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How We Reverse Engineered the Cuban “Sonic Weapon” Attack

Throughout last year, mysterious ailments struck dozens of U.S. and Canadian diplomats and their families living in Cuba. Symptoms included dizziness, sleeplessness, headache, and hearing loss; many of the afflicted were in their homes or in hotel rooms when they heard intense, high-⁠pitched sounds shortly before falling ill. In February, neurologists who examined the diplomats concluded that the symptoms were consistent with concussion, but without any blunt trauma to the head. Suggested culprits included toxins, viruses,

‘Memtransistor’ Brings World Closer To Brain-Like Computing

 Lead researcher Mark C. Hersam clarified the brain-like efficacy of the memtransistor: “…in the brain, we don’t usually have one neuron connected to only one other neuron. Instead, one neuron is connected to multiple other neurons to form a network. Our device structure allows multiple contacts, which is similar to the multiple synapses in neurons… [but] making dozens of devices, as we have done in our paper, is different than

Battery 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster (2013)

This is a whole new way to think about batteries. A battery can deliver far more power than anybody ever thought. In recent decades, electronics have gotten small. The thinking parts of computers have gotten small. And the battery has lagged far behind. This is a microtechnology that could change all of that. Now the power source is as high-performance as the rest of it. – William P. King, the Bliss

49ers make Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL with 5-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers are all in on Jimmy Garoppolo, making the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL on Thursday with a five-year, $137.5 million deal, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Garoppolo, 26, was in the final year of his rookie contract when he was traded by the New England Patriots in October to the 49ers for a second-round draft pick. After spending time on the sideline, Garoppolo took over as a starter for the last

Elon Musk Delivers: SpaceX has successfully launched a Tesla Roadster into orbit

This morning at work, I was able to catch the live stream of Falcon Heavy’s launch, the payload being a Tesla Roadster: Now we get to see what it’d be like to orbit Earth in that vehicle, courtesy of Starman: The boost core was lost, but the side cores landed as expected. The lost core landed about 100 meters from its intended destination. Elon Musk first revealed the functional space

Quantum Poetics: Why physics can’t get rid of metaphor

Popular science writing is an act of translation. This is true especially in writing about physics, whose mathematical language is far from everyday speech. But the industry of physics writing might promise more than it can deliver, particularly when it tries to offer descriptions of fundamental physical reality that, so we are sometimes told, dispel the illusions we get from ordinary experience. As with translating literary works from their original