The 'show why science is awesome' thread:




So what do you do when a satellite launches into the incorrect orbit due to a flaw in booster design?

Why you prove general relativity of course

Just a cool video all around. I like how Scott is doing more of these.


I really want this to be true and as ubiquitous as they claim.


These are the days of miracles and wonders…


As long as there’s no lasers in the jungle. I can’t abide the thought of lasers in the jungle somewhere.


Don’t cry baby, don’t cry.


Interesting. I wonder if it’s an angular momentum thing, where the upper band is just rotating too slowly, thus the first visible artifacts of the tornado show up near the ground and are spinning much quicker.


Well, there is certainly less friction at higher altitudes.

But stir your spoon in some coffee, and the spinning is stronger and tighter at the bottom where the head of the spoon is than at the top.


Is this awesome or terrifying?


Is this something in between Ant-Man tech and the opposite of Shrinky Dinks?

How interesting! I’m imagining incredible possibilities – but I’m also remembering back in school when I thought I was a genius when I thought of putting files in a .zip file, then .zipping that .zip file again, and so on, compressing data until you could fit the contents of a hard drive into a single 3.5" floppy. Turns out it didn’t work that way.

Like, there’s nothing this technique can do to get around the conservation of mass, right?


This isn’t that different than photolithography, which they use to make tiny silicon chips from larger templates, except its used to make 3d structures.


Good for rice yields, particularly hardy varieties that can grow despite pests and non-optimal temperatures.


This will be key in the near future.


Seems like new developments are coming pretty quickly now. Neat stuff.


Wondering if we need an AI thread, but this AI playing the professor is fascinating :


Just another example of how you want to be VERY careful when setting up your loss functions. As AI becomes more sophisticated the networks will be able cheat in mind-boggling ways.


This is extremely exciting.


Were the crop failures at the beginning of Interstellar caused by GMOs gone haywire? I’m not sure this was addressed directly.


Why do articles keep getting stuff so incredibly wrong? I’ve seen this statement written multiple times about Germany closing its last coal mine, but nothing could be further from the truth. Come on Ars…

even shutting down its last coal mine in November



It’s very sloppy, but you can see how it happened - deep mines vs open-cast. From the Bloomberg article that the Ars piece links and presumably sourced the info from:

Later on, however…