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Google today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems.
The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.
Simply flush fiber optic with weight down toilet for connectivity
Go to www.google.com and look at latest breakthrough
Other April Fool Jokes for Nerds
Change language interface in Google Search to Elmer Fudd
Change language of PC to something other than English
Install custom sounds at start up and shut down
Fool’s Tools CD
CD-ROM Collection of Classic Computer Pranks for April Fools Day
CD includes 25 pranks plus links to many more
Blue Screen of Death, Backwards Mouse, Bomb, Crazy Num Caps Scroll, DownHoax, Fake Format, Flip It, HeadAche, Mime Mouse, Open Close CD, Random Burper, Random Wallpaper Changer, Shakedown, The Finger, Click Me, Cursor Fun, Fake Delete Fake Start, Floppy Madness, Message Manager Lite, Mouse Mayhem, Program WAV Launcher, Random Farter, Rotate, Y2K Joke
Hosted by Smithsonian Institute and Department of Energy
Brian Greene, String Theorist, author The Elegant Universe
Lawrence Kraus, Elementary Particle Physicist, author of Hiding in the Mirror : The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond. Also wrote The Physics of Star Trek and Beyond Star Trek
The entire Baird Auditorium was sold out
String theory is an attempt to unify the two pillars of modern science: Quantum Mechanics (the very small) and General Relativity (the very large).
String theory proposes that all elementary particles are are made of tiny, vibrating strings of energy.
String theory requires the existence of six (or seven) extra spatial dimensions, "hidden" dimensions curled in tiny geometric shapes at every single point in our universe.
Each universe or reality is actually a ten dimensional membrane (or brane) within an eleven dimensional world
According to string theory mathematics, the extra dimensions could adopt any of tens of thousands of possible shapes, each shape theoretically corresponding to its own universe with its own set of physical laws.
The question remains: how are the extra dimensions folded?
Arguments in favor of theory
Only theory that currently embraces both Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity
Actually predicted gravity
Experimental verification possible, but difficult
Three possible ways to experimentally verify the theory
Distribution of background radiation created by the Big Bang.
Planck satellite to be launched by EU should be sensitive enough to measure this.
The shapes of extra dimensions can be "seen" by deciphering their influence on cosmic energy released by the violent birth of the universe over13 billion years ago
Observation of harmonics when atoms collide in atom smashers.
Hopes that the Large Hadron collider at CERN will do it
Looking harmonic frequencies of the basic string resonance frequency as indirect proof of strings
Energy leakage when atoms collide
Energy lost is caused by presence of additional dimensions.
Based on the fact that total energy must be conserve
Arguments against theory
Never experimentally verified
No actual quantifiable predictions yet and probably never
Extra dimensions are not natural and actually a fudge factor
Still not proven after 37 years
For those who are interested in String Theory
The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene (in paperback and hardback)
The Elegant Universe, 3-hour PBS Series, hosted by Brian Greene