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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

That “we live in a simulation" trope being advanced by Elon Musk and some folk on the fringes of science? Fuggeddaboutit, because it's impossible to build a simulator that would reproduce what humans already know about quantum systems. That's the confident conclusion drawn from a paper that revels in the title “Quantized …

LOHAN enjoys some hot hardware-in-the-loop action

Take one spaceplane autopilot, a German brain surgeon, and throw a virtual Vulture 2 courtesy of a Tennessee X-Plane ace into the mix, and you've got the perfect recipe for some hot Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) action. Screen grab of the first Vulture 2 HIL simulation While we at …
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2014
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Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

Jaguar Land Rover has promised to return car manufacturing to Britain, although it will only be simulating cars rather than building them. It has announced plans to plough £10m into developing simulation technology which will allow designers to mimic the process of building and testing a car. The programme is a collaboration …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jun 2013
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Bio-boffins create world's first digital STD

A bacterium that in humans can cause genital pain, itching, and a burning sensation while urinating has become the subject of the first-ever complete software simulation of an entire organism, the New York Times reports. The simulation is the work of a team of boffins from Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2012
The Australian Light Armored Vehicle (ASLAV)

How to simulate a light armoured vehicle

The Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) is an eight-wheeled, 13,450-kilogram monster, which bristles with a grenade launcher, a pair of machine guns and a 25 millimetre M242 “Bushmaster” chain gun. The ASLAV can carry six troops in addition to its three crew. Two of the latter ride inside the vehicle's turret, where the …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2012

Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

Ever wondered what a Walking Dead-style apocalypse would be like? Well, now you have the opportunity through an immersive "zombie experience", which lets the brave take on undead in an abandoned shopping centre. Those of you who failed to get an invite to Capcom's AR hunt this week will be pleased to know there's an even more …
Caleb Cox, 21 Mar 2012

NOAA picks IBM for supercomputer storm chasing

Updated The server executives at Big Blue are probably breathing a bit easier now that the company managed to survive a competitive bidding process on a monster supercomputer contract at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the climate modeling arm of the US Department of Commerce. As a result, IBM has the potential to …
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Boffin's bot spots red light jumpers before they kill

A team at MIT has developed a computer algorithm that claims to predict which cars will run a red light at traffic intersections. The system, developed at the MIT Aerospace Controls Laboratory, uses cameras to track a car’s progress towards a red light, matching its speed, deceleration, and road position, and then predicts …
Iain Thomson, 1 Dec 2011
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Wooden Mars ark voyagers set to step out on Earth

A group of six men who have spent the past 17 months sealed up inside a spaceship simulator near Moscow - in order to investigate the problems which might arise on a mission to Mars - are about to regain their liberty. Diego Urbina relaxing in the Mars500 facility. Credit: ESA Life aboard the wooden space ark. The denizens …
Lewis Page, 1 Nov 2011
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US Secret Service tabletop training toytown goes virtual

You know the US Secret Service? Famously it isn't actually the secret service of the USA; that's the CIA. What the Secret Service mainly does is investigate financial and computer crimes, though it is much better known for providing bodyguards and security teams for the President, vice-president and other major US public figures …
Lewis Page, 16 Feb 2011
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Wooden spaceship descends into Moscow sandpit

Joyous news from the European Space Agency today, which reports that it has successfully landed three astronauts on Mars. Sadly this is only simulated Mars: the three spacesuited pioneers are at present exploring a large indoor sandpit, having spent the previous eight months inside a wood-panelled simulator pretending they were …
Lewis Page, 14 Feb 2011
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Google Earth 'Liquid Galaxy' open sourced*

The enterprising Googlers who created an immersive setup that uses eight 55-inch HD displays to surround you with a near-360° Google Earth fly-through have open sourced the code and mechanical plans for what they call their "Liquid Galaxy". "With the Liquid Galaxy, we ... fly through the Grand Canyon, leap into low-Earth orbit …
Rik Myslewski, 4 Oct 2010
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Mighty hard-sums special function toolset goes online

US federal boffins are chuffed as ninepence to announce that they have transformed their "most widely cited publication of all time" - a huge handbook/toolkit of hard sums - into an online service. The work in question is the mighty Handbook of Mathematical Functions from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology ( …
Lewis Page, 13 May 2010
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Spanish Army builds ant-colony AI conquistador algorithm

Spanish computer researchers and army officers say they have developed an algorithm based on the behaviour of ant colonies which can plot "the best path" through battlefields for manoeuvring troops. The general-ware has apparently been tested in a "mini-simulator" developed by modifying the computer game Panzer General. The AI …
Lewis Page, 9 Nov 2009
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Hefty IT prof develops robot to check that robots are safe

A Turing-awardwinner* boffin in the States says he has developed new software which can test the safety of computer-controlled railways, air-traffic systems, hospital intensive-care monitors, enormous 600-tonne godzilla lorries and such like - all the many kinds of smart machinery which can kill people. Automated "roundabout" …
Lewis Page, 21 Apr 2009
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Force 1800 superhurricanes snapped on far-off world

Pic Californian astronomers have used a NASA orbital telescope to generate unique "photorealistic" imaging of a planet nearly 200 lightyears away while it swung close by its parent star, causing an "explosion" of terrifically powerful atmospheric storms as the far-off world heated up to 1200°C. The blue is sunlight: the red is the …
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2009
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Deals inked on DARPA's Matrix cyberwar VR

Pentagon plans to develop a Matrix-style simulated computer world in which to try out the cyber WMDs of tomorrow appear to be moving forward. Reports indicate that the ambitious plans for a "National Cyber Range" - in which weapons-grade government malware would be test-fired much as missiles are on a normal firing range - have …
Lewis Page, 5 Jan 2009
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Dassault to build aerospace-factory Sims

Graphic engines used in the latest videogames are set to be see more and more service in the French aerospace industry, according to reports. French aviation and techweapon firm Dassault Systemes is especially keen on the idea, according to its R&D veep Pascal Lecland. "We want more and more realistic simulations and we want …
Lewis Page, 21 Nov 2008

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