Receiver Far Exceeds ‘Standard Quantum Limit’
Communicating with light may soon get a lot easier, hints recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Univ. of Maryland’s Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), where scientists have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals.
The findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the “standard quantum limit” for a wide range of light levels, could increase the efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to send a signal and the number of errors the receiver makes.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/01/receiver-far-exceeds-standard-quantum-limit
Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Mexico (where same-sex marriages are allowed in the capital city, but are recognized nationwide).
In Spain the Constitution Court decided on November 6, 2012, that the same-sex marriage bill, implemented in 2005, is constitutional. In Brazil, the Superior Justice Court set an important precedent in October 2011 by interpreting the Brazilian civil code as allowing same-sex marriages.
Marriage equality laws are expected to be adopted soon in France, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
Same-sex marriage is legal in nine US states.
Felix Bumgartner is about to freefall faster than any human ever has
He’s already about a half hour into the ascent; he’s scheduled to jump around 1:45 pm EST. You should definitely check out the live stream here.
In case you haven’t been following the mission, Red Bull Stratos is an attempt to jump from a specially designed balloon from 120,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. In the course of returning to Earth, Felix will accelerate to speeds greater than Mach 1 - the speed of sound! If you’re interested, be sure to read more about the project.
People often forgot why they went to cable TV in the first place. Initially the cable system was called a “community antenna” designed to give people great reception. The newer all-digital reception is so superior to the old analog system that the public will realize that it can abandon the cable and go back to its roots.
My networking professor was discussing this the other week. He switched to an antenna and gets full HD channels OTA… When you can stream or download anything you want and get local stations/news for free OTA, why pay hundreds for digital cable?
AGENT / ORANGE A photographer jumps over a smoke canister during a protest by firefighters, security and military personnel in Seville, Spain against cuts in their salaries imposed by Spanish government. (Photo: Marcelo del Pozo / Reuters via The Guardian)
12 people trapped
- Dickhead asshole Islamophobe takes out (Constitutionally-protected! We guess) anti-Muslim ads, which call Muslims “savages,” on San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s vehicles;
- San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency puts up its own ads, with arrows pointing to dickhead asshole Islamophobe’s ads and reading “SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion and other characteristics, and condemns statements that describe any group as ‘savages.’”
- Bravo, SFMTA, and Pamela Geller can fuck right off.
(via Mother Jones)
The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor