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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A bold and stormy flip.

Last year it was Blackberry Curve. This year Rim took the world by storm in a bold way. First it was the fast Blackberry Bold then two new families of devices were launched: the flipping Blackberry Pearl Flip and the stormy Blackberry Storm.

Rim proved as before that it has no problem with flipping Blackberry concept in different innovative form factors. I'm just wondering what this storm of innovation will bring in 2009?


Superhydrophobic water bouncing dance.

A magic practical nano dance with lots of applications. Watch and learn about it HERE.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

How does it know?

Ben Schumacher ended yesterday's PI lecture with his inspiring Physics credo about the Universe, in my opinion.

To make his point he used his favorite "Thermos bottle" joke that paraphrased is like this: 3 guys were asked what is the most amazing invention in the world? The first guy said that it is television, the second guy said that it must be the jet engine while the 3rd guy answered that it is the thermos bottle. When the other guys asked that they don't get it he answered that if you put cold stuff in the thermos it stays cold while if you put hot stuff it stays hot. So what is so amazing about this asked the other two guys? The 3rd guy answered: how does it know?

This question in Schumacher opinion (paraphrased) is a fundamental physics question telling us that every part of the Universe sends information. The Universe is a gigantic information network governed by the laws of physics. These laws define what is possible and what not.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A possible reality.

Yes, it is true that PI gravity is attracting Stephen Hawking. He decided to make PI its second home.

Few years ago I was speculating on what could happen if he decides by any chance to speak in Waterloo. My first thought was that WCI will not be able to host such an event due to the high public demand.

After PI Director Neil Turok's confession that "leading scientists from around the world establish a second 'research home' at Perimeter Institute" I'm thinking again that PI needs a bigger public lectures auditorium.