Thought for the month

“We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.” Bernard Williams, British philosopher (1929 – 2003).

Thursday, 21 February 2013

In brief

The Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show highlighted many novel gadgets. The floating easel Samsung TV will start at under $30,000 for the smaller 85-inch version.
A group at St Andrew’s University have found a way to generate a special optical field that efficiently reverses the radiation pressure of light producing a mini Star Trek tractor beam.
It is definitely quite small - scientists confirm the surprisingly small proton radius with laser spectroscopy of hydrogen.

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