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Archive for September, 2008

Another Way the LHC Could Self-Destruct

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
KentuckyFC writes “Just when you thought it was safe to switch on the LHC (though it won’t be for a while yet), another nightmare scenario has emerged that some critics worry could cause the particle accelerator to explode. The culprit this time is not an Earth-swallowing black hole but a ‘Bose supernova’ in the accelerator’s superfluid helium bath. Physicists have been playing with Bose Einstein Condensate (BECs) for over 10 years now. But in 2001, one group discovered that placing them in a powerful magnetic field could cause the attractive forces between atoms to become repulsive. That caused their BEC to explode in a Bose supernova — which they called a ‘Bosenova,’ a name that fortunately did not catch on. This was little more than a curiosity when only a microscopic blob of cold matter was involved. But superfluid liquid helium is also BEC. And physicists have suddenly remembered that the LHC is swimming in 700,000 liters of the stuff while being zapped by some of the most powerful magnetic fields on the planet. So is the LHC a Bose supernova waiting to go off? Not according to the CERN theory division, which has published its calculations that show the LHC is safe (abstract). They also point out that no other superfluid helium handling facility has mysteriously blown itself to pieces.”

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Google’s new Chrome browser: Analysis in a vacuum

Monday, September 29th, 2008

But it’s also just 8:36 PST. So let’s assume that we’re just waiting for the Google folks to get off the Google bus from San Francisco down to Mountain View, eat their free breakfasts, slide into their ergonomic chairs and actually pull the trigger on the download, which is supposed to happen here. (For the time being, that link redirects you to the Google search page.)

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Weird stuff in the App Store (UPDATED: Good stuff too)

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Scott,
I’ll admit it. I was annoyed by a certain app that will remain nameless and was going to sound off in a review. When I tried to I received this notice telling me that I couldn’t. So apparently we have to download the app now before we can speak out. While part of me is annoyed by this policy, it makes sense. Since I have no plans to download the app I was going to write about, I’ll let it go but figured I’d let you know in case you want to tell your readers.

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‘Disgaea DS’ heading to Europe

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Disgaea DS, a portable reworking of Nippon Ichi Software’s (NIS) PS2 RPG Disgaea: Hour Of Darkness, will be released in Europe in spring 2009.

According to publisher Square Enix, the game is set two years after the death of King Krichevskoy, the ruler of the Netherworld. It sees his son Prince Laharl, who was unaware of his father’s demise, fight to become the next king with the help of his vassal Etna and her underlings.

“The main feature of Disgaea DS is the multiplayer mode. Fans that are tired of the original can still get a kick out of this game by destroying their buddy’s Laharl and Etna,” an NIS spokesman told Crispygamer.

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