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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 At a time when the American Dream is supposedly dead for most Americans, while Wall Streeters are seen as permanently ensconced in government-backed luxury, the chances of moving up or down would appear slim. But the rich and poor may be far more fluid than the conventional wisdom would have us believe. A Census Bureau study shows that from 2004 to 2007, about a third of the households in the highest income quintile (the top 20%) moved down to another income group. Willow garage. The Sleepless Elite. 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. 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. 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. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding. Full article. 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.

Video: MIT's New Nav System Turns the Entire Dashboard into a Huge 3-D Interactive Display

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. 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.

World's largest model airport the Knuffingen goes on show

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. 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.

A Practical Way to Make Invisibility Cloaks

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. Cash Rules Everything Around Me - Home - The Inductive. Universe Sandbox. The many faces of Universe Sandbox. Random moons and the new user interface. The Milky Way & Andromeda galaxies colliding 2.5 billion years from now. Adding an Earth to the Simulation Use Chart Mode to line up the one hundred largest bodies in our solar system. Our amazing inner solar system in anaglyph 3D.

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? Jacob Barnett of Hamilton County, Ind., who is just weeks shy of his 13th birthday, thinks so. And, he’s got the solutions to prove it. Barnett, who has an IQ of 170, explained his expanded theory of relativity — in a YouTube video. His mother Kristine Barnett, who admittedly flunked math, did what every other mother would do if her genius son started talking mathematical gibberish. She told him to explain the whole thing slowly while she taped her son explaining his take on the theory.

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. Google Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication For Everyone. You Should Use It. Latest Geminoid Is Incredibly Realistic. Escher's Waterfall. An Interview With Bernie Madoff. 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. Jose Huitron had just hit the digital wall. Toggling between Facebook, Google, Twitter and a handful of other online communities, he found it hard to keep up with a constant barrage of tweets, texts and instant messages. Atom-Thick Material Shows Electronic Promise. Isolani - Javascript: Breaking the Web with hash-bangs.

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