Gmail interface horror

July 9, 2014

Accidentally sending an unfinished, unedited email can be a really big mistake, so one wouldn’t want to make this mistake really, really easy… Here is the button-filled corner of the “Reply” edit window in Gmail. Note the a measurement added in red: Is there any imaginable excuse for placing the Send button just 10 pixels […]

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Keynote at TVC 2014

July 3, 2014

Sorry for the late mention, but last week I gave a talk at the Technology Ventures Conference at the University of Cambridge. The organizers promise to post a video. The conference was a lot of fun. I don’t know where else I’d have an opportunity to discuss nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, Haskell, and medicine all in […]

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Standard Model followup

July 3, 2014

Here’s a reworked diagram of interactions in the Standard Model of particle physics, now in the Wikipedia article: This supersedes and corrects the previous Wikipedia diagram. Diagramming the Standard Model is a relatively good excuse to play with graphics.

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Just in case you missed reading XKCD…

June 11, 2014

Failing to read XKCD is, of course, a mistake.

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Physics Quiz: Corrected Answers

April 25, 2014

With thanks to Kevin, the previous post has been updated with corrections re. neutrinos and the Higgs.

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Physics Quiz: Standard Model Answers

April 19, 2014

Last week’s Physics Quiz asked about errors in Wikipedia’s current diagram of the Standard Model. Here’s the diagram with [corrected] corrections; answers follow: What do the arcs represent? The Standard Model interactions between particles: the boson-mediated strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces. Which of the arcs is incorrect? [And a question that got lost: Where is […]

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Physics Quiz: The Standard Model

April 16, 2014

The Wikipedia page on the Standard Model currently includes the diagram below: What do the arcs represent? Which of the arcs is incorrect? Extra credit, Wikipedia history department:   How did one correction lead to both errors? Added: Where is a second arc missing? (This makes question 3 ambiguous.) 17 April update: added question 4 after […]

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Rise of the robots (per the Economist)

April 1, 2014

In the Economist: “Rise of the robots: Prepare for a robot invasion. It will change the way people think about technology”. The robotics revolution is, of course, riding the exponential wave of today’s leading nanotechnology, digital nanoelectronics, and today’s robots give only a taste of what nanomechanical technologies will enable through radical improvements in the […]

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Environmental Impact

March 5, 2014

From xkcd. How to roll back the impact of agriculture here.

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Speaking in Colorado at two Curiosity Retreats

March 4, 2014

John Hendricks founded the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, aiming to change the way people think about science and the world around them. The Curiosity Project, is his new, personally funded venture to bring audiences “deep dive” content in science, technology, and broader areas of human concern. I will be speaking at the two inaugural […]

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Apologies for Oxford talk overflow

January 25, 2014

My apologies to readers who were turned away from my Oxford talk on Radical Abundance last Wednesday — the room had reached capacity.

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Talk at Oxford: “Remaking the 21st Century”

January 21, 2014

I’m giving a talk for the Oxford University Scientific Society this Thursday, January 23rd. See announcement: Dr Eric Drexler: “Remaking the 21st Century” (Thursday, in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Lab) 23/1, 8:15 pm. Note also my Oxford book event tomorrow, January 22nd. (Previous post here.)

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