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Beam me up Scotty

German scientists invent working teleporter, of sorts

An object at one end of the system is milled down layer-by-layer, creating a scan per layer which is then transmitted through an encrypted communication to a 3D printer. The printer then replicates the original object layer by layer, effectively teleporting an object from one place to another.

Monday Night Irish Class, July 28, 2014

Irish Class, July 28, 2014

Rang Gaeilge, 28ú lá Mí na Iúil 2014

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Le Meas …

Part of our homework was to write “… a script for a short clip … to be used at a dating site! But it isn’t about you, pick a famous person, dead or alive.”
Here is my effort:

Dia dhuit! Inseoidh mé cupla rud fúm féin:

Is mise an captaen loinge réaltaí Enterprise.</i

  • Is maith liom taiscéaladh domhan aisteach nua.
  • Is maith liom cuardach saol nua.
  • Is maith liom dul go dána go háiteanna atá ní fhaca aon duine sula.
  • Is maith liom mná ó gach cine, daonna agus thar.
  • Ní maith liom an Phríomhtreoir.

Léigh tuilleadh

Cosmos and Giordano Bruno

Cosmos

I saw the first episode of the new Cosmos last week. The first and third parts were fine. The middle part, the
cartoon about Giordano Bruno was the story I had heard long ago about how
Bruno was a martyr for his scientific beliefs. This story is very widespread, and widely invoked by those who are hostile to religion.
Back in 1971 I was in Turkey, on the walls of the formidable late medieval fortress of Rumeli Hisarı, when
I saw a Soviet freighter passing through the Bosphorus named, in Cyrillic letters, Giordano Bruno.

Unfortunately, this cartoon was just cartoon history

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Star Trek

I have learned three of life’s lessons from this series: (1) in the end, you will be judged on the integrity of your mission, whether or not your mission was successful; (2) you can always outsmart a computer; and (3) never be the first person to investigate a glowing blob of plasma on an alien planet.

Happy anniversary, Star Trek. Live long and prosper.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

More of my favorite television show

‘The Woodwright’s Shop Renewed for Two More Seasons

So woodworkers can look forward to two more years of the never-aging Roy as he continues to champion the power of muscle over that of the electrical machine. He’s got a point: Roy has the same axe that he used in the first season, 33 years ago. How many computers have you had in the last 33 years? And how well do you think they would endure a whack from Roy’s axe? I thought so.

Red-Shirt Risk

How Likely Is It That You’ll Die?

Reporting on Matt Bailey’s Analytics According to Captain Kirk, which begins with a quantitative summary of what all Star Trek fans know: “red-shirted crewmembers died more than any other crewmembers on the original Star Trek series.” — 73% of crew deaths.

However, Bailey does not stop there. The rate of red-shirt death varies considerably, and in some shows is much less than in others. Those shows share another well-known feature of the original series, which suggests a risk mitigation strategy:

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