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By Akira The Don on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Damn son. This is all sorts of interesting, especially given the theory posited by the likes of ColinWilson that is was such technology that enabled whoever built the pyramids in their seemingly impossible feat (also that the pyramids themselves are said by many to be superconductors, built in such a fashion as to channel both sound and other energies). Museums are stuffed with ancient carvings of giant tuning forks and ram’s horns aimed at levitating rocks and temples. Also worth remembering the myriad similar legends, like those about the temple of Uxmal in Mexico that “was built by a race of dwarves, which apparently only had to whistle and ‘heavy rocks would move into place’”.

Also that time The KLF knocked a cow across a field by blasting it with sub bass. Amen.

From Wired:

With every new year comes change, and change can be scary. Thankfully, we know that there’s at least one way 2014 will be like every year that came before it. Watching scientists make stuff levitate is still cool as hell, same as it ever was.

The latest work comes from a group of researchers at the University of Tokyo. What we see in their latest proof of concept clip is fairly dumbfounding: Arrangements of tiny little beads lift into the air and glide around in perfect formation. An iron screw spins gently in space. Pieces of plastic, broken match heads, and even droplets of water all defy gravity, all thanks to the precise application of ultrasonic sound waves.

The idea itself is not entirely novel. As we’re told in the clip, scientists have been experimenting with acoustic levitation for decades, using sound waves to suspend materials in mid-air. What’s new here, though, is the ability to move those materials in three dimensions.

That’s made possible by the unique arrangement of the speakers themselves. Where former setups bounced sound waves off a solid plate, the Tokyo researchers instead use four panels of speakers, all facing each other. These walls combine to create an “ultrasonic focal point,” which can be moved—along with the object trapped in it—by adjusting the output from each speaker array. The sound waves are out of the range of human hearing, so the setup effectively operates in silence.

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Read the full article at: wired.com

— By Akira The Don on Friday, January 3rd, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Alien intervention theory proponent Lloyd Pie is dead, which is sad, because he’ll never get to see the final DNA test results of that starchild skull he dedicated so much of his life to.

Personally, I was intrigued, but, like Pie himself, waiting on that 100% proof… however his research and passion was fascinating, and I was always eager to hear what he had to say whenever he showed up on Red Ice.

Speaking of which, his partner appeared on Red Ice recently to discuss the continuation of his work. Not much new information if you’ve been keeping up with this, they still need loads of money to complete the DNA testing. An IndieGoGo is running here.

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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From independent.co.uk

The sun has “flipped upside down”, with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, Nasa has said.

Now, the magnetic fields will once again started moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.

“A reversal of the sun’s magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” said Nasa’s Dr. Tony Phillips.

“The domain of the sun’s magnetic influence (also known as the ’heliosphere’) extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field’s polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space.”

To mark the event, Nasa has released a visualisation of the entire process.

— Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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LOLFAX>

No idea who did this, but big up them anyway, beautiful work. Shaving is part of the conspiracy to keep the Western Male in a permanent state of easily manipulatable boyhood.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Friday, September 20th, 2013

Word up, I’m always doing/not doing this. Especially on trains.

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, September 20th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Saturday, September 14th, 2013

#RIDDIM and #BASE

From Io9:

If you place 32 metronomes on a static object and set them rocking out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. Place them on a moveable surface, however, and something very interesting (and very mesmerizing) happens.

The metronomes in this video fall into the latter camp. Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome around it, while the motion of every other metronome affects the motion of our original metronome right back. All this inter-metranome “communication” is facilitated by the board, which serves as an energetic intermediary between all the metronomes that rest upon its surface. The metronomes in this video (which are really just pendulums, or, if you want to get really technical, oscillators) are said to be “coupled.”

The math and physics surrounding coupled oscillators are actually relevant to a variety of scientific phenomena, including the transfer of sound and thermal conductivity. For a much more detailed explanation of how this works, and how to try it for yourself, check out this excellent video by condensed matter physicist Adam Milcovich.

[ikeguchiLab]

 

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— By Akira The Don on Saturday, September 14th, 2013