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Physicists Discover New Massless Particle; Could Revolutionize Electronics & Quantum Computing

Originally posted on Michael Bradley - Time Traveler:

Hasan massless particle

Physics may have just taken a new leap forward, as three independent groups of physicists have found strong evidence for massless particles called “Weyl fermions,” which exist as quasiparticles – collective excitations of electrons. Ultimately, this discovery is over 80 years in the making, dating back to Paul Dirac.

In 1928, Dirac came up with an equation that described the spin of fermions (fermions are the building blocks that make up all matter). Within his equation, he discovered that, in relation to particles that have charge and mass, there should be a another particle and antiparticle—what we know as the electron and (its antiparticle) the positron.

Yet, there are more than one ways to skin a cat.

Other solutions to this equation hinted at more exotic kinds of particles. Enter Hermann Weyl, a German mathematician who, in 1929, come up with a solution that involved massless particles. These became…

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assorted, 2015.10.10

updated 2015.10.10 13:36 GMT-5


TPP intellectual property chapter, Oct 5th draft:

Syria war:

another site for youtube videos and peanut gallery (in Russian):   …  click on “blizhniy vostok” (second item from left in the topics bar near top of page)

updated 2015.10.10 14:38 GMT-5


Bloomberg article speculating on how it is looking from Putin’s point of view:


disclaimer – Filter set to low – I do not endorse, and there’s a good chance I strongly disapprove much of the content on sites I am linking to in this series of posts.

Juan Cole on Syria and Russia

Syria, 2015.10.08

news dump

updated 2015.10.08 09:55 GMT-5:

heavy fighting near Hama, ongoing.

updated 2015.10.08 10:44 GMT-5:

updated 2015.10.08 22:10 GMT-5:

Seems to be an extensive battle. Videos showing anti-Syrian-government forces firing TOW’s and saying allahu akbar all the time, pro-SG. forces doing artillery and helicopter strikes (with the helicopters firing flares the whole time). Somewhat surprised seeing tanks without ERA. Also all those Mi24’s flying around are going to be in trouble as well once anti-Syrian-government forces get their air defense together…   I am concluding that without speaking Arabic, I don’t have the capacity to usefully sort through the videos.

Searching for map type websites:


Disclaimer! “Filter” is set to low. linking to all sorts of sketchy sources.I most definitely do not personally approve much of what you’d find in some of these.

Syria redux, 2015.10.07

news of the day

Russia launches cruise missiles

off the beaten path

2013 article on Syrian rebel MANPAD’s

The Boresight — blog on use of air power



updated 2015.10.08 00:06 (GMT-5)

Syria, meta-post

Ok, so with the recent entry of Russian forces in Syria, the stakes get bumped up a bit. Maybe. Maybe not.

In any case, in 2014 I made a project out of aggregating news sources on the war in eastern Ukraine, making a point to include separatist news sources to counterbalance to official storylines. I’m much less into doing that kind of thing now, but I have a feeling there’s interest.

However, I don’t speak a lick of Arabic. And this appears to be a less propaganda-centric event for Russian and English speakers. And I’m not particularly motivated — so I’ll just summarize what I found useful last time.


What I learned from brief experience aggregating Ukraine war news:

* make a list of sources you find valuable, sort by affiliation

* learn the vocabulary that people use to quietly but clearly identify their affiliation. Opposite sides typically use different words to describe each other. Sometimes euphemistically derogatory, sometimes not.

* search in local languages, if possible

* if it’s too hard, google Translate is improving, fast.

* on youtube, search for names of places, or type of military equipment being used, and sort by upload date. !! translate search terms into local languages !!

* find an obscure but relevant event that you already know about, search for it, to identify more sources you can use in the future

* skim, don’t read in detail. this is a dumpster-sorting job.

* propaganda. it’s all propaganda. don’t forget. what you really want isn’t going to appear on a website, but pieces make it into videos.

The rockets that took humans to space

Originally posted on Brobrubel's Blog:

Here they all are.

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