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Fotoclix - Andy Bitterer Photography - Tumblr. Launching the Data Science Toolkit. Let the geek worship begin. Jennifer Ouellette, contributor As The New Cool by Neal Bascomb shows, classroom robot wars can inspire the celebration of invention "IT IS almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry," Albert Einstein once observed, expressing his frustrations with his early formal education.

Let the geek worship begin

March 24, 2011 - High-temperature Superconductor Spills Secret: A New Phase of Matter. Menlo Park, Calif. — Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors could indicate a new phase of matter.

March 24, 2011 - High-temperature Superconductor Spills Secret: A New Phase of Matter

Understanding this “pseudogap” has been a 20-year quest for researchers who are trying to control and improve these breakthrough materials, with the ultimate goal of finding superconductors that operate at room temperature. "Our findings point to management and control of this other phase as the correct path toward optimizing these novel superconductors for energy applications, as well as searching for new superconductors," said Zhi-Xun Shen of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science (SIMES), a joint institute of the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University. Shen led the team of researchers that made the discovery; their findings appear in the March 25 issue of Science. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a U.S.

The Myth of the Permanent Rich - The Wealth Report. By Robert Frank Researchers and journalists (myself included) often refer to the rich as a fixed group.

The Myth of the Permanent Rich - The Wealth Report

There are the “the rich” who keep getting richer, with ever-rising shares of the nation’s income and wealth. And then there are “the rest,” who aren’t getting much of either. The rich also fall. Willow garage. The Sleepless Elite. Updated April 5, 2011 12:01 a.m.

The Sleepless Elite

ET. Hot Rocks: Geology Photo Contest Winners. Geologists routinely find themselves in some of the most remote, beautiful and strange spots on Earth.

Hot Rocks: Geology Photo Contest Winners

An Incredible Discovery: Graphene Transistors Self-Cool. Graphene is an unusual single-atom thick carbon semiconductor.

An Incredible Discovery: Graphene Transistors Self-Cool

(Source: i09) Researchers measured the heat of a graphene transistor for the first time using atomic force microscopy. The results were surprising -- the material significantly self-cools. (Source: Alex Jerez, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology) Future computers may not need a heat-sink -- their thermal electric properties result in net-cooling effect Heat is a sad fact of life for current generation electronics.

But that could all soon change, according to the results of a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts. How Will You Measure Your Life? Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless.

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success. The students seem highly aware of how the world has changed (as the sampling of views in this article shows). Is Chernobyl a Wild Kingdom or a Radioactive Den of Decay? This mutant pig fetus was collected near Chernobyl in 1988.

Is Chernobyl a Wild Kingdom or a Radioactive Den of Decay?

Photo: Guillaume Herbaut. Up close and personal with an active volcano. Sandrine Ceurstemont, video producer Few people would venture up close to an erupting volcano.

Up close and personal with an active volcano

But photographer Dr Richard Roscoe specialises in capturing volcanoes in action so he was eager to be one of the first to spend a night on the rim of Mount Bromo in Eastern Java, Indonesia. Since November 2010, the volcano has entered an unusually long active phase, displaying strombolian activity, towering ash columns and occasionally powerful shockwaves. One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco » Design You Trust – Social design inspiration! Thirty five years ago I had yet to be born, but artist Scott Weaver had already begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, that he continues to modify and expand even today.

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco » Design You Trust – Social design inspiration!

I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. Video: MIT's New Nav System Turns the Entire Dashboard into a Huge 3-D Interactive Display. Back in 2009, we wrote about a little robotic dashboard companion called AIDA (for Affective Intelligent Driving Agent), an MIT creation that essentially read a driver's facial expressions to gauge mood and inferred route and destination preferences through social interaction with the driver.

Apparently that was deemed too distracting, so now MIT is back with AIDA 2.0, which swaps the dashboard robot for a massive 3-D interactive map that covers the entire dashboard--because that's not distracting at all. But it is pretty cool. Essentially, AIDA 2.0 would aid the driver by turning all of that unused dashboard real estate into a gesture-controlled three-dimensional display that can control everything from the stereo to the AC, as well as display mapping information in the driver's peripheral.

Incredible Star Wars Propaganda Posters. World's largest model airport the Knuffingen goes on show. An incredible model airport has gone on display in Germany. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images A detail shot at the opening of the new miniature model Knuffingen Aiport. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images PLANES take off, passengers wander through terminals and workers tend to the jets, but this is no ordinary airport. The world’s largest model airport/railway, the Knuffingen Airport, has gone on display in Germany.

In pictures: Amazing model airport. The tent that turns into concrete in less than 24 hours. A Practical Way to Make Invisibility Cloaks. A new printing method makes it possible to produce large sheets of metamaterials, a new class of materials designed to interact with light in ways no natural materials can. For several years, researchers working on these materials have promised invisibility cloaks, ultrahigh-resolution “superlenses,” and other exotic optical devices straight from the pages of science fiction.

But the materials were confined to small lab demonstrations because there was no way to make them in large enough quantities to demonstrate a practical device. “Everyone has, perhaps conveniently, been in the position of not being able to make enough [metamaterial] to do anything with it,” says John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who developed the new printing method. Inflatable Shark Among 300 New Species Discovered in Philippines. A treasure trove of hundreds of new species may have been discovered in the Philippines, including a bizarre sea star that feeds exclusively on sunken driftwood and a deep-sea, shrimp-eating shark that swells up to scare off other predators.

Scientists braved leeches and a host of venomous creatures from the mountains to the sea to uncover more than 300 species that are likely new to science. These findings include dozens of new insects and spiders, more than 50 colorful new sea slugs and a number of deep-sea armored corals "which protect themselves against predatory nibbles from fish by growing large, spiky plates," said researcher Terrence Gosliner, dean of science and research collections at the California Academy of Sciences and leader of the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition.

Challenging field work Working in the field is always a challenge, Gosliner noted. Hot hotspots. Die Smiling On This Hoverbike. By Duncan Geere, Wired UK An Australian chap named Chris Malloy has built a hoverbike from motorbike parts, and he claims it can fly at 173 mph at an altitude of 10,000 feet. [partner id="wireduk"]Those are theoretical figures for the time being because the contraption hasn’t flown too far yet. Malloy bases those outlandish specs on the 231-pound device’s thrust-to-weight ratio. It consists almost solely of a pair of massive propellers powered by an 1,170-cc engine good for 107 horsepower. The fuel tank contains enough juice to give it a range of 92 miles at a cruising speed of 92 mph. Cash Rules Everything Around Me - Home - The Inductive. Universe Sandbox. 12-Year-Old Genius Expands Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Thinks He Can Prove It Wrong. Could Einstein’s Theory of Relativity be a few mathematical equations away from being disproved?

World's Largest indoor Photo: Strahov Philosophical Library, Prague - 40 Gigapixel 360º Panorama. About this photo This image was created from 3,000 individual photos stitched together into a single image that is 280,000 x 140,000 pixels. Link shortening with variable endpoints. Media Matters for America. How To Turn A Laser Into A Tractor Beam. Colin Osburn's Stream. Octopart - Electronic Parts, Electronic Components, Datasheets. The Benefits of Eating Insects. Updated Feb. 19, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET. Google Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication For Everyone. You Should Use It. Given how much data we’re trusting to online sites these days — email, search history, even voice calls — the repercussions to having our account passwords phished, hacked, or guessed are worse than ever.

Latest Geminoid Is Incredibly Realistic. Escher's Waterfall. An Interview With Bernie Madoff. Bernard L. Cubelets: modular, affordable robotics for kids and students. Overview : Technology in Austin : Business : The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Stack Overflow Careers. Sign, edit, and fax documents online. Teach Parents Tech. Communications overload. Atom-Thick Material Shows Electronic Promise. Isolani - Javascript: Breaking the Web with hash-bangs. Isotope. Nano Hummingbird, drone, spy plane, Pentagon: Pentagon, AeroVironment to unveil Nano Hummingbird, an experimental mini-spy plane -