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Plasmons Used in Optical Communications

When ripples in the fluid-like free electrons in conducting metals form oscillations, they can act like virtual particles and are called “plasmons”, a category of quasiparticles. Controlling plasmons which interact with light allows fast and efficient modulation of light based communications. What is a plasmon? – [nanoscale.blogspot.com] A plasmon is a collective excitation of the […]

1126 – Ibn Rushd (Averroes)

Abu al-Walid Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd (known as Averroes in western culture) was born in 1126 in Cordoba, Spain. He was known for integrating the philosophy of Aristotle with the Islamic philosophy of his culture and time. He accepted that religion and philosophy often seemed to contradict each other and taught that there were […]

Riding in a Self-driving Car

When we drive our cars, we take it for granted we will face forward with hands and feet on the controls and focus our attention on road events in front of us. But when a car can drive itself, those requirements mostly change or even disappear. We face forward to see exterior events through the […]


Elementary particles are not so much discrete “balls” of matter like marbles or planets as they are “clouds” of localized characteristics. Particles are often “fuzzy” around the edges, in terms of describing their physical limits and their location in space. But we know that these clouds or lumps that we call particles can interact with […]

New Release of Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a penetration testing framework that contains over 600 penetration testing tools. It is a Debian based toolkit built on the foundation created by BackTrack. Some of the better known tools include: Wireshark – packet sniffer and protocol analysis nmap – port scanner john the ripper – password hash cracker metasploit framework – […]

1533 – Zabarella – bio

Giacomo (Jacopo) Zabarella was born in Padua, Italy in 1533. He attended the University of Padua, obtained a PhD in philosophy there, taught philosophy there, and eventually died in Padua. He was primarily known for his contributions to philosophy and logic, setting the standard for other philosophers during the Renaissance in Europe. PRECURSOR: -0384 – […]

Software Based Synthetic Knowledge

Software based calculators, spreadsheets, databases, word processors and presentation managers have been augmenting our own ability to process information for years. Over time, they have added math functions, spell checking and animation features to make them more effective. Newer software is developing the ability to process and analyze voice and video streams at ever increasing […]

Simple Rules Create Cellular Automata

Complex Adaptive Systems: 9 Cellular Automaton – [youtube.com] In this video we are going to discuss cellular automata, we will firstly talk about what they are before looking at a classical example, we will then discuss individually the different classes of patterns that cellular automata can generate before wrapping-up with a talk about their significance […]

NIST Adds New SP-1800 series

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has announced a new Special Publications (SP) series of documents called SP-1800, intended to augment the SP-800 series. SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS – [nist.gov] SP 1800, NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guides (2015-present): A new subseries created to complement the SP 800s; targets specific cybersecurity challenges in the public and private sectors; […]

Complex Order From Simple Interactions

“Emergence” is when simple components interact in simple ways but more complex properties, processes, and behavior emerge that were not part of the original pieces or their properties and behavior. Complexity emerges spontaneously in natural systems around us all the time. Ant colonies, birds flocking, chemical interactions, crystallization, traffic flow, and the automata from the […]