joe derisi: hunting the next killer virus

This video was too amazing not to share.

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confessions of a TED addict – i can relate to this

ted1.jpgI can completely relate to this article. When I first discovered TED, I spent hours upon hours watching the talks. I was completely baffled as to why I had never seen these before. I wanted to be at the conference… then I realized that it was both invite only and you actually had to do something ground breaking. That’s when it hit me… I can tag along with Nick when he’s invited due to his extensive studies at UCLA in the field of bioinformatics. Perfect.

Oh why oh why have I been bingeing on TED talks again? I promised myself I would quit watching the ecstatic series of head-rush disquisitions, available online, from violinists, political prisoners, brain scientists, novelists and Bill Clinton. But I can’t. Each hortatory TED talk starts with a bang and keeps banging till it explodes in fireworks. How can I shut it off? The speakers seem fevered, possessed, Pentecostal. No wonder I am, too, now.

A TED talk begins as an auditorium speech given at the multidisciplinary, invitation-only annual TED conference. (This year’s 25th-anniversary conference takes place next week in Long Beach, Calif.) TED then creates videos of the speeches and puts them online so they can find a broader audience — and usurp my life. There are around 370 speeches and counting on TED.com. A new one is added every weekday.

via The Medium – Confessions of a TED Addict – NYTimes.com.

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gmail is now accessible offline with google labs and google gears

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long-distance teleportation between two atoms: first between atoms 1 meter apart


Hopefully this demonstration will lead the way to quantum computing and pretty much instantaneous communication through an unlimited distance. Very profound implications here. The number of calculations a quantum can do in one clock tick is staggering. This seems like it might lead the way into the next “internet”. The medium being one that we can’t even grasp yet.. perhaps dark matter? This might mean instantaneous communication between every human at the same time via thought.

In a side note, physicists have also invented an entanglement filter. The filter allows two protons through only if their states are the same. This observation supposedly does not change the state of the entangled photons.
via Quantum technologies move a step closer with the demonstration of an ‘entanglement’ filter.

For the first time, scientists have successfully teleported information between two separate atoms in unconnected enclosures a meter apart – a significant milestone in the global quest for practical quantum information processing.

“Our system has the potential to form the basis for a large-scale ‘quantum repeater’ that can network quantum memories over vast distances,” says group leader Christopher Monroe of JQI and UMD. “Moreover, our methods can be used in conjunction with quantum bit operations to create a key component needed for quantum computation.” A quantum computer could perform certain tasks, such as encryption-related calculations and searches of giant databases, considerably faster than conventional machines. The effort to devise a working model is a matter of intense interest worldwide.

via Long-Distance Teleportation Between Two Atoms: First between atoms 1 meter apart.

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nsa spied on everyone

nsa.jpgGreat, so the NSA really decided to illegally spy on ALL Americans. You can thank Darth VP Cheney for that. I can’t believe that no legal action was taken against the companies that allowed it or the government agency that did it illegally. You have to really respect Qualcomm for being the only ISP that refused to go through with it.

Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.
“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications,” Tice claimed. “It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications.”

via The Raw Story | Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists.

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mac vs pc

Cool effects. The HD quicktime video instead of the one below can be found dekku.blogspot.com/2009/01/mac-vs-pc.html

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