By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's long-live-dectalk department
writes "Intel application engineer Travis Bonifield has been working closely with Hawking to communicate with the world for a decade. He's traveled from the United States to England every few years to hand-deliver Hawking a customized PC. Bonifield talks about the technology that powers the customized system."
Hawking's latest machine is a Thinkpad x220. Lately he's been trouble speaking
due to weakened cheek muscles (down to one word per minute). New Scientist has a brief interview with Hawking's outgoing technician
on the challenges he faced. It turns out Hawking is still
using a DECtalk
(despite some reports suggesting otherwise
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By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's quantum-mechanics-never-looked-so-good department
writes "Researchers at Cambridge University have produced a quantum fluid thousands of times larger than previously, leading to the possibility of polaritions produced at lower power and at a broader temperature range. This could lead to quantum circuits, as well as applications such as more sensitive gyroscopes."
The paper was published in Nature Physics
on January 8th, but a pre-press version is available through arXiv
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