The cloaking device – the Romulan technology that vexed Capt. Kirk and the Enterprise crew – may not be centuries away after all.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created an “invisibility cloak” that clicks on and off like a light switch. It works best underwater.
The scientists figured that if they could mimic the mirage effect, they could make objects behind the phenomenon “disappear.” Mirages fool your brain into thinking the undulating pool of blue ahead of you in the desert is water instead of what it really is – a reflection of blue sky caused by light rays refracted by heat.
The key was finding the right material to conduct heat quickly to surrounding areas in order to distort light. They settled on one-molecule-thick sheets of carbon nanotubes, which are strong as steel and excellent conductors.
“By transferring that heat to its surrounding areas, a steep temperature gradient is generated, which causes the light rays to bend away from the object concealed behind the device,” explains Mark Brown for Wired.co.uk.
It may seem like all of America is sad to hear the news of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ death at age 56, but Westboro Baptist Church can find a reason to hate anyone, and Jobs is no exception.
Margie Phelps, daughter of rogue church’s pastor Fred Phelps, tweeted their plans to picket Job’s funeral FROM HER IPHONE.
She wrote that Jobs went in hell. He served himself and not God, and he taught people to sin, Phelps said.
Phelps defended her use of Jobs’ technology, saying “Rebels mad cuz I used iPhone to tell you Steve Jobs is in hell. God created iPhone for that purpose! ”
The Phelps family makes up the majority of the small, Topeka, Kan. church, which is not affiliated with any Baptist body. Westboro, known for protesting funerals of soldiers and celebrities, is condemned by Christians across the U.S. for their blatant, unapologetic hatred and judgment.
The Washington Post’s On Faith reported on Westboro’s plans to protest Jobs funeral, including tweets from the rest of the Phelps family arguing they use Apple products for the glory of God:
The iPhone-wielding Westboro members seemed unable to find any irony in their embrace of the technology of a man they condemn. One church member even suggested that God was using Jobs to help advance the message of Westboro Baptist Church: “God used Steve Jobs to create amazing STUFF for WBC to preach,” wrote Shirley Phelps-Roper.
Post originally appeared here.
An eastern grey squirrel seems to be enjoying the attention after disrupting two straight NLDS games. Or maybe it’s two squirrels — I can’t tell, they all look alike.
Either way, he’s taking to the interwebs, tweeting under the handle @BuschSquirrel:
Amanda Knox’s new life starts Tuesday afternoon when her flight touches down in Seattle.
After disembarking from the London-to-Seattle flight, Knox’s family will speak briefly to reporters. Then they want some time alone.
Family spokesman David Marriott said Knox doesn’t have concrete plans for the future after landing in Seattle.
“They’ve all been so focused on the appeal,” Marriott said Tuesday. “They’re going to take some time and see what normal looks like now. It’s certainly different than what it was. They’ll take a look at the next steps. Obviously, there’s been a million requests for interviews.”
Knox is likely to be a hot commodity for some time — especially if Donald Trump has any say in future plans. Some news agencies are reporting she started work on a book in prison and already has hundreds of pages written.
“She’ll write, because that’s her way of dealing with things,” stepfather Chris Mellas told the Guardian.
But he said she hasn’t started the project yet. Already, some are speculating about how much a book deal could net for Knox.
Also looming in the future for Knox: Prosecutors say they’ll appeal Monday’s acquittal.
“Let’s wait and we will see who was right,” Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini told the Associated Press. “The first court or the appeal court.”
He added: “This trial was done under unacceptable media pressure. The decision was almost already announced; this is not normal.”
Experts say an appeal could be difficult, since the court’s finding that DNA evidence was compromised.
Knox supporter Tom Wright told CBS a celebration is forthcoming in Seattle, but it will be “at a time and place of (Knox’s) choosing.”
He added these words of support: “Way to go, kid.”
When Amanda Knox returns home to the U.S. Tuesday, she’ll have no shortage of so-called friends in high places. But her highest friend might be the real-estate mogul sitting at the top of New York’s Trump Tower.
Donald Trump thinks the newly-acquitted Knox has some star potential, and he wants to help her find a way to pay her legal fees. He told new CNN anchor Erin Burnett Monday that Knox could “become a big star and build some dividends” from her ordeal in Italy.
Trump has long been a supporter of Knox, urging Americans to boycott Italy until her release. (Looks like the Donald might finally be lifting that ban.)
“I’ve been supporting the (Knox) family,” Trump said. “I’ve been helping the family and will continue to help them.”
Amanda Knox sightings were elusive Tuesday, but the former student was briefly spotted at an airports in Rome and London just before boarding a plane to Seattle with her family.
Knox, newly acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, appeared in high spirits. The 24-year-old smiled at supporters as she carried her bag through the airport and gave one man a hug.
Meanwhile, the family of Meredith Kercher released a statement saying they are disappointed with the verdict:
“We respect the decision of the judges but we do not understand how the decision of the first trial could be so radically overturned. We still trust the Italian justice system and hope that the truth will eventually emerge.”
More Knox news:
Globe and Mail: “Amanda Knox headed home to U.S.; search continues for Kercher’s killer.”
seattlepi.com: “Donald Trump: Amanda Knox could ‘become a big star.”
Associated Press: “Kercher family perplexed by verdict freeing Knox.”
Seattle Times: “Outcome rewards vigilance of family, friends.”
As Amanda Knox was led crying out of an Italian courtroom Monday following her acquittal, a tidal wave of information erupted online.
Some of it was incorrect.
Several news organization got the court’s decision wrong at first, publishing pre-written stories saying Knox “looks stunned” as her appeal was overturned and that she would be “returned to jail in Perugia, Italy.” One AFP story (lately removed from the Internet) even quoted prosecutors saying they were “delighted” with the verdict.
Wrong,wrong and wrong. Besides the stunned look, the exact opposite happened.
Errors aside, here are a few interesting (and correct) Amanda Knox headlines from around the world.
Mail Online: “As Amanda Knox walks free, now DNA evidence is on trial.”
The Guardian: “Amanda Knox: police under fire over botched investigation.”
New York Times opinion: “Justice in Perugia.”
seattlepi.com: “Local supporters: ‘Amanda is going to need a lot of help.’”
seattlepi.com: “Lifetime will update, replay Amanda Knox movie.”