Posts Tagged: entropy

Creeping Subway Despair Confirmed By Data

New Yorkers are as entitled to complain about the subway to one another as they are obligated to defend it to everyone else. Both activities sustain us sufficiently to endure the reality of the subway, which is not very good at all: The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign today released its third annual analysis of thousands of MTA “electronic alerts.” It showed that the number of alerts of delay-generating incidents had increased by 35% in two years ­– from 2,967 alerts in 2011 to 3,998 in 2013.

“The increase in alerts is a troubling sign that subway service is deteriorating," said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the NYPIRG…

The [...]


The Eternal Space-Time Crystal Clock Ought To Be A Big Seller At Spencer's Gifts

I have read this Scientific American article about how scientists have figured out how to build a clock that will continue telling time even after the universe no longer exists four times now, and a) Of course I'm not smart enough to really understand it. It has to do with creating an electric field that will trap charged ions in a four-dimensional crystal shape, and the ions' natural "Coulomb repulsion" will start them rotating in a circle. ("Coulomb repulsion" is the thing where positively charged ions push away other positively charged ions and negatively charged ions push away other negatively charged ions, like with magnets.) The [...]