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CultureLab: Let the geek worship begin CultureLab: 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. "For what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom." He would have found a kindred spirit in Amir Abo-Shaeer, a physics teacher at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, who is the heart and soul of Neal Bascomb's new book.
March 24, 2011 - High-temperature Superconductor Spills Secret: A New Phase of Matter 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. 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.
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. 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. The Myth of the Permanent Rich - The Wealth Report
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Updated April 5, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET For a small group of people—perhaps just 1% to 3% of the population—sleep is a waste of time. The Sleepless Elite The Sleepless Elite
Geologists routinely find themselves in some of the most remote, beautiful and strange spots on Earth. Photographing geological features is an important aspect of the science, and every now and then every geologist captures an image that is scientifically interesting and stands out aesthetically as well.We asked the geologists among our Wired Science and Clastic Detritus readers, and anyone else who had a great photo of some nice rocks, to send them in. There were far too many awesome shots among the almost 350 submissions, but we've included the 11 that we thought were the best (in no particular order) in this gallery.Above:Wadi Rum Photographer: Andrew WhiteLocation: Southwestern JordanDate: January 4, 2011Wadi Rum is a strange landscape with mountains ranging up to 5,600 feet high separated by flat, red-sand-filled valleys. Hot Rocks: Geology Photo Contest Winners | Wired Science  Hot Rocks: Geology Photo Contest Winners | Wired Science 
Graphene is an unusual single-atom thick carbon semiconductor. (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. An Incredible Discovery: Graphene Transistors Self-Cool An Incredible Discovery: Graphene Transistors Self-Cool
Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts The list below provides information gathered from press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of FDA-regulated products. Not all recalls have press releases or are posted on this page. See Additional information about recalls for a more complete listing. Clear Filter
How Will You Measure Your Life? 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. 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).
This mutant pig fetus was collected near Chernobyl in 1988. Photo: Guillaume Herbaut The pine trees framing the entrance to the forest appear to be normal. Unremarkable. Is Chernobyl a Wild Kingdom or a Radioactive Den of Decay? | Magazine Is Chernobyl a Wild Kingdom or a Radioactive Den of Decay? | Magazine
New Scientist TV: Up close and personal with an active volcano New Scientist TV: Up close and personal with an active volcano Sandrine Ceurstemont, video producer Few people would venture up close to an erupting 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.
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. 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. vimeo.com/22461692 One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco » Design You Trust – Social design inspiration!
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. Like its predecessor, AIDA 2.0 also learns your route and destination preferences and habits.
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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. World's largest model airport the Knuffingen goes on show
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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. A Practical Way to Make Invisibility Cloaks
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. Inflatable Shark Among 300 New Species Discovered in Philippines | 2011 California Academy of Sciences Expedition | Deep-Sea Armored Corals
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12-Year-Old Genius Expands Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Thinks He Can Prove It Wrong
World's Largest indoor Photo: Strahov Philosophical Library, Prague - 40 Gigapixel 360º Panorama
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Google Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication For Everyone. You Should Use It.
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Nano Hummingbird, drone, spy plane, Pentagon: Pentagon, AeroVironment to unveil Nano Hummingbird, an experimental mini-spy plane - latimes.com