011/aidan.html

That's cool.
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19-08-2011, 23:03   #1492
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Via /., A 13 year old boy builds a solar collector in the shape of a tree:

http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/y...011/aidan.html
Fibonacci divine numbers is all very romantic but...
Looks like the tree has 16 or 17 panels, but the 45 degree angle mounting only has 10.
Unless the other 6 or 7 are mounted on the shady side of the mount, which defeats the purpose of it.
The most efficient design would be one whose angle matches the location's latitude (53 degrees for mid Ireland) and which tracks the sun, east to west, like a sunflower does.
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19-08-2011, 23:54   #1493
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a type of female insect has started making clones of its father internally to fertilise it's own unborn female offspring before they are even born. or something...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...-mate-fathers/

i keep thinking of fry in futurama.
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a type of female insect has started making clones of its father internally to fertilise it's own unborn female offspring before they are even born. or something...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...-mate-fathers/

i keep thinking of fry in futurama.
It's like past nastification, but in the present...
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22-08-2011, 13:46   #1495
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Interesting opinion piece in the NYT about morality by Joel Marks.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...n-ex-moralist/
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23-08-2011, 12:02   #1496
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quite nicely put.

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23-08-2011, 20:16   #1497
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I thought this was interesting "Abortion may be legal, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get one" with a survey of what religion of ob-gyns are most likely to perform abortions.

Without looking who is most and least likely to provide abortions? No religion, Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Evangelicals, other Protestants and Muslim?
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23-08-2011, 22:29   #1498
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I thought this was interesting "Abortion may be legal, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get one" with a survey of what religion of ob-gyns are most likely to perform abortions.

Without looking who is most and least likely to provide abortions? No religion, Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Evangelicals, other Protestants and Muslim?
Hmm. I don't know much about the moral systems of the Jews and Hindus so they're placement is arbritrarily in the middle.
From Most likely to least likely.
Other Protestants
Catholic
Jewish/Hindu
No religion
Evangelicals
Muslims

Edit: Read the article. Hmmm...
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reminds me of what attenborough uses to counter the argument that lovely nature is obviously a divine creation:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19384...d-control.html
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Possible ancestor of all placental mammals from the time of the dinosaurs found.
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt...p?t=2056367784
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