Latest Coin flipping Stories

2011-11-30 14:47:19

Tossing quantum coins moves closer to reality Alice and Bob have broken up and have moved as far away from each other as possible. But they still have something to sort out: who gets to keep the car. Flipping a coin while talking on the phone to decide who gets to keep it just won't work. There's no trust. Neither believes each other's result. A paper published in Nature Communications by a team of researchers from Canada and Switzerland explores the concept of coin flipping in the...

2011-01-07 05:00:00

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every football game, whether pee-wee, high school, college or pro, starts with the same event: a coin toss. But while every game has a coin toss, there's not a "standard" coin. Sometimes it's a beat-up quarter found at the bottom of the ref's pocket. Maybe it's a coach's lucky half-dollar with John F. Kennedy on one side. Sometimes there's a commemorative coin printed to underscore the significance of the game. They're all metal in one...

2009-07-09 14:05:00

Bonn physicists take first step towards super-fast search algorithms for quantum computersWhen you toss a coin, you either get heads or tails. By contrast, things are not so definite at the microcosmic level. An atomic 'coin' can display a superposition of heads and tails when it has been thrown. However, this only happens if you do not look at the coin. If you do, it decides in favor of one of the two states. If you leave the decision where a quantum particle should go to a coin like this,...

2009-01-29 16:20:00

GENERAL PETRAEUS TO TOSS COIN CREW MEMBERS OF US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1549 RECOGNIZED ON FIELD TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The NFL will salute the military and the heroic crew of US Airways Flight 1549 during Super Bowl XLIII pregame festivities at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay live on NBC on Feb. 1; it was announced today. GENERAL DAVID H. PETRAEUS, commander of the United States Central Command, will toss the coin in a special ceremony moments before the start of the game. The...

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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.