Archive for September 24th, 2008

LHC, closed until spring

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Collider halted until next year

The damage caused by the helium leak last weekend has turned up a lot of problems. It wasn’t just a little liquid helium leak but a huge helium leak. About a ton of liquid helium leaked into the tunnel last week which caused the shutdown of the facility.

But with the incident coming so close to winter, the LHC will not power up until spring. CERN will shut the facility down for the winter in order to save on energy bills since it’s on high demand during the winter.

I don’t know why but I like monitoring any news about the LHC. Probably because if they succeed, they are almost for sure getting the Nobel prize among others. As well as one of the most important researches in physics in this generation.

That is if they don’t kill us all in the process. I kid! I hope.

When will start injecting nanos?

“Thought helmets” could enable voiceless troop communication – Engadget

Creepy isn’t it that technology seen in videogames is slowly becoming a reality. New field gear being developed for the US army will allow soldiers to communicate one another with just their thoughts.

I wonder where is the “real Naomi Hunter” developing these for nanomachines.

Would you buy music on flash media

Wired News – AP News

This report from Wired and the AP says that major record labels are considering selling music on flash media. Will this work? Since vinyl went the way of the dinosaurs and now cd is under the same threat. DVD music didn’t actually pan out so why should flash media be any different.

It should work. Sort of, for the technically challenged and music players should provide players for this at a much cheaper price tag. My only fear is reliability. I’m still apprehensive of relying on flash memory for anything I want to keep. Not to mention I wouldn’t want to accidentally delete the music that I paid for without any means to get it back.

I think this could work as an extension of the digital medium. Saying if you want a hard copy mailed to you or a hard copy purchased in the store this should work. But I wouldn’t expect any big profits coming from this anytime soon.