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Scientist Figures Out How Those Big-Ass 'Sailing Stones' Move Themselves Across Death Valley | Core77

Scientist Figures Out How Those Big-Ass 'Sailing Stones' Move Themselves Across Death Valley | Core77 | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

"Racetrack Playa" sounds like the screenname of an online teenager you're competing against in Need for Speed, but scientists recognize it as the name of a dried-up lake in Death Valley. For a century, scientific minds have been puzzled by a well-documented, poorly-understood phenomenon occuring at Racetrack Playa: Enormous stones, some up to 700 pounds, appear to have somehow moved themselves across the lakebed floor in random patterns, leaving a furrowed trail behind them.

 

No one had ever seen these "sailing stones" move, but many photographed the end result. The original thought was that the lakebed forms a thin sheet of ice on it, and that the wind then blows the rocks across it; but that theory was discounted after researchers calculated it would take wind speeds of hundreds of miles per hour to move the rocks, while the wind at the Racetrack maxes out around 90 m.p.h. And if you're wondering why they don't just strap a GoPro camera onto a rock to see what's going on, scientists returning to the site over the years have calculated that the rocks move for short periods of time, just once every three years. That's a bit longer than your battery's likely to last.

 

However, a fortunate collision between two of these magic rocks provided planetary scientist Ralph Lorenz with an interesting discovery:

 

 

Lorenz, studying the trails left by the stones, observed that one rock had collided against another and been deflected. "There was a rock trail and it looked like it hit another rock and bounced, but the trail didn't go all the way up to other the rock, like it was repelled somehow," Lorenz told Smithsonian Magazine. In other words, there was some kind of force-field-like barrier around each rock that prevented total contact.

 

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How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions

How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and immobility are energies. And you can potentially ‘catch’ these energies from people without…
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Illinois university makes 'League of Legends' a varsity sport @insidehighered

Illinois university makes 'League of Legends' a varsity sport @insidehighered | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
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At E3, signs that virtual reality's time may finally be coming | Technology | Reuters

At E3, signs that virtual reality's time may finally be coming | Technology | Reuters | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In 2013, Oculus VR's booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's biggest annual convention, was relegated to a far corner of the showfloor near the restrooms.
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What's I.Q. All About? Two Things.

What's I.Q. All About? Two Things. | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Crack this problem, and you may be on your way.
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Gamers More Likely To Be Social, Educated Than Non-Gamers

Gamers More Likely To Be Social, Educated Than Non-Gamers | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
If you had to visualize someone who self-describes as a “gamer,” what would you see? A 13 year old boy who doesn’t have many friends? A college student who prefers playing games on his futon to going to class?

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Research team claims to have accurately 'teleported' quantum information ten feet

Research team claims to have accurately 'teleported' quantum information ten feet | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands is reporting in a paper they have had published in the journal Science, that they have successfully used entanglement as a means of communication, over a distance of ten feet...
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EXPLORING THE VIRTUAL LANDSCAPE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN HIGHER ED

EXPLORING THE VIRTUAL LANDSCAPE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN HIGHER ED | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
"This thesis will explore the incorporation of virtual technology in higher education courses and its influence on the users and our understanding of higher education. This thesis draws on emerging theories in education including project-based
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Forget Robots. We’ll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter | Business | WIRED

Forget Robots. We’ll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter | Business | WIRED | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
WIRED sat down with Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, to discuss this phenomenon of convergence, where digital bits from the computer world are fusing with atoms here in the physical world (see gallery above). The trend is advancing, he says, and it won't stop at gadgets. For Ito, the next great engineering platform will be living matter itself.
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When (second) life imitates art

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A new visit that I've recently paid to Da Boom in Second Life led me to think of a certain way in which we, SL residents, commonly experience some traditional forms of art: by recreating them in a ...

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Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24 | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Skywatchers in the United States and Canada could see a one-of-a-kind meteor shower late Friday night and early Saturday, astronomers say.
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Dassault's virtual heart gives cardiologists individualized 3D models

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The health care industry could learn from aerospace companies when it comes to using IT, said CEO Bernard Charlès
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Oculus Rift to bring virtual reality to Chuck E. Cheese - Fortune Tech

Oculus Rift to bring virtual reality to Chuck E. Cheese - Fortune Tech | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Six-week trial run at pizza chain is one of the public's first opportunities to use the high-tech device.
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ANTVR Cross Platform Kit Wants to be the Only Virtual Reality Kit You Need

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The Oculus Rift has seen great success even before it s officially released. But this long interval before full production has given others the chance to survey the field and catch up.
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Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level

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A lesson using "Minecraft" can touch on history, engineering and ancient architecture.
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Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions. | MIT Technology Review

Optogenetics and genomic tools make it possible to pinpoint the source of memory, consciousness, and emotions. | MIT Technology Review | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
With the invention of optogenetics and other technologies, researchers can investigate the source of emotions, memory, and consciousness for the first time.
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When the entire brain is thus mapped, will we be a step closer to being able to replicate all of these functions to another substrate; i.e. a computer?

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New search program aims to teach itself everything about any visual concept | KurzweilAI

New search program aims to teach itself everything about any visual concept | KurzweilAI | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Some of the many variations the new program has learned for three different concepts (credit: University of Washington) Computer scientists from the

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Virtual reality gets more real

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The BBC's North America Technology Correspondent Richard Taylor visited one Silicon Valley start-up to try out the latest in virtual reality and find out how 3D artificial worlds are created.

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Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers

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Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR has raised hopes for a decades-old technology. Some researchers believe virtual reality has the potential to transform everything from medicine to teaching.
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Virtual construction uses 3-D technology - KSAT San Antonio

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THE FAMILY CAME LONG BEFORE THE LATEST IN 3-D TECHNOLOGY IS BEING USED FOR THE HOSPITAL'S MAJOR EXPANSION. IT'S CONSIDERED A FIRST FROM BEXAR COUNTY.
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Photographer creates amazing images illuminated by FRUIT

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An artist in Bangor, Maine, was inspired to create the fruit-powered lights by the popular potato battery classroom experiment.
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Invisivision Eyewear Technology Debuts on Kickstarter | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Invisivision Eyewear Technology Debuts on Kickstarter | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Invisivision is a patent-pending eyewear technology, by PipeDream Interactive, that uses the current 3D infrastructure to allow users to control their experience and select between different image and video streams. Having received serious traction from large Hollywood producers and studios, Invisivision is raising money through Kickstarter to fund a short film starring Aaron Ashmore and J.P. Manoux that will demonstrate this amazing innovation in the best possible quality. | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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Why Fantasy Matters | Legendarium - Fantasy & Sci-fi Media & News - Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, The Hobbit, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Narnia

Why Fantasy Matters | Legendarium - Fantasy & Sci-fi Media & News - Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, The Hobbit, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Narnia | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
“Artists use lies to tell the truth.” These words were spoken by Evey Hammond to the masked terrorist/freedom fighter V in V for Vendetta, echoing Pablo...

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The Future of Minecraft?

David takes a look at what Minecraft could look like if it was under a large publisher. Would we see Minecraft DLC? Minecraft micro transactions? Let us know what you think about this weeks...
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Get under her skin via this app! - Hindustan Times

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Back To The Future In The Metaverse

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