Hacking The Universe is about figuring out how things work. Any things. All things. But specifically, for now, information security things and things about science.

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Transparent Cars

If we don’t need windows in spaceships, we don’t need them in cars either. Retro-reflective screens reflect images straight back at the source of light, instead of at an opposite angle as happens with a mirror. This allows the driver of a car to see what is outside the car, just as though the car [...]

Artificial Ethics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to surpass human intelligence. This is obviously true with regard to measuring intelligence by speed and accuracy and scope of knowledge. Calculating machines that are faster, more accurate, and supply access to vast stores of information, are part of our daily lives. This alone doesn’t make them intelligent. In [...]

Sunspots as vortex rings

A recent article explored half vortex rings in water, that showed a fairly stable pair of vortices on the surface of the water – see: Vortex – Physics – Dimensions Sunspots are often described as pairs of vortices. Perhaps they are vortex rings in the plasma of the sun that we can observe when they [...]

Vortex – Physics – Dimensions

First, watch this fascinating video about a half vortex demonstrated in a pool of water. Then, ponder the parallels in the world of energy and particle physics. Imagine the ends of the vortex as elementary particles connected by a hidden vortex tunnel in another dimension. wave particle duality electron spin EPR paradox Crazy pool vortex [...]

Wanderers – a short film

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist Maybe it’s a little early. Maybe the time is not quite yet. But those other worlds, promising untold opportunities, beckon. Silently, they orbit the Sun, waiting. – Carl Sagan from: http://www.erikwernquist.com/wanderers/ Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and [...]

2003 – Human Genome project completed

The Human Genome Project – [genome.gov] The Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history – an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos; an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes – together known as the [...]

Lightbulbs Are Becoming Obsolete

Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) can be used to create light emitting surfaces instead of lights that emit from a single point like bulbs. This makes the light more diffuse and more power efficient. Current OLED surfaces are made in panels or sheets, but eventually could be included in many surfaces in household items, like [...]

Robotic Bartender on Cruise Ship

Makr Shakr WANT TO MIX A DRINK WITH YOUR PHONE? On Wednesday May 15, Makr Shakr – a new robotic bartending system designed by researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab – will be unveiled at Google I/O in San Francisco. The new mixology system allows users to create in real-time personalized cocktail recipes through [...]

-3500 – glass

Naturally occurring volcanic glass (obsidian) was use before we learned to make glass around -3,500 in Egypt and Mesopotamia. The earliest form of glass made by humans was probably glazes that were used on ceramic pots. By mixing crushed quartz with calcite (calcium carbonate) from limestone, a solution is produced which can be fired into [...]

Thermopower Waves from Nanotubes

Heat produced by burning fuel in a carbon nanotube “wick” can force a wave of electrons down the tube, producing electric current. An engineering lab at MIT has made new progress on this technique. Thermopower Waves (from “Daily Planet”) [youtube.com] A clip from an episode of “Daily Planet” on Discovery Channel Canada featuring the research [...]