90% future prediction accuracy for Game theory model

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has led a shift in political science toward quantitative models. Analyses of his model of political decision-making show that it has a 90 percent accuracy rate. Like a 0.1 version of the fictional character Hari Seldon of the Asimov Foundation series. The elements of the model are players standing in for …

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Infrared light used as better optical tweezers on silicon

What’s new in the optical tweezer from MIT’s Matt Lang and David Appleyard is that they used infrared light to move particles on silicon, the basis of microchips. (Unlike visible light, the infrared does not bounce off the silicon.) That means that MIT’s optical tweezer can be used not just for study but to build …

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Programmable-metallization-cell (PMC) memory, or nano-ionic memory could start replacing flash memory in 18 months

A new type of memory technology could lead to thumb drives or digital-camera memory cards that store a terabyte of information–more than most hard drives hold today. The first examples of the new technology, which could also slash energy consumption by more than 99 percent, could be on the market within 18 months UPDATE:I have …

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Engineers develop world’s most complex silicon phased-array chip

Phased array chip will drastically lower the cost of phased array radar and wireless super-high speed communication. Some phased arrays are larger than highway billboards and the most powerful – used as sophisticated radar, surveillance and communications systems for military aircraft and ships – can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The high cost has …

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More on the DARPA urban grand challenge robotic car competition

TG Daily has Darpa urban grand challenge coverage (pictures, video and articles). There is official coverage at the DARPA site Links to all of the teams is here UPDATE:There have been some crashes in the semi-final competitions Wired magazine is also covering the Darpa urban challenge UPDATE Monday October 29:slow start the competition in this …

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More on safer and more effective muscle enhancement

Two new classes of experimental drugs shown to have powerful muscle-building capabilities–selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) and myostatin inhibitors–have been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances for 2008. I had discussed the myostatin inhibitor drug I believe that there is nothing wrong with safe muscle enhancement. Unlike steroids it will …

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