Ahmed Hassan

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Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

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Why Scotland Might Break Away From the United Kingdom

The future of Britain is balanced on a knife edge as Scotland weighs independence vote.<p>In 1746 forces loyal to Bonny Prince Charlie, the last Stuart claimant to the throne of Scotland, were crushed at the Battle of Culloden, near Inverness. Almost 40 years earlier, in 1707, the Act of Union bound …

Will the 'God particle' destroy the universe? (Opinion) - CNN.com

A proton-proton collision produced in the Large Hadron Collider shows characteristics in line with the decay of a Higgs boson particle.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Searching for the 'God particle'<p>Searching for the 'God particle'<p>Searching for the 'God particle'<p>Searching for the 'God particle'<p>Searching for the 'God …

A Miraculous “Accident of Physics”: Carl Zimmer Explains How Feathers Evolved, Animated

Charles Darwin devoted nearly three chapters of his famed treatise <i>Descent of Man</i> to feathers — one of the most miraculous products of evolution. In his book <b>Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle</b> (<i>public library</i>), conservation biologist <b>Thor Hanson</b> marvels that “nothing competes with feathers …