Japanese Scientists Fire the Most Powerful Laser On the Planet

Sepa Blackforesta writes: Scientist from University of Osaka claim have fired the world’s most powerful laser. The beam was intact for 2-petawatt, pulse lasted just one picosecond. While it produced a huge amount of power, the energy required for the beam itself is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for two seconds. An associate professor of electrical engineering at Osaka University Junji Kawanaka says “With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts.”

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Defense asks jurors to spare Colorado theater shooter’s life

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Defense lawyers for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday, urging jurors to consider mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his insanity claim when they convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others at a Colorado movie theater

Holmes was found guilty on all 165 charges he faced.

“It was not about notoriety, it was not about hatred. It was about the delusion,” attorney Tamara Brady said.

“The stressors triggered his psychosis, the psychosis caused him to be delusional, and come up with this plan to shoot people in this theater,” she said. “No one has said that Mr. Holmes is malingering or faking or exaggerating psychiatric symptoms. He is indisputably mentally ill.” Read more…

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ review: Hip-hop nostalgia goes Hollywood

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“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.”

These are the first words spoken on the seminal 1988 album Straight Outta Compton by hip-hop group N.W.A. Three scrappy guys from Compton — Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre — become stars, little bits of legendary status sparking together in the aftermath of the album’s release, success and notoriety

It was the birth of gangsta rap, or “reality rap,” as Ice preferred to call it. The kind of rap born out of being manhandled and violated by overzealous police officers. The kind of rap that uncovers life in the streets, rife with guns, gangs and drugs. No one was able to narrate life in Compton better than N.W.A. Read more…

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Van Halen dances the night away on the Bangor Waterfront

BANGOR, Maine — As far as bang for your buck goes, you’d be hard pressed to find a better live music deal than Van Halen. The venerable rockers played a two-hour set at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Thursday night, blasting through their enormous list of hits, fan …

Robots Must Be Designed To Be Compassionate, Says SoftBank CEO

An anonymous reader writes: At the SoftBank World conference in Tokyo, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has made a case for robots to be developed so as to form empathic and emotional relationships with people. “I’m sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friendSomeday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people,” SoftBank’s Aldebaran tech group will make its empathic “Pepper” robot available for companies to rent in Japan from October at a rate of $442 per month.

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LePage compares a man ‘beating his wife’ to Eves’ charter school hiring

On Thursday, the announcement by Maine House Speaker Mark Eves (D) that he has filed a lawsuit against Maine Governor Paul LePage made headlines across the state and nation. Filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, the civil suit alleges that LePage was acting out of “personal rage, vindictiveness and …

Here’s how to install Windows 10 on a Mac. But should you do it?

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Can Windows 10 run on a Mac?

Of course it can. Users have been able to install Windows on a Mac for years, and Microsoft’s latest operating system is no exception. And no, the Apple police won’t come after you, we swear.

By installing Windows 10, you get access to a host of new features. First you’ll notice the look and feel. It’s taking the flat, tile-based user interface introduced in Windows 8 and combining it with the Windows your parents know. There’s a fancy new browser called Edge, and a new app switcher Mac users are sure to find familiar Read more…

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Is Windows 10 enough to bring Microsoft back? Listen to our debate

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Windows 10, Microsoft’s highly-anticipated update to its software ecosystem, is finally here, and the reviews have been largely positive.

Since we also see Windows 10 as a strong improvement to Microsoft’s key update, our debate on this week’s episode of MashTalk asks: is it enough for Microsoft? Or are they simply playing catchup to the likes of Google and Apple?

Listen to the episode on Libsyn, above, or on iTunes. You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes, and get our latest episodes instantly.

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A live exorcism will air on TV just in time to summon your Halloween spirit

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It’s not too early to start planning your Halloween costume and it’s definitely not too early to write out a detailed schedule for yourself to make sure you see every haunting and horrifying thing you can. Work on your time management so you are sure to conduct ritual viewings of Nightmare on Elm Street, The Ring, The Omen and The Exorcism.

But if you’re ready for the real thing, you have the first live televised exorcism in U.S. history to look forward to this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Destination America will air Exorcism: Live Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. Read more…

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Silent night: The iconic Sydney venues killed by lockout laws

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Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia was an area known for its seedy underbelly, its boozy nights and its ability to drag you in and spit you out. It was the centre of an otherwise tame city that prided itself on its wild characters and its raucously good times.

Now Kings Cross in Sydney is known for its empty streets, closed down and abandoned businesses and instead paints a very vivid picture of an over-regulated city.

On Thursday, the iconic institution Hugos Lounge closed its doors and Sydney mourned again. It is the latest in a long list of decades-old establishments shutting down, and blaming the state government’s strict laws Read more…

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